Secret Diner Review: The John Dory, Barkestone

Published on July 22, 2014

By Ruby A Godfrey (a Great Food Club Secret Diner)

Fancy some brilliant fish and chips? Try the John Dory at Barkestone-le-Vale.

With a vibe reminiscent of the Oysterage at Orford, it has a cool, white-painted interior with a bar in front of you as you walk in where you can order take-away fish and chips, or a separate dining area with several tables and benches around the room that looks fresh and appealing.

Having been there several times now, I can thoroughly recommend the “standard” fish and chip shop fare of haddock/cod and chips but also the fish sharing platter from the ever changing specials board; the cod cheeks with chilli dipping sauce; the very impressive fish curry, which was lightly spiced and fragrant, with perfectly cooked, sweet fleshed fish…

The chips deserve a separate mention as they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside – just as they should be but so very rarely are!

There is a small but good selection of wines available, along with hand-pulled draft beers and cider from the old fashioned pub bar. The staff are young and enthusiastic, creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.