The Old Picture House – Seaton

New Summer Menu at The Old Picture House

 

For our latest meal out, we took a trip just across the border into Devon to the lovely seaside town of Seaton to try out the new summer menu at the Old Picture House. We’ve never been before so really didn’t know what to expect.

It was clear when we arrived that renovations have taken place recently. As well as being immaculately and stylishly decorated, it was spotlessly clean. You get an indication of the theme of the restaurant as you walk in and see images of various film stars adorning the walls. However, it’s when you go upstairs that you get the full picture. The decor is relatively minimalist and understated whilst making an immediate impression. Colourful, comfortable seating, sympathetic lighting and well blended modern and antique fixtures and fittings. I feel like I’m trying to rent out a fully furnished house. I’m a bit of a philistine when it comes to talking about decor so I’ll reserve commentary for someone who knows what they’re talking about. Maybe Sarah should write one of these posts. In two words… as I’ve already said, “stylish” and also fun.

 

On to the food…

Choosing from the menu was quite hard as there was so much that appealed to us. Calamari was on the “Opening Acts” list, so that made a tough decision a bit easier. We also opted for the Lamb Koftas which were served with Tzatziki Dip. Being the greedy git that I am, I spotted Hot Poppers on the sharing menu, so ordered a portion of them to accompany our starters.

Pork belly jumped off the page when looking at the mains. That was a winner for both of us and as there was a good selection of burgers, we felt this would be a good opportunity to have one of those. We went for the Salsa Burger. We’re both fans of Mexican/Tex-Mex food and both fancied a burger so this ticked two boxes for us at the same time.

Would we have room for dessert on this occasion? Well at this point I had my doubts, but never say never.

 

Starters (Opening Acts)

I really liked the way the various sections of the menu were themed. Rather than “starters” and “mains” we had “Opening Acts”, “Main Acts”. It added to the experience and it worked really well.

Our starters didn’t take very long to come out. They were presented very attractively.

 

Lamb Koftas at The Old Picture House Hot Poppers at the Old Picture House Lightly Dusted Calamari and Alioli at The Old Picture House

 

We couldn’t fault any of the starters. Calamari is always a favourite if it’s done right. This was and the Alioli was really tasty. The Hot Poppers were actually from the ‘Grazers and Sharers’ section of the menu. Spicy jalepenos filled with nacho cheese in a tortilla coating with sour cream… these were perfect. So glad I got greedy. The lamb koftas were just right. No overcooking or drying out here and the tzatziki dip provided an awesome accompaniment.

 

Main Act

We decided quite quickly given that the menu had so many great options. We could have eaten anything, but in the moment the belly pork and the salsa burger stood out.

 

Salsa burger with skin on fries and slaw Black Rat Cider Braised Belly Pork with mash and gravy

 

The burger was served in a pretzel bun which worked well with the salsa, guacamole, cheddar cheese and chipotle mayonnaise. Jalepenos gave a nice fiery kick and the patty itself was well cooked and juicy. Loved the slaw. Very fresh tasting and added a bit of crunch and zestiness to the plate. The skin on fries were crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. All in all, it was a great choice.

For me, you can’t beat a nice piece of belly pork. Crackling on the top, the tasty layer of fat underneath, melting through the meat on the bottom. Match this with a nice thick gravy, broccoli and some nice fluffy mashed potato and I’m in comfort food heaven. That’s exactly what I got with this dish and I ploughed through most of it before I remembered to offer Sarah a taste. Well, the idea is, we share both dishes, but hey, you snooze you lose. Fortunately for me by the time I’d annihilated what was in front of me, Sarah was just getting going, so, to prove that chivalry is alive and kicking, I helped her with her meal too.

 

Dessert

As we so often do, we decided to share a dessert. We both tend to favour savouries and don’t often think about saving room for sweets. I liked the idea of the “Seaton Mess”, but opted for the baked lemon and raspberry cheesecake. We both like a cheesecake and Sarah makes the best baked lemon one I’ve ever tried. I’d never expect anything to be able to compete with that but, this one was very nice. A good firm base, solid, sweet and zesty top and the raspberries had retained their juiciness whilst being baked.

 

Baked Lemon and Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert

 

 

Departing Thoughts…

Overall, the meal was excellent. We had a nice walk around the town in the sun and sat on the beach with an ice cream taking in the views and listening to calming sound the waves rolling in. there are so many beautiful places along the Jurassic Coast and if you’re in South East Devon or West Dorset, Seaton and neighbouring Axmouth are lovely places to visit. While you’re there, why not call in to The Old Picture House for a drink or a very tasty bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable, portions are generous and the food is extremely good. We’ll certainly be back.

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