AS soon as you set foot in Green Street in Bath you can't help but notice the fishy aroma.

Somedays you could quite easily think you were at a Cornish harbourside.

In fact this is the aim of Fishworks to transport the freshest fish from Cornwall into the city.

But Fishworks is far more than just a fishmongers. It is also part of an award-winning restaurant group with a national reputation for supplying the freshest fish and seafood.

The Bath branch is actually where the whole Fishworks phenomenon began and it has been so successful that restaurants have now been opened in Bristol and London.

Having recently undergone refurbishment, the Green Street establishment now has a 68-seater restaurant, including a lovely outdoor heated decking area upstairs.

Therefore the setting was idyllic for a relaxing meal on a beautiful summer's evening.

The restaurant has an extensive menu as well as a whole host of daily specials.

Some dishes can be ordered as a starter or a main course so you really are spoilt for choice.

You can also ask the chef to cook something up for you from the fishmonger's counter downstairs, if anything in particular catches your eye.

The prices are fairly reasonable too, considering fish is usually one of the more expensive items on any menu and at least here you know what you are getting is fresh.

We had heard so much hype about this restaurant and really hoped that we would not be disappointed we certainly weren't.

Right from the start our first impressions were very positive.

The staff are friendly and attentive and while you are making your choices you are given some bread and dips to nibble on.

One of the dips, the salsa verde, was unlike any salsa either of us had tasted before. It was delicious.

You might think that I am easily pleased, raving about a salsa but believe me you haven't tasted this one!

It was definitely a good indication of things to come.

It would have been far too easy to fill ourselves up on bread and spoil our meal so we had to try and refrain.

Every dish on the menu contains fish and so if you are not a big fan of fish then this isn't the place for you!

For a starter I ordered the River Fowey mussels in a wine and parsley sauce which were absolutely delicious and Martin had the roasted shellfish with garlic and olive oil, which consisted of varieties we hadn't even heard of before.

It was quite a puzzle to figure out exactly how to eat some of them.

Apparently with the langoustines, after you have eaten the main part you are supposed to suck the juice out of the head. Apparently it is really nice but neither of us had the guts to try it!

For my main course I decided to be a little bit more adventurous and have something that I had never tried before after all you don't come to a place like this and order cod and chips! Therefore I opted for the red mullet with samphire and lemon.

Martin finally decided on the John Dory with cockles after a lengthy look at all the options.

When our dishes came out we were rather concerned about the size of the portions as they were pretty small, however don't be put off by this as it is more than ample and you can order a variety of side dishes as well to accompany your meal.

My mullet was heavenly. It melted in my mouth and you could definitely taste the freshness, my mouth waters just thinking about it again!

Martin was equally as pleased with his John Dory and even though it was £17 it was well worth the money and it is not very often you can say that.

Both of our choices came from the daily specials board and believe me these specials really are special.

Unfortunately after such a lovely meal we didn't want to overdo it by stuffing ourselves with any desserts (these don't contain fish by the way!).

All in all it was a superb meal and as we visited the restaurant during Bath's BITE food festival we got a free bottle of wine as well making the bill a very reasonable £48.

However, even without any freebies this place is still very good value for money.

Fishworks Seafood Caf

6 Green Street


Tel: (01225) 448707

Fact File

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday lunches from 11am-5pm.

Starters from £5.50; main courses from £9; side dishes £1.75.

Fishmonger's counter open until 10.30pm.

Closed on Mondays.

Children welcome.

Credit cards accepted.