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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2020, 19:24 Thread Starter
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Currently in Somerset, doing a sort of anti-clockwise trip around the coast. Was supposed to be somewhere in North Western France sampling wines and seafood, but covid has put paid to that! I'm having difficulty finding anything that isn't covered in batter and deep fried. I've been told there's a guy down the coast into Cornwall at Padstow that has done quite well at doing some nice fish & seafood and is well worth trying. Anybody know of any sites around there? I don't mind somd nice cider or that Doom Bar ale to wash it down with if there isn't a bottle of muscadet going for the equivalent of Ä8?
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What Stein has done in what the locals now call Padstein is turn fish and chips into a tourist attraction. He also runs a decent restaurant in town and has spawned many other good eateries. One of the best is Paul Anisworth's, can't say its particularly cheap but you will get some of the best seafood dishes in the whole of the UK Mike.
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Fenwick Trout Fishery near Dunmere (itís a Caravan Club CL) is recommended if you are willing / able to cycle or walk along the camel trail via Wadebridge to Padstow. Weíve many happy memories of cycling from there to Padstow then walking to the beach, back to Padstow, fish and chips, fudge from one of many fudge shops, ice cream, then cycle back to Dunmere. The kids remember it fondly, as do we. We still do the same trip now if in the area.

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I wouldnít hold your breath on finding any free pitches in the area, itís a VERY popular area. That popular even we are going to be there (well at Rock to be precise) in 9 days time (site was booked a month ago and we only just got in) We love the area and visit fairly often.

Steins restaurant prices are a joke! He doesnít even live, let alone work there, he lives in Australia so you are paying for a name above the door, not for food cooked by him. Off & rip spring to my mind!

There are a couple of decent pastie shops in Padstein, and the retro 50ís tea room on the harbour side is wonderful (canít for the life of me remember itís name, but the cakes are yummy)

If you like Doom Bar try their other beer, Wolf Rock
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I often wonder if eating at famous name places are worth the money

Especially fish and chips

Weíve had fantastic and poor, usually determined by how freshly cooked they are

But in truth a good piece of cod, a good batter, and fresh chips, preferably cooked in beef dripping ,and of course mushy peas, a northern thing, fish and chips should never be eaten without mushy peas and a touch of gravy

Doesnít really need a famous name and a famous price

Sadly we no longer have a newspaperís wrapping, I swear it absorbed the vinegar , and flavoured the meal

But fine dining is great for those who enjoy that

But if you watch food programmes those great cooks eat at small independent restaurants, traditional food with traditional prices on their travels

Still each to his own

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And tonight we are having fish, chips , mushy peas and gravy

We havenít cooked the fish from scratch, it cost £3 . 50, for two large battered cod

The mushy peas were frozen and cooked, the gravy home made

The chips cooked in beef dripping

So all in all, add the potatoes, the peas and the gravy

The cooking time

I doubt it cost more than £ 6 for the two of us

And it was fresh, hot and delicious

Better still if we had bought it wrapped in newspaper and sat on a wall to eat it

Because that would mean we are travelling again

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We eat at The Seafood Restaurant several times a year although we were taken aback at how much the prices have gone up since coming out of lockdown. We both had the turbot a few weeks ago and it was £43 without any side dishes. From recollection it was £36 or £37 a year ago. The Cornish Arms at St Merryn (owned by Rick Stein) is pretty good value for money and the food is ususlly very good.

We stayed at Padstow Touring Park several times a couple of years ago when we were having some building works done and it's one of the best sites we've ever stayed on so I have no problems recommending it.

ps Paul Ainsworth at No 6 is very good but very expensive and necessary to book a long way ahead. Also a bit "tight" inside so no idea how they are managing social distancing.
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Trouble is Peter the more people pay these inflated prices the more 'normal' and acceptable they become.

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I think most of us donít Ray

I enjoy cooking and cooking from scratch with good ingredients

Why pay exuberant prices for someone else to cook it ?

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We have eaten at Steins fish and chip shop twice (note the singular).

The food is good, the queues not but we waited and then sat at the communal tables - bet that has changed now....

We have also eaten once at his restaurant, but to me the dirty plate and high bill was not a good recommendation, by the first part I mean how little fish us served for your money. I prefer the restaurant Tanner Brother bistro in Plymouth - much better quality and prices. They also gave a restaurant in Plymouth which is every bit as good as Stein's but less expensive and wasnideal gor a meal before boarding the Roscoff ferry - sadly that route is suspended now and I suspect Brittany Ferries may close own completely if the quarantine continues for long......

Another great place for an unusual meal us the Meaderie in Mousehole - food eaten with fm gets off wooden platters but I suspect that has all gone now......

We, of course, lived in Devon for 45+ years and went to Cornwall often for diving with tents, caravan then motorhome - some superb memories.....
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