After a lifetime spent avoiding seafood, I have suddenly become a bit addicted. In the past an invitation to a seafood restaurant would have struck fear into me, nowadays it’s pure delight.
The Mussel Inn is located on Rose Street and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Some brave souls braved the muggy weather outdoors, we selected for the safe option inside.
As you’d expect, The Mussel Inn features predominantly seafood with all your favourites appearing in different forms.
We like a bit of sharing action so we ordered the Tiger Prawns with chilli, garlic, and parsley butter. These were nicely cooked with that nice bouncy texture, not rubbery at all. The chilli was a welcome twist on the standard garlic butter.
We couldn’t go to The Mussel Inn and not try their mussels. Our second starter was the Mussel Platter (pictured above)- 18 juicy mussels served in their shell and swimming in a lake of garlicky butter. Bread for dipping was in plentiful supply.
My friend chose the Surf and Turf, a juicy rump steak, three of those tiger prawns, and three queen scallops in their shell. It was all served with a seafood sauce and potatoes. No complaints at all here. I had a little taste of the steak and it tasted like really good quality beef to me.
I had already checked the website prior to my visit and noticed that The Mussel Inn would be serving their special, Lobster Thermidor, throughout July. I couldn’t resist, and I’m so glad I didn’t. I pigged out on the whole lobster and it will live long in the memory. A light thermidor sauce ensured that none of the lobster flavour was lost. The claws placed on top de-shelled felt like a bonus.
I have pretty low expectations when it comes to dessert, if it’s not bought in frozen then I am grateful. Desserts at The Mussel Inn appear to be made on site. Of course dessert is not the main attraction here, but both the Strawberry Cheesecake and Coconut Pannacotta were tasty and well made.
The Mussel Inn
Location: Rose street
Price: Starters £5-£9
Good for: Seafood