My first visit to The Crow’s Nest was way back in 2011, then I enjoyed a fried breakfast as a birthday treat and was one of my first reviews that I ever did. They still do great breakfasts and now serve my favourite style of food tapas in the evenings. When Emma and Barry (owners since 2016) invited us along to sample their food, we were there.
The Crow’s Nest is in one corner of Hope Square, just off Weymouth Quay. It may be small inside, just 10 tables, but outside tables spread out under the shade of the trees in their own little pocket garden, perfect for a summers evening tapas. There are many pubs and restaurants in the area, making it a destination for hungry visitors and locals. The square is also a popular spot for music events, it just needs the old brewery to be finally redeveloped to make it complete.
We were greeted by Blake and Emily and shown to our table, perfectly situated in the dappled light and with a great view for people watching. All the tables outside were full, which gave a great summery holiday atmosphere across the square. The menu was visually and culinary well balanced, split into meat, fish, non-meat, sides and extras. Each one with mouth watering dishes and as always which three or four to select, do you try and select dishes that complement each other or just pick your favourites hoping they don’t clash. Blake told us the specials of the day and that all the fish and meat are all sourced locally and the squid was caught in Weymouth Bay. He also recommended the meatballs, so I had to try those.
We selected four dishes each, Vicky obviously picked four that matched, mine was a little more eclectic! The wine list is good, with wine by the glass or bottle, we chose a very reasonable and fruity Shiraz from Australia.
It wasn’t long and the food started to arrive, restraint was called for as I wanted a group photo. But I did have a quick nibble on one of the succulent and tender Calamari coated in peppered butter, it was a struggle to stop as it was so good. As you can see from the photo, a few more had been nibbled and I was so glad I had ordered the meatballs, they were big, flavourful and made you feel good about eating them.. (you can have them with or without cheese)
The Patatas Bravas was advertised as coming with a fiery tomato sauce, it was a little lacking on the fiery side for me, but there again I do like my chillis. The Haddock and Mozzarella fish cake had a good texture and plenty of smoky haddock. The crispy crumb lemon and pepper chicken wings were juicy and the coating didn’t over power the chicken.(I will be Googling a recipe for these). We also had the vegetable lasagne, fries and king prawns cooked in a garlic sauce, all where brimming with freshness and flavour.
For those with a sweet tooth, to finish there is a range of homely desserts and cakes, plus a cheese board and also a good selection of liqueur coffees. We shared a triple chocolate brownie with clotted cream, it was served warm and oozing with goodness.
If you like great food, relaxing atmosphere and sensible prices, then head to The Crow’s Nest in the Square – you won’t be disappointed.
The Crow’s Nest in the Square
3 Hope Square
Check out their website for menus and opening times, you can also book online.
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