Romance and rogues go together like fish and chips, nachos and cheese or ribs and barbecue sauce.
This is what you will find at Smugglers Cove, the restaurant part of The Buccaneer in Filey.
Its theme – complete with smuggler statues, fishing nets and frieze – takes its lead from those highwaymen of the high seas, particularly Jack Sparrow and Pirates of the Caribbean.
As someone who loves the Johnny Depp movies – not to mention great films with Errol Flynn, Stewart Granger and Burt Lancaster – the atmosphere was perfect.
Moonfleet, Crimson Pirate and Captain Blood were all there in spirit, which is all very well but it has to be about the food, too.
The Buccaneer has acquired a new chef, its reputation for tapas replaced by a Thai-inspired menu.
Side by side is a traditional pub menu – and that is the one my friend and I chose from.
Starters ranged from soup to loaded skins, crab cakes to pate, prawn cocktail and bread and olives.
My companion opted for the fish cakes with sweet chilli dip and I for the potato skins – potato, cheese and bacon – with the intention of sharing them.
Both dishes were under £5, were creamy and tasty and accompanied by a salad.
There was plenty of choice on the mains menu. The range was impressive – fajitas, burgers, chilli, ribs, steak, fish, chicken.
My friend opted for the sirloin with a Stilton sauce – there was a range of sauces to accompany a tender and large steak.
Her meal came with a generous portion of fries, onion rings and salad.
Steaks, cooked to your liking, cost less than £13.
Pork ribs tickled my tastebuds. They were a great choice, sticky, sweet and served with chips, onion rings and salad. The portion, again, was generous and the price under £13.
There was enough on both our plates to satisfy the biggest of appetites, but, just in case, there is a choice of sides including coleslaw and vegetables.
A specials board is offered alongside the main menu and Thai option.
Desserts are offered but we both declined – not because they were not appetising, we were replete.
Service at Smugglers Cove is friendly and fine – lovely touches include home-made crisps and rolls and butter to munch on while you decide what to have.
Food, service and atmosphere combine to make for a great night out. We went mid-week so there were other diners but we did not have to wait for a table.
The Buccaneer also does Sunday lunches and caters for families.
It is a fantastic addition to what Filey has to offer those who enjoy eating out. The diverse and extensive menu means you can return again and again and always find something new to try.
Bella Italia and San Marco are both bellisimo – and now we have discovered a venue in the town that serves hearty, tasty pub grub.
The bill, including wine, came to less than £52.
Value for money was good, atmosphere great and the food wonderful. The Buccaneer is a great addition to the food culture of Filey.
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