Lockdown takeout: The Sardine Factory, Looe

Treat yourself to some piscatorial pleasure this weekend; order a gourmet takeout from The Sardine Factory in Looe

The lowdown

 The casual waterside restaurant is offering Looe locals gourmet food to-go from Wednesday to Sunday during lockdown. The takeout menu features lots of seafood thrills and a range of house-favourite small bowls and larger plates, prepared by its seasoned chef patron Ben Palmer.


The gourmet takeaway can be ordered throughout the week and collected from the restaurant Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm.

Why The Sardine Factory?

Chef Ben Palmer opened the harbourside restaurant in 2018, returning to his hometown to launch his third venue (he’s also chef patron of Plymouth’s The Greedy Goose and exec chef at Glazebrook House in South Brent). While his other restaurants are more formal affairs, The Sardine Factory is a pleasingly casual setting in which Ben makes the most of the local seafood market’s daily catch to craft his delicious coastal cuisine. If you haven’t yet eaten in, make sure you pencil a post-lockdown visit in your dining diary.

Foodie creds

In addition to making it into the Trencherman’s Guide, The Sardine Factory received a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2020, an accolade it’s retained in 2021.

Sample menu dishes

Sample small plate: Smoked haddock scotch egg with curry mayonnaise
Sample small plate: Sardine Factory chowder with bacon bits and bread and butter 
Sample main: Monkfish, sag aloo, onion bhaji, cucumber raitia
Sample main: Cornish crab linguine with chilli, lime, garlic, coriander, spring onions and parmesan


Average price per small plate: £6
Average price per main: £15

How to order

Pre-order by phone (01503770262) or email [email protected]. View the full menu here.


june, 2024


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