website!) The Butley Orford Oysterage is a seafood restaurant tucked away in one of the prettiest fishing villages I have ever seen. The vibe is light and airy but also homely - I loved the pale green paintwork and the paper tablecloths which feature some beautiful, inky black illustrations. Most importantly of all the seafood was out of this world fresh and delicious!
We couldn't resist starting with half a dozen oysters each (greedy!) - they arrived fat and fresh, wobbling in their shells. Oysters are my absolute favourite food and I savoured each and every one. They smelled like a clear rockpool on a warm summers day and had a deliciously plump, burst-in-the-mouth texture. Alongside our oysters we ordered the Prawns Pil Pil and dipped warm wholewheat bread in the smoky, spicy oil.
I felt so spoilt to be able to choose from so much fresh seafood - some of which is caught by the restaurant and the rest of which is caught locally. In the end I went for the skate wing with brown butter and capers. The thick white meat of the fish was complimented so beautifully by the rich butter and the capers kept it all light and more-ish. Ciaran went for a piece of grilled salmon the size of my hand and my lovely Aunty Jane (who so kindly introduced us to this wonderful place) went for the Dover Sole. The portions were humongous but when we saw the desert menu I suddenly found I had more room! Room for warm chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream and a good few spoonfulls of Ciaran's raspberry sorbet.
This place is really special and definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area of Orford, Suffolk - in fact I would probably make a special trip just to eat here again and walk around the pretty town (which we didn't do this time because we were full of fish and wine and it was cold).
If you're an oyster aficionado like me and have just been served up a big plate of food envy by reading this post don't worry! The Butley Orford Oysters are available to buy online along with their other delicious smoked fish! Visit their online shop here.