Restaurant review

Le Patio, St Annes, restaurant review: Vacation mood from a menu inspired by favorite destinations

The Patio, Wood Street, St Annes

Our visit was over a busy bank holiday weekend, but the service was excellent with our reserved table ready and waiting and food and drink orders soon taken.

It was evening, so we were seated inside, but the outdoor tables would certainly be tempting for a hot lunch in the small garden where this restaurant is located.

The menu offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes, but diners can also enjoy a traditional fish and chips or burger if they prefer, while a wide selection of steaks are also on offer.

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Oven roasted bass

My husband Clive opted for grilled asparagus served with seared duck eggs for his entrée, and this healthy-looking choice received a definite stamp of approval as the perfect light appetizer.

For me, the theme of the evening was going to be dips – with my entrée of warm olive focaccia accompanied by a trio of small pots each revealing a different treat for the taste buds.

The basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and peperonata dip were delicious to spread on the focaccia.

A main course for Clive of oven-roasted sea bass with sautéed Jersey potatoes, tender stem broccoli and caper butter sauce did not disappoint.

Grilled asparagus

Granted, it’s not quite the same as a fresh peach enjoyed in a Greek port, but the flavorful fish was enough to at least remind us of our travels to sunnier climes.

My choice was the Mediterranean pork, grilled and cooked with garlic, oregano, dill, cucumber and red peppers.

For me, the portion size of the pork was too large and I struggled to get by, as I realized the couscous it was served with might not be my thing.

But I loved the Greek yogurt and lime dip that also came on the plate – as I mentioned earlier, it was all about the dips for me when it came to this meal!

The Patio, Wood Street, St Annes

Another slight irritation for me was the preponderance of arugula on the dishes, which many restaurants now do.

Although I love my greens, scouring too many of them to reach my food is a distraction.

The menu is very varied and another day I would be tempted by the platters to share offering selections of meat or seafood served with salad and rice, while there are also pasta and risotto dishes on the menu.

Desserts range from creme brulee to sticky caramel pudding or cheesecake of the day.

Oven roasted bass

We accompanied our meal with a bottle of crispy Pinot Grigio while a jug of water was also brought to the table.

The atmosphere during our visit was vibrant with most tables full as families, couples and friends celebrated the holiday weekend.

Our total bill including drinks came to just under £62 which I think was also good value.

Grilled asparagus