I live in a medium to small sized town of Andover in Hampshire which has a dire high street. Andover is full of coffee, card and charity shops. There isn’t much to do here in Andover so when something new comes to town it’s very exciting. It’s even more exciting when that something is a place to eat, and the anticipation begins…will it be another takeaway or greasy spoon. In November 2015 a Mezze and Fish bar opened it’s doors to us and today was our first chance to go in and try it out. I remember walking past the doors with curiosity in the lead up to opening and when all was revealed I was thrilled that we had something unexpected. It was really refreshing. Our town is starting to slowly and surely build up again with the likes of TK Maxx opening a store in an outlet park close to the town centre, a few Subways making their appearance and Pandora and Warren James outlet stores have glammed up a shopping centre that is desperate for some tasteful shops.
Captain’s Fish & Meze Bar is situated along Bridge Street in Andover and close to a few other places to eat and estate agents. As it’s in the town centre there are a few nearby car parks for those driving and a bus stop just outside for those needing to rely on public transport but for those of us that are local to the town centre it’s easy to find and within walking distance to the high street. Today we tried the lunch menu which is £8.95 per person and includes a set menu of hot mezze, one cold mezze each, rice and salad. That’s practically two courses with some free flat bread and sauces included too. We both had lamb dishes which had been chargrilled but remained slightly pink and succulent. If you prefer your lamb to be a little more well done speak to your waitress who I am sure would be happy to help. The staff are chatty, friendly and seem to enjoy their job which is lovely to see even this strange week between Christmas and New Year where I’m sure they would rather be with their families and enjoying some well earned time off.
Our lunch was really delicious, the cold mezze I had was a yoghurt and cucumber dip to go with the flatbread and worked really well with the lamb. My partner had a generous sized prawn cocktail which he really enjoyed. There’s a great choice of drinks including wines, champagne, speciality beers, soft drinks, hot drinks and cocktails. The drinks are a little pricey but considering the size of the lunch portions and the choice available I would expect to pay a little more for drinks. For two people, having a three course lunch (we finished with some Baklava to share) we paid £25.50 and that included a drink each. I personally think that is fantastic value. We’ve come home with full bellies.
What I really liked about the food is everything was cooked to order and the salad was really vibrant and fresh. There was a slight spice to the salad which really enhanced the flavour and went well with the heat of the chilli dip.
I loved the lighting in the place, it made my food look like it was covered in pink glitter. The lighting is great inside as it’s very well lit yet still retains a cosy atmosphere. Everything was very clean.
As a local I will be visiting again to this lovely little gem with fabulous Turkish cuisine and lovely, friendly staff. Thank you for our lunch.