The View, Newport on Tay

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The view from The View

The last time OH and I headed to Dundee I noticed a sign for The View in Newport on Tay and immediately put it on my list of restaurants to visit when I’m on-call and have to stay in Fife. Today it made it’s way to the top of said list. The aptly named restaurant is across from Dundee and has stunning views over the River Tay and the rail bridge.

We hadn’t booked but were given a window seat without any trouble. The menu was £10.95 for a main meal, £14.95 for 2 courses and £19.95 for 3. Soup of the day was spiced pumpkin with coconut.

2014-10-12 14.14.44After the mix-up with the soup last week I decided to give it a miss and go for the chicken liver, garlic and brandy pate with apple and plum chutney. OH went for the smoked mackerel mousse, prawns, dill cream, sun blushed tomatoes. What I liked most about the starters was that the waitress said if we needed any more toast or bread to just ask, which was a great offer that we didn’t need to take up. However, I maybe could have done with just a little more chutney. (if you look close you can see it hiding under the grass ;p) 2014-10-12 14.14.54

OH loved his mackerel mousse, which was nice and creamy and the prawns on top were a lovely addition.

For my main meal I chose Breast of chicken, chick peas, potatoes, spinach, curry sauce, vegetable pakora. You know how all those wannabes on Masterchef go on about deconstructed meals? Well this was a bit like one of them as the chicken sat on top of the curry sauce. The chick peas, potato and spinach was something I had never had before and really enjoyed so I know I will be trying to replicate it at home at some point. 2014-10-12 14.31.23

2014-10-12 14.31.33For his main meal OH went for Fresh breaded Peterhead plaice, hand cut chips, pea and fennel salad, lemon mayonnaise. Why the fish was from Peterhead and not some place more local I’m not sure. However, OH said it was a good meaty fish in a nice crispy batter and not muddy tasting as some flat fish can be.

OH, who has more of a sweet tooth than me, finished off his meal with Banana and Amaretti biscuit Sundae with hot Belgian dark chocolate sauce and a coffee. Sorry no photo but if you visualise a tall glass full of different shades of brown and yellow with one of those wafer rolls stuck in it, you’ll get the picture 😉

Just as we were finishing our meal 2 older women came in for a high tea which looked wonderful although I thought a little expensive at £12.50 per person. I overhead the waitress saying to them both if they needed a top up for the pot of tea just to ask.  On the same theme but completely different, when I went to the loo there were ladies things in a basket, which you could help yourself to. Again, like the extra toast and bread earlier, it’s these little extra touches that make a big difference.

If you’re in the area The View is worth a visit. 1 x 2 courses, 1 x 3 courses, 2 soft drinks and a coffee came to £41.70.

By the way, if you are visiting The View I’d recommend taking a drive towards Newburgh afterwards for some more gorgeous scenery. 2014-10-12 15.39.23

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