If you find yourself boating in the New London area, do yourself a favor and tie up at Capt. Scott’s Lobster Dock for a great seafood meal or ice cream. The family-owned restaurant, which has been around for over 20 years, is located inside Shaw Cove, just south of the New London Custom House Pier. The restaurant is named for Captain Thomas A. Scott, the former ship captain, master diver, and engineer whose marine construction company built the Race Rock and Ledge Light lighthouses.

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To access Shaw’s Cove by boat you’ll need to hail the railroad bridge tender, but the wait is generally short. Once inside, you can usually find an open slip in front of the restaurant; look for the clock signs indicating when the slip owners are due back. If unsure of which slip to borrow, just ask the restaurant staff.

Once ashore, place your order at the window and grab a picnic table under the covered dining area. Capt. Scott’s specializes in fried seafood and lobster, of course, and they do a great job of it. On a recent visit, we ordered a variety of items, including fried whole-belly clams, the famous lobster roll, and chowder, and found all of it delicious. The fried food wasn’t overly greasy and the lobster rolls were heavy on the meat, light on the mayo. Capt. Scott’s also serve steamers, salads, chowder, scallops, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more, plus the aforementioned ice cream (30 flavors of Giffords). Fish tacos, po’boys with fried shrimp and oysters, and a Friday night raw bar are offered as specialties.

Clock signs let you know when the slip owner will return.

Awesome fish ‘n chips.

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