Johnshaven is a small village north of Montrose which, like all the villages on that coast were fishing villages. Sadly, the fishing has gone but the tradition still remains. It’s a picturesque place where the fishing history is palpable even though I guess it has become a dormitory village for Montrose and maybe even Aberdeen.
We have friends who live nearby and we had a meal in the Anchor Hotel. Frankly, it’s the kind of place that doesn’t look much from the outside. But, we’d heard good things about the food so thought that we’d give it a try.
The dining room is simply and tastefully decorated and the menu is dominated by fish dishes. Some shellfish is still landed locally and other fish comes from further up the coast. Lobster is a speciality so I decided to start with lobster soup, which was absolutely superb – one of the best fish soups that I’ve ever had.
I followed this with an Italian fish step – lobster, mussels, prawns plus a couple of different whitefish. Fish stew is hard to get right because of the different cooking times of the different kinds of fish and, even in France, I don’t think I’ve had a perfect one. This wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t far away – tastes of the Mediterranean but with North Sea fish.
Other had fish pie, which looked and was pronounced excellent and haddock stuffed with prawns. I didn’t have a pud but did have a taste of the special dessert – syrup sponge, which everyone else had. It was really good.
Sadly, no pics as the usual low lightning.
A great find – friendly people, good atmosphere and tasty, inexpensive food. We were about £25 each for 2 courses with wine.