9 places to eat sensational seafood in Gloucestershire

With some of the most exquisite eateries around, Gloucestershire is brimming with restaurants specialising in sensational seafood. Feast your eyes and taste buds on SoGlos's selection of nine of the best places to head for everything from tasty king prawns to sublime smoked salmon.

Looking for some seriously good seafood? Then look no further.
Looking for some seriously good seafood? Then look no further.

Whether you’re after superb seabream or some lavish lobster, SoGlos has handpicked nine places to eat sensational seafood and fish in Gloucestershire.

Featuring sustainably-sourced seafood prepared by some of the county’s finest chefs, seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice.

1. Kibousushi

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Offering something a little different from our other selected seafood restaurants, Kibousushi in Cheltenham is renowned locally for its mastery of combining incredible flavours and fresh fish into exquisite Japanese cuisine.

Divine dishes include sweet miso scallop, salmon teryaki, and a traditional Japanese rice bowl of salmon sashimi donburi. Softshell crab and seabream are also serious contenders for the tastiest dish on the sushi menu too.

2. Hook at The Fish Hotel

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Serving up sophisticated seafood in a sumptuous setting, The Fish Hotel’s Hook restaurant in Broadway promises palate-pleasing dishes, made from carefully selected ingredients and produce. The menu includes dishes such as hake served with bacon and cockles, finished with hispi cabbage.

Taking things alfresco in the summer months, diners can opt to eat outside on the feasting deck, where the talented team of chefs will prepare a fish-inspired feast in their wood-fired ovens.

3. Purslane

Specialising in sustainably-sourced seafood, Purslane is a stunning family-run restaurant nestled in the heart of Cheltenham.

Combining seafood and fish that is only handline and net-caught off the coast of the UK, with seasonal and mainly local produce, the restaurant changes its a la carte menu monthly, promising a real treat for the taste buds with any of its courses.

Expect incredible dishes such as Oban scallops; Cornish hake with hen crab claw; and Cornish ling served up with roasted red pepper, tempura courgette and sour cream.

4. Williams Food Hall & Oyster Bar

Earning its name locally for its gastronomic gems, Williams Food Hall and Oyster Bar in Nailsworth sources nearly all of its fish and seafood from UK coast lines. Pairing together a glass of bubbly and a serving of oysters, the eatery is a must visit for fish fans.

Culinary highlights from the menu include pearl rock oysters, perfectly-seared scallop chunks, and delectable dishes including Catalan fish stew finished with chorizo and samphire.

5. Simpsons Fish & Chips

Frying up feverously good fish and chips in Stroud and Cheltenham, it’s no wonder that Simpsons has a host of awards under its belt, and although it’s not fine dining, the eatery has definitely earned its place in our round up of the best places for flavoursome fish.

Sourcing ingredients from sustainable fisheries, must-haves from the menu include crispy cod bites, whole Scottish langoustine tails, and homemade fishcakes, all served with the Simpsons signature tartare sauce.

6. The Old Passage

Sublime shellfish features heavily on the award-winning menu at The Old Passage in Arlingham, a seafood restaurant that carefully crafts ingredients into devilishly delicious dishes, all served up beside the River Severn.

With the menu changing almost daily, the restaurant uses sustainably-caught fish and shellfish with seriously good shucked oysters and The Old Passage’s signature Fruits de Mer, definitely worth a try.

7. The Old Butchers

Nestled on the quaint streets of Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, The Old Butchers specialises in seafood, with its enticing menu serving the very best that the ocean has to offer.

Feverously good fish dishes include the likes of Cornish mussels marinière, grilled Cornish dover sole, and smoked eel, with the menu changing daily to use only the best produce.

8. The Barn at Severn & Wye

Priding itself on honing the art of smoking the finest fish from Rivers Severn and Wye, Severn & Wye near Gloucester has been a huge hit with diners since opening its stylish new premise and restaurant, The Barn at Severn & Wye.

Expect seasonal dishes in the restaurant including Severn & Wye seabass, local elvers, hot smoked salmon, and grilled oysters. Offering a whole plethora of seafood selections, the colourful fish counter is also a great spot for picking up some of the finest produce around.

9. Russell's Fish and Chips

Taking fish and chips to the Cotswolds, Russells Fish & Chips in Broadway offers diners fish and chip connoisseurs the chance to either dine in its restaurant or take away some fruitful fish selections.

Creating culinary classics including beer battered cod and haddock, breaded plaice, and wholetail scampi, diners can treat their taste buds at the Broadway bolthole.

By Sophie Bird

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