The Scallop Shell
Funky, vibrant deep sea diner courtesy of a chef whose passion and enthusiasm for seafood knows no bounds
Sea-harvested mussels, langoustines and clams from Dartmouth, crab and rock oysters from Weymouth Bay, Cornish monkfish tails served at their most succulent, on-the-bone best. Skate wing, whole red mullet, sea bream, rock salmon and the fattest, sweetest, freshest cod loin you’re likely to encounter on dry land… such is the delectable array of fresh fish, seafood and shellfish that awaits you on a typical Scallop Shell menu seven days a week (12noon-4pm on Sundays).
This funky, vibrant deep sea diner is the brainchild of Garry Rosser: a chef whose passion and enthusiasm for seafood knows no bounds. Garry’s super-fresh, super-accessible dishes focus on the sheer joy of well-priced, cleanly presented, responsibly sourced non-tetrapod craniate, molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms (geek mode alert!)… and no catches. As a result, tables in both the street-level cafe-style space and first floor dining room (compete with small but perfectly formed “waiting room” bar area and an utterly charming alfresco terrace) represent, at peak times, the most sought-after tables in town.
All the cooking goes on in a lively open kitchen behind an ice-filled bath tub packed with the catch of the day. Little people (oh okay, we) find attention grabbed by the view into the ‘potato room’ where the Scallop Shell’s chips are made, and that fact that making your own chip butties or ordering a pot of Yorkshire tea with your fish’n’chip feast are positively encouraged further adds to the all-inclusive appeal.
If you’re not totally, utterly seduced by the multiple award-winning Scallop Shell vibe, charm and fare (Garry and his team have won multiple national awards, including an AA Rosette for culinary excellence, don’cha know), then there’s something seriously at fault with your satisfaction SatNav.
Can you grab a Scallop Shell feast to-go? Well, yes and no. The Oyster Shell (Moorland Road) is, if you like, the Scallop Shell’s little sister, run by Garry’s son Dan and the Rosser family and specialising in the best of British fish and chips (of course!) alongside a range of English classics such as faggots, Scotch eggs and proper pies, all to take away.
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities