A must-do on any holiday in Cornwall is a stop-off at Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop in Padstow. You can’t book a table and the restaurant itself is tiny, so unless you are prepared to wait a while, my tip is to order from the take-away window and seat yourself nearby, preferably somewhere with views over Padstow Harbour. After all, there’s nothing better than tucking into steaming, A-list fish and chips with a sea view and a gust of ocean breeze.
Choose from cod and haddock, as well as locally caught fish, such as hake, plaice, John Dory and lemon sole. Whatever you select, it will be ‘just-caught’ fresh. Other tasty additions to the menu are battered scallops and oysters, scampi, tiger prawns with garlic mayo, and the house speciality – home-made tartare sauce and mushy peas.
The battered fish (there’s a grilled menu available, too) is cooked in beef dripping. It sounds heavy and greasy, but it’s not. Fish is light with a crisp batter and the chips have a delicious bite to them, too.
Informal and family-friendly, Stein’s fish and chips place is the perfect place for enjoying this favourite Brit meal and all with the bonus of being on the doorstep of one of Cornwall’s most charming little towns. Delicious!