West Byfleet suffers a dearth of enticing restaurants. There’s the Indian, the Italian, the pub and the chippie. A chippie that happens to be a branch of the Surrey Legend that is Superfish.
There are queues out the door for the takeaway. Jane’s Upstairs generally requires a reservation. Finding ourselves in West Byfleet and curious to learn what the fuss is about, my family & I dined in on a Friday evening.
Beautiful flowers grace the outside.
Inside is spotless. You don’t feel the grease permeating the air like in some places. This is how village restaurants used to be. Not a sign of pretension anywhere.
Staff are very cheerful, despite the never ending stream of people.
A busy evening, the kitchen was running flat out, freshly battering each fish before it was deep-fried.
Jane’s Upstairs is, you guessed it, upstairs. It’s the “silver service” version of Superfish. Access is via the downstairs eating area.
This was my intended target for the night, however while I was busy taking photos of the outside my husband, unaware, sat down at a free table in Superfish and a plate of complementary prawns immediately appeared on the table. Reluctantly, I sat down.
After ordering I popped upstairs to see what Jane’s is like, though I didn’t have the sense to take a photo. Much quieter than downstairs, the tables are laid with linen and the waiters are very friendly.
The menu is similar to Superfish but there are some additions, particularly on the dessert front. It’s only 80p per fish more than dining downstairs but it’s a much more refined atmosphere and where you would want to be if coming for anything other than a quick bite.
By the time I got back downstairs our food had already arrived and was being eaten. Missing my patient Ladies, I swatted my family away and quickly took some pics, though you have to imagine more bread & chips. The bread is complementary, along with pickles and a variety of sauces.
Only daughter #2 was eating with us. She ordered a starter portion of calamari rings £4.25 (her favourite) plus new potatoes £1.50. I tried one of the rings, it was more batter than calamari but it was nice and crispy.
Husband and I both decided to go for the sea bass £10.50 from the specials board. It came three ways, fried, grilled or poached in a white wine sauce.
I elected to have it the poached. It was nice and tender. Poached doesn’t lend itself to a great deal of flavour but I paired mouthfuls with mushy peas and it was enjoyable.
Husband, perhaps surprisingly, went for the grilled. Grilled to perfection and very tasty.
The chips (included in the price of the fish) were very yummy. They really suited my tastes (I am not a fan of mushy in the middle blah on the outside kind you commonly get in pubs and chippies.)
We rounded out our meals with an order of ‘Yorkshire’s own mushy peas £1.30.’ Our waitress said one would be enough for both of us. She wasn’t lying, one would be enough for a large, hungry family. Good flavour though.
Superfish is a down home restaurant serving quality fish and chips. If that’s what you’re after then you’ll be hard pressed to find better.
Superfish is licensed and also has branches in Ashted, Cheam Village, Ewell, East Molesey, Morden and Tolworth.
51 Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6LG
Street parking, Waitrose car park opposite but you’re only supposed to use it if you shop at Waitrose.