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This week, Mum and I ventured to Broad Haven for our first visit of the year. As you know, we love to enjoy the seaside tradition of chips on the beach. However, it’s also nice to dine in at “Off the Hook Bistro” in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, so on this occasion we planned to have “chips beside the beach”. This way we can enjoy chips in Broad Haven- whatever the weather. Read on to find out more:
Booking “Off the Hook Bistro”, Broad Haven, Through OpenTable
“Off the Hook Bistro” has just reopened after its winter closure, therefore we weren’t sure how busy it would be. Would it be quiet while visitors are unaware that they have reopened or busy due to everyone catching up on their beloved chippy lunch? So, for reassurance, we booked a table through OpenTable. This is easy to do and essential during evening service and during the busy summer months. OpenTable provides information about each restaurant so additionally this App can help you to choose where to eat out if you’re undecided. To decide where you’d like to eat out next, you could search for restaurants in West Wales on the site.
Select the date, time and number of people dining. You can choose your seating options (in this case between standard and high top- we went for standard as we’re both too short for high bar tables!). If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can make a note of this in your online booking. There is also a box for “special requests”. I use this to let them know of our dietary requirements (I’m vegan) and if we require a high chair etc.
Once the booking was made, they sent me a confirmation email. You can modify and cancel bookings if needed. OpenTable will remind you of your booking the day before, which is handy.
Parking at “Off the Hook Bistro” Broad Haven
The closest car park is Marine Road Car Park (SA62 3JR) which is right behind “Off the Hook Bistro”. We chose to park in the Havens Car Park (SA62 3JH), Millmoor Way, instead so we could walk across the beach first. Both carparks only charge during the Summer season from March to November.
“Off the Hook Bistro” Broad Haven
After a lovely stroll across Broad Haven Beach, we arrived at “Off the Hook”. There are separate entrances for takeaway and dine in customers. The sea air had made us hungry and we were now looking forward to our chippy lunch.
“Off the Hook Bistro” Drinks
As “Off the Hook” has only just reopened it was quiet during our visit. We were greeted by the friendly waitress and could have our choice of tables. We chose a table for two, and I was very lucky as I had the sea view (thanks, Mum). We were a little surprised that they don’t serve hot drinks- a hot cup of tea would have warmed us up and went downwell with chips- but we were happy to choose a cold soft drink instead.
“Off the Hook Bistro” Vegan Options
Although, as the name and location make clear, “Off the Hook” is a fish and chip bistro, they also cater for vegans. There are a number of options, including vegan sausage, battered tofu and frickles. I want to try all of them!
It’s an interesting spot to eat lunch or an evening meal. Even on a cold, school day there was plenty going on in Broad Haven. As we waited for our food, I saw ladies preparing for their daily dip in the sea, a couple of men setting up their equipment to kite surf and surfers heading down to the waves. During the summer months, there are lots more families and holiday makers too.
Food at “Off the Hook Bistro” Broad Haven
Main meals come with chips, but you could also choose to pick and mix some sides and chips too. Mum chose lightly battered haddock and chips, I chose vegan battered sausage, chips and added a side of mushy peas (I just love chip shop chips with mushy peas or chip shop gravy).
We didn’t have to wait long and our hot, fresh food was served. It smelt and looked delicious. The batter was crispy, the chips were cooked to perfection and the mushy peas were creamy and tasty. I would have loved to have tried the battered tofu too but the portions are very generous so I definitely couldn’t have managed a substantial side dish- I’ll just have to come again to try the tofu!
The battered vegan sausages and (enormous) portion of chips are great value for £8.50. The haddocks, chips and lemon comes in at £16.50.
Mum really enjoyed her tasty lightly battered haddock and crispy chips.
As you can see, the portions are very generous. We had a lovely time at Off the Hook. The decor is lovely, the sea view cannot be beaten (it’s a shame not all diners can face the sea- we’ll have to take it in turns on different visits!) and the food delicious. We’ll be coming here lots in the summer for a chippy tea on the beach and would like to come for a dine in evening meal one night too. We love to watch the sun set at Broad Haven.
Lunch and a Beach Walk
After such a full lunch, we were especially glad we’d chosen to park the other side of Broad Haven- we needed the walk across the beach. We could have extended our walk by also visiting The Boardwalk, Haroldston Woods, Little Haven or by walking the coastal path in either direction. There are so many wonderful walks from here.
Broad Haven Beach
Broad Haven Beach is popular with dog walkers all year long (during peak season, dogs are not allowed on parts of the beach). We always love a walk here- you can enjoy the sea view, the maritime activity, the wildlife in the rockpools and the lovely beach pebble art.
After your meal, you can leave a review of your chosen restaurant to help future diners. We will definitely be leaving a good review for Off the Hook Bistro and definitely recommend it.
Do you love chips by the seaside?
Find and book more restaurants in Pembrokeshire on OpenTable for your next meal out. You can also collect points on OpenTable which can be exchanged for dining cheques in the future.