In North Devon, far from the maddening crowds of Croyde is the small and perfectly formed village of Georgeham. I've been staying in Georgeham for years on surf trips and often eat at The King's Arms (map). It's actually one of my favourite pubs - fire in Winter, games, big wooden tables, great local ales and a burger stacked so high you have to surf all day to truly earn it - you can understand why.
After a hiatus from the blog for far too long I've been inspired to get back on it after a meal at The King's Arms last weekend. I'll confess I'd been surfing all day so the food was always going to go down well. However, this was excellent.
I started with mussels in cider sauce. The mussels were plump, juicy, and the sauce was both sweet from the apples and salty like a good mussel stock should be. There's nothing like the salty taste of the sea after a day in the surf. Happy to report too that there wasn't an empty shell or an anaemic mussel in the whole pot.
Stock mopped up with thick bread, I sat back and awaited the main course.
This was one of the specials, oven baked sole with crevettes, new potatoes and salad. When ordering I'd asked if the fish was substantial fearing my hunger might be too strong. I'd been advised not to worry and the waitress was absolutely right. This was a generous dish. The tender, white meat was plentiful and came away easily from the bone. The top of the fish had been butter-flied open for roasting and where the flesh had been pealed back the potatoes, prawns and samphire were carefully positioned on top. The whole fish and side salad were presented on a large wooden chopping board with which had most heads turning in food envy as it was delivered from kitchen to table.
It was one of the best fish dishes I've tasted and at £15 for a whole sole was unbeatable. Looking forward to those Autumn waves already..