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The Old Passage: Seafood at its best

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The Old Passage Arlingham

The Old Passage, Arlingham

An award winning seafood restaurant

We live no more than 15 minutes away from the Old Passage at Arlingham, but it feels like a different world. A distance from the restaurant the GPS announces that we’ve arrived, yet there’s plainly a way to go. We drive on a very straight road for another mile to where the Old Passage is located on the banks of the Severn River.

My Crispy Oyster - the Old Passage, Arlingham

My Crispy Oyster

A ferry across the Severn to Newnham was in existence hundreds of years ago. Up until the Second World War the ferry continued but as the river silted up, passengers often had to be transported on the backs of the ferryman!  Understandably it became less and less used and eventually ceased to operate.

In much more recent times, the Old Passage restaurant was a disco apparently complete with black walls. Now it is white washed and very much at one with the landscape. The interior is welcoming with well spaced tables with artwork from local artists on the walls.

10th Birthday Celebrations

The restaurant celebrating its 10th birthday under the current owner and it fittingly won the Best Seafood Establishment – South category at The 4th annual Food Awards England in October 2017.

Lobster bisque packed with flavour at the Old Passage Arlingham

Lobster bisque packed with flavour

The Old Passage is renowned for its Severn Bore Breakfasts. The one this December has been booked solid since last Easter. The Severn Bore is an amazing phenomenon. With particular combinations of tides, a large surge wave is formed and funnelled up the estuary and can be up to 3 metres in height. It travels rapidly upstream at speeds up to 9.5 kilometres an hour.  Note to self to book early next year!

Mullet ceviche beautifully presented at the Old Passage, Arlingham

Mullet ceviche beautifully presented

The Tasting Menu

We are ready to experience the 7-course tasting menu. Recently at a Michelin starred restaurant near Marlborough, we’d alerted them that my husband is allergic to oysters. He got some kimchi as substitute! Here, the substitution was excellent: crispy squid with mango and passion fruit sauce. I tucked in to the crispy oyster.

Crab and Kohlrabi - a refreshing combination at the Old Passage Arlingham

Crab and Kohlrabi – a refreshing combination

What followed was the perfect seafood menu with plenty of flavours and textures. By the end, were desperately trying to decide which were our favourite when quizzed by our waitress (who is also granddaughter of the owner and their newsletter writer).  All of them apparently doesn’t count! It was very difficult to choose between crispy squid and silky smooth bisque or the freshness of the crab and kohlrabi. Suffice to say we throughly enjoyed our meal.

The final course was duck (strangely) which was delicious. But I really could have stopped at the last fish course.

Scallop with perfectly balanced chorizo and hazelnut at the Old Passage, Arlingham

Scallop with perfectly balanced chorizo and hazelnut

Desserts are extra. These are accomplished but I’d suggest it is the fish dishes where chef John Lane’s considerable talents lie.

John Dory with cider and apple sauce at the Old Passage, Arlingham

John Dory with cider and apple sauce. I could have eaten this for ever!

Find out more

We met two sprightly ladies who had walked from Sharpness that day (about 8 miles) and were staying overnight at the Old Passage. What a wonderful place to eat and stay.

Don’t miss the chance to savour the menu yourself.  If you book before the end of 2017, you can eat the tasting menu for £75 for two if you quote BDAY10

The Old Passage
Arlingham
Gloucestershire
GL2 7JR
01452 740547

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    pinkoddy
    18/10/2017 at 20:01

    Amazing what places we have locally but you just have never heard about – thank you for sharing – especially the info about needing to book early for the Severn Bore Breakfast.

    • Reply
      breadbakerdanielle
      19/10/2017 at 13:22

      We are so lucky! Do let me know if you go.

  • Reply
    Sara at All Aboard the Skylark
    20/10/2017 at 11:11

    I’ve heard good things aboutThe Old Passage, but not made it there yet. The food sounds really delicious, and that John Dory – something you don’t often see on a menu.

    • Reply
      breadbakerdanielle
      20/10/2017 at 12:30

      It’s one of my favourite fish as this was SO delicious

  • Reply
    Roseann
    09/01/2018 at 09:15

    This has long been a place I’ve wanted to visit but not being a lover of seafood always means it slips down my list. I’ve heard such good things though and it might just be the place to try a few new things! Great to read about your experience.

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    • Reply
      breadbakerdanielle
      09/01/2018 at 14:26

      Perhaps fish would suit? There’s also usually a meat dish available too!

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