Blue Crush, North Bay: You won’t surf-er if you visit seafront eatery

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In the town’s heyday, Hollywood restaurants would have the pictures of stars that had dined there, scattered across its walls.

The faces of the likes of 
Sinatra, Bogart and Hudson would grin down on diners as they ate.

Scarborough’s Blue Crush has the picture of Ken Kitson, a man best known for Last of the Summer Wine.

No slight against Ken Kitson, but it pretty much epitomises what the seafront venue is about.

You are not getting A-list food here. But like the sitcom, there’s something very reassuring about the grub served up.

And, like the stunning Dales the BBC1 stalwart used to showcase quite beautifully, the view on offer to diners is simply breathtaking.

Situated on the North Bay seafront, the panoramic view of the bay is simply out of this world.

As for the food, it’s not quite at that level, but that’s not to say there are not a few treats to be unearthed on the menu.

Visiting the venue during a packed lunchtime, our three-person party ordered two meals from the set menu, as I ordered a tempting, if slightly pricey, steak.

The first of the mains was the fish and chips. Now, when any Scarborough eatery claims that fish and chips is it’s signature dish, those claims should be met with some caution.

And with the venue located perfectly to snare a few unsuspecting tourists into thinking they were sampling first rate fish and chips, all the omens were there for the dish to be a bit of a flop.

But how wrong I was.

Meaty chunks of white meat, surrounded by a batter that was light, crunchy and delicious.

It is a meal that any top fish restaurant would be happy to put its name on.

Served with piping hot, rustic chips, it was the undoubted highlight of the meal, and at £9.75, great value for the quality on display.

The portion was huge too, and as a total package was better than almost anything Scarborough’s world class fish and chip shops could serve up.

My dining partner tucked into a Californian burger, one of several burgers on offer.

It was as good as it gets in terms of pub burgers go. Meaty and juicy.

However, at £9.50, you would hope for a few more sides to go with the generous sprinkling of chips by its side, and in terms of value for money, it was perhaps a tad disappointing.

The same could be said for my steak.

A rib-eye steak, served with a blue cheese sauce and chips, it was, in parts, a cracking dish.

The steak was clearly a good cut of meat, which you should expect for £14.95.

Having asked for rare, it was only very slightly overcooked.

While it was undoubtedly tasty, it hardly excited you like a good steak though, and the blue cheese sauce was a real letdown. Simply not a strong enough taste.

As for the service, that was another letdown. In previous times I’ve been in the venue, some of the older staff have been fantastic – friendly, chatty and observant. Sadly, on this trip and with a much younger group of waiters, that wasn’t there.

But, on the whole, the food is fine and it’s worth a trip, if only for the view.

RATINGS

Food 7

Menu choice 8

Service 5

Decor 6

Ambience 7

OVERALL 7