Great catch for new seafood bistro near Weston-super-Mare

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By vickifitz | Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 10:22

A NEW Seafood restaurant has opened in the heart of the Somerset countryside near Weston-super-Mare.

Rookery Bistro will be launched at the 16th century Rookery Manor in Edingworth, with two special events from 7pm on Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31.

Diners will be treated to a taster seafood menu at a set price of £25.00 per head.

The head chef Mark Ingram is quite a catch for Rookery Bistro as he trained with flamboyant TV chef Keith Floyd and has exciting plans for the bistro.

"We want to give guests a fine dining experience to remember," says Mark, whose signature dish is pan fried sea bass with a lemon and ginger cream sauce.

"I love to experiment with many varieties and flavours of fish, such as sole cooked in orange juice and served with a hot mango, cherry tomato and red onion salsa."

The provenance of his seafood menu is vital to Mark, who has worked at top hotels on the Cornish coast and in the Lake District, as well as owning his own restaurant.

He added: "I use only the finest ingredients, so we will be sourcing our fish, fruit, vegetables and cheese from local suppliers and I plan to start a herb garden at Rookery Manor."

As well as enjoying first-class cuisine, diners can relax in the intimate atmosphere and beautiful setting of the stylish new bistro, open from 6pm to 11pm nightly, with last orders at 9.15pm.

Converted from a historic 19th century barn, the bistro has come a long way from its humble origins as a farmyard stable in the days when Rookery Manor was a working farm.

The barn was once home to the farm workers and shire horses that worked the land and pulled the carriages of the late great-grandfather of current owner Ian Clapp.

Today, the building has been turned into an elegant conservatory bistro and lounge bar with seating for 40-50 diners, making it the perfect spot to socialise or network and entertain guests.

‘As well as being a lovely setting for an intimate dinner, the bistro can be used for a multitude of occasions, such as business lunches or a wedding breakfast,’ says marketing manager Nicky Clapp.

For more information call 0845 409 09 09 or visit



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    Someone I know went here on Monday because they thought it was a fish restaurant only there was no fish on the menu. They were very disappointed and left to go elsewhere. What a pitty.

    By mummybump2 at 17:29 on 12/08/10

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