Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips at Falmouth is a rather discrete affair from the outside tastefully blending in with the other buildings of Discovery Quay including the National Maritime Museum. It’s in three parts: a takeaway; the main fish and chip restaurant and, upstairs, the Oyster Bar. They don’t take bookings for the fish and chip restaurant – just turn up. Bookings are well advised for the Oyster Bar though. Opening hours are 12:00 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 21:00.
We visited the main restaurant which is bright and informal with a variety of table types. The acoustics are not the best, giving the atmosphere of a canteen and it was a pity that there was not natural ventilation. The staff were all very amiable but service of drinks and starters was rather painfully slow: also the starters we had lacked the “Wow” factor we were anticipating. However, all was forgiven with the main course – my battered sea bream was truly fantastic and the rest of the party were equally impressed. Puddings were fine, but their impact was diluted because a) the main course was so good and b) we were all well filled and puddings were just a demonstration of our lack of will power rather than a real need. Going back six months later the experiance was just the same – although this includes the very slow service.
We must go back to the Oyster Bar next though……………
Another reviewer adds “This is the best battered fish we’ve ever tasted”.