Filey Bistro and Coffee Bar: A big-hearted venue that serves up hearty portions

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This coffee bar and bistro is a recent addition to Filey’s eating out scene.

Situated on Murray Street, it offers breakfast, lunch and teas during the day – and on Friday and Saturday evenings becomes a restaurant.

It also offers a Sunday roast from noon to 3pm and Thursday is steak night.

Leaflets also heralded a 
tapas night and Christmas specials.

Tempted to give it a try, after dropping by for coffee and a cake, it promised great things.

The menu is not extensive – but that’s not a bad thing. It’s better to do a few things well than lots of dishes averagely.

What there is offers a great range – the starters include home-made soup of the day with fresh bread (£3.95), wild mushroom brochette (£5.95, home-made pate (£5.95) and home-made Thai fish cakes served on rocket with a sweet chilli dipping sauce (£5.95).

I opted for the garlic bread with cheese (£4.95) and hearty it was too – with thick cheddar melted over doorstep-slices.

My partner went for the prawn cocktail (£5.95) – a much maligned dish in her opinion and she enjoyed every mouthful. This was served with a slice of buttered brown bread and salad accompaniment.

The first dishes were filling and well-presented – so the mains were much anticipated.

The menu, again, is eclectic, ranging from sirloin steak to chicken and broccoli carbonara and from cod loin wrapped in smoked salmon (£12.95) to pork, apple and black pudding stack (£11.95).

There is also a burger (£9.95) on the menu and home-made chilli with rice and nachos (£9.95).

I plumped for the sirloin steak with sauce Diane. It was served with home-made chips, fresh tomato, mushrooms, onion rings and peas (£14.95).

Presentation let it down, to be honest, and the tomatoes had been left in the pan a fraction too long. It was far more tasty than it looked.

The same was said about my companion’s chicken and broccoli served on a bed of tagliatelle with a carbonara sauce (£10.95).

Chunky pieces of tender chicken were served with a creamy sauce and perfectly textured pasta – it just looked so much for one person to get through and so it proved.

For those with bigger appetites, though, they’re probably wondering what the problem was. It’s such a shame to send so much back – because it looks like you have not enjoyed it and that was not the case.

Because we were so full, we decided to share a dessert – plenty of cakes on offer, from strawberry cream slice to coffee and walnut, lemon drizzle to flapjack – all £2 a slice.

This bistro-coffee shop is a place with a big heart and a warm welcome.

There is a bar area, used by coffee shop customers during the day, where diners can spend as much time as they like looking at the menu while enjoying a drink.

The service is friendly and attentive and it was clear from the conversations that we were in the company of returnees.

The evening decor – clean, crisp linen and candles – does not quite disguise its coffee shop day job – but it is pleasant and pleasing.

Our bill, which included wine, came to £52 which we thought was good value.

RATINGS

Food 7

Menu choice 7

Service 7

Decor 7

Ambience 7

OVERALL 7