Fish on the Green, Bearsted Green

Easter Sunday we went for a family meal at Fish on the Green. It was prior to starting this blog, but thought it worth a mention as it appears to fit the profile for my criteria of seasonal, Kentish food.

I don't know how much of their menu is locally sourced, (and couldn't contact the restaurant to confirm as they are closed on a Monday), but lots of their menu has "local" in the description and they are also connected to Oak on the Green, whose website states that they "opt for honest quality of ingredients and source locally and use local trades, supplies and consumables, wherever possible".

There were six of us for dinner, and most of us opted for the rather affordable set lunch menu of 2 courses at £14.95, or 3 for £17.95. The three men of the group all opted for chicken liver pate followed by traditional fish and chips. The portions were extremely generous and all three men seemed happy with their catch.

Personally, I opted to forgo the set menu in favour of getting my mitts on 1/2 dozen Grilled Oysters with Chorizo, and I was not disappointed with my choice of starter. It was served simply with lemon, and needed nothing else, as the fresh oysters spoke for themselves. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures as I didn't know I'd need them, but all dishes were beautiful to both look at and to consume. For main, I had Sea Bass with a red pepper sauce and a black olive tapenade. Again, this was simply but elegantly presented and all flavours and textures were perfectly combined. Nom indeed.

As this was quite a while ago, I'm afraid I can't remember what my sister and mother ordered, but I do remember that all of us were satisfied by taste and our bellies were feeling pretty stuffed and content. There were a couple of desserts ordered for the greedier among us, but I opted for an Irish coffee as an alternative. This was served with five gorgeous handmade truffles which were incredibly rich, and after my main I just couldn't get them all down, but they were gratefully received by the rest of the table too- after some faux reservations and complaints of being too full. I even took a picture of my coffee as it had a cute little stick man in it!

I would definitely recommend a visit if you're a seafood fan, but even if you're not there are some beautiful sounding meat and vegetarian options too. It can be a fairly affordable meal as well if you choose the set lunch, but everything on the menu is well worth the price, I don't remember a single complaint- apart from the feeling a bit stuffed! I also plan on checking out Oak on the Green once it reopens in June, as I have high hopes of their ability to fill me with good food. So all in all, delicious.


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