Seaside adventures are my new favourite pastime for a Spring weekend. Mine passed by in a haze of Cornish eating opportunities entwined with coastal walks and cozying round a log burning fire.
My first visit to Polzeath and the surrounding seaside villages certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of fabulous food; Cornish cream teas, pasties and ice creams, were all devoured with giddy excitement.
The highlight of my weekend was a trip to Rick Stein’s Fish and Chip Restaurant in Padstow. I doubt there are enough superlatives to describe my meal there, suffice it to say (as clichéd as it is) that these were the best fish and chips that I have ever tasted. It wasn’t because we ate them in the salty sea air whilst enjoying the best of the British sunshine, in fact, we sat inside, on a cloudy day, with little pathetic fallacy to enhance the food. Yet, the batter here is like non other I had ever tasted; light and fluffy, dry and crisp, it encased the freshest white and flaky fish. Served alongside creamy tartare sauce, with just the right amount of bite, and real home-made mushy peas, this culminated in a meal that turned our rowdy crowd of 5 to muted silence whilst we demolished our paper boxes full of delectable goodies.
To rewind slightly, we started with some fantastic shellfish. Fat and juicy griddled scallops alongside perfectly pink prawns and sunshine yellow aioli. Washed down with Chalky’s own beer (that’s Rick Steins’ former doggie), or elderflower fizz for me, our starters quickly disappeared from their shells.
We finished our lunch with a visit to the fishmongers and deli by the restaurant, leading to some very heavy shopping bags to carry home…