The Scallop Shell

22 Monmouth Place, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 2AY
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Monday to Saturday 12.00-9.30
Sunday 12.00-4.00 ( only for lunch)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Scallop Shell

The Scallop Shell is a fish and chip restaurant and seafood grill in the world heritage city of Bath. We serve up traditional favourites like lightly battered, flaky cod and haddock and seasonal delights from the early morning coastal markets. Our chips are peeled and freshly cut from the best seasonal spuds and prepared daily for you in our special spud room.

Cuisine: Seafood
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

We visited the scallop shell while on a weekend trip to the Christmas Market. Our party of 8 all really enjoyed the food and atmosphere and the service was quick. We’ll definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Best haddock and best mussels we have ever had. Any one who likes fish should go here and love it!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Great food

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Another lovely meal You never fail

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

We live in Taunton and were staying in Bath for the night, we had been recommended the Scallop Shell and we were not disappointed, we will be back

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

I had the lunch time special. The cod in batter and chips was so fresh, hot and delicious. Came with a lovely cup of tea. Great value. Good service. Food arrived quickly. Would definitely go there again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Loved it - booking system, food, atmosphere , wine , service - beautiful Cornish blue jugs, ! Highly recommended

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Delicious fish and beautifully cooked. The choice of buttered black cabbage to accompany the hake was a wonderful addition. We will certainly choose that option again.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

Very nice and would highly recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Fantastic sea bass and langoustines! Freshest I’ve had for a great affordable price!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

delicious food . Great value!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Introduced 3 friends to the Scallop Shell, they were delighted particularly with the grilled fish. Thanks very much to the restaurant for accommodating us earlier than the original booking time as we finished our game of illuminated crazy golf earlier than we thought. Lovely Tina as always

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Visited On Monday, 02 December 2019

Great restaurant to visit in Bath

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Had grilled sea bass superb as always. Excellent service

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

Really friendly team, gave us a warm welcome and efficient service. Restaurant is clean, has nice decor and we spotted their 'Best in UK' award on the wall. Well deserved.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

The first of many more visits to come! Lovely, unpretentious venue - with food to match!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Very impressed with our first visit, that we brought friends along yesterday and we plan to visit again. Excellent service.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

A generous gift of vouchers for this restaurant were a birthday gift, and drove us to visit this restaurant after a number of hours shopping and wandering around the Bath Christmas Market. We had not been to this restaurant before, but had read the reviews, and been recommended to visit here by friends and relations. I understand that this restaurant is part of the the New Inn pub business next door. The décor is rustic and the concrete floor doesn’t engender expectations of comfort, but the restaurant was certainly warm enough. We had booked a table, as we thought it may be busy with other visitors having similar post-Christmas-Market plans. The restaurant was not as busy as it could have been, but there-again it was early evening and the Christmas Market was nowhere near finished for the day. Our table was on the ground floor as requested rather than on the first floor. In our experience the further you are away from the hub of a restaurant, the less often you see waiting staff. The hub of this restaurant is the open kitchen with a substantial chef du partie all working efficiently to deep-fry ultra-fresh fish. Yes this is an up-market fish and chip eatery, with up-market pricing, but offering far more variety than the usual cod and haddock. As we were driving, and it was also frosty, we didn’t order any alcoholic drinks. We were also quite cold from our stroll from the city centre, so we ordered some tea, which we enjoyed whilst we waited for our food to arrive. The tea was served in individual pots providing just under two cups of good and strong builder’s tea. We ordered Scallops: only three each and we could have easily eaten more, but at £3.25 each, they cost almost £20. The scallops were, however, worth every penny. They were beautifully cooked, hot and seared, but still soft and just-cooked, with a very ‘meaty’ but delicate texture and taste. We prefer and appreciated the way these scallops were cooked, and we really enjoyed the experience. Two slices of bread and butter were served with the scallops, but I can’t say the quality of this ‘side’ was worthy of the scallops, as it appeared to be steam-baked bread, and not an artisan sour dough which would have been more in keeping. The mains arrived after a short break and the fish looked great, with good light and crispy batter, and not oil-soaked or claggy next to the fish. The fish flesh was superbly soft and really moist and tasty, it was perfectly cooked but perhaps for the cost they were quite small fillets. The chips were nicely cooked too and once the vinegar was added they were good to eat. There was a small bowl of mushy peas which personally are not a great favourite. The almost obligatory slice of lemon was there, plus some herby tartare sauce. Again it’s a personal taste but I prefer the quite sharp tangy taste of tartare sauce made with white wine and spirit vinegars, so I found this sauce a bit disappointing. We took a ten minute break to let our dinner settle before I alone indulged in what was the last apple and red berry crumble available. I love a good crumble, so I didn’t enjoy this at all. The fruit was plentiful and good in what was a very small serving, and the custard was good, and delicate, but not nearly hot enough. The crumble topping was not crisp and crunchy, and not at all crumbly, it was soft and thin, and almost texture-less. I wasn’t ‘crumbled’ at all, I was very disappointed, it certainly wasn’t worth anything near to the £5.95 it cost, and told our waiter so. Advice? Avoid! Service was good (3-4*), not excellent, but we managed to attract waiting staff because they had to pass our table to take food orders out, and up, to other diners (success is all in the planning). The fish elements were 5*, the chips were good (3-4*), but sides and additional sauces were very average (2-3*). Dessert was poor (2*). IMHO these smaller elements of their meals need looking-at, to make the experience worth what is a considerable outlay for what is a ‘fish and chip supper’.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Fantastic find! What a brilliant restaurant. Couldn’t fault it.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

The best!!

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Excellent as usual, we have visited on a number of occasions and the meal has always been excellent!

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Took my daughter and a couple of her friends from uni out to lunch. Service , food and atmosphere all amazing. We will be back!!!! A* from us!

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Love the place. Beautiful shellfish and fish and the lightest batter I have ever had.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Great value lunch special. We'll be back!

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