Taking the place of Jezebelle in Guildford is fish and chip, wine and beer spot, the Rusty Old Boat. Inside the place has been remade – opened up, much lighter than before, with the front counter moved from the entrance to a little way inside, making for more room for ordering food and drinks and alleviating the log jam that occasionally occurred before. Pot plants add to the atmosphere.
There is plenty of room and seating options, with an outdoor area to the back of the building, but when we there for lunch on the weekend the place filled very quickly – and with no bookings it would pay to get there as close to opening as you can. And they do takeaways as well.
The menu includes a number of fish choices – a couple grilled, the rest in batter, and all fish (except for Tassie salmon) is locally sourced. As well there are prawns, scallops, squid rings, salad, a pickle plate and other extras you would expect at a fish and chippery.
The drinks list is small but has some good, local drops on it, with a couple of wines sourced from interstate – one of which Devils Corner Pinot Rosé from Tasmania was our choice – nicely dry and crisp with pleasant cherry and strawberry aromas and flavours.
We both chose the Albany Cobbler and were impressed – the batter was light and the fish beautifully cooked, retaining a juicy succulence; and the accompanying chips also well done.
The small salad was fresh and attractive, and just the accompaniment we needed.
Service is quick indeed – with a constant stream of plates of fish and chips coming from the kitchen and staff friendly and helpful.
A very pleasant addition to the Guildford strip and well worth a visit if you are hankering after good quality fish and chips in welcoming and attractive surrounds.