Before we relocated from London to Bideford in February, mention take-away and I thought Indian or Chinese. Fish and Chips just never crossed my mind! However, all has changed now that we are living within a stone’s throw of the sea.
I realise our sampling of North Devon’s Fish and Chip venues started when we were property searching and, like most people, visited the local tourist information centre where we discovered a delightful North Devon and Exmoor Food and Drink guide. The Traditional Fish and Chip section awakened child-hood memories of a newspaper wrapped Friday supper eaten in the car. Mouths watering, it became part of our ‘research’ to test out the 2008 winner, Squires Fish Restaurant in Braunton, we were really impressed to find a modern licensed restaurant – what a treat to enjoy a deliciously simple meal washed down with a beer – the bar had been set high!
Somehow, again unplanned, we ate Fish & Chips on our first night in Devon at the 50’s style diner on Bideford Quay – we haven’t been back since –they weren’t bad, but we’ve found better…..
Still in a spin after hitting the ground running at Robin Hill Farm Cottages, our next recommendation came from one of our guests (isn’t it us who are supposed to make the recommendations?!). Kate’s Plaice mobile Fish and Chips park up every Wednesday night just a mile away in Pynes Lane – how convenient!
Gareth, our pool and spa supplier from Appledore, was indignant when I recounted these early experiences and confidently claimed the BEST to be Sylvesters on Meeting St, Appledore – Gareth is both biased and right! It has quickly become part of our repertoire to take visiting family and friends to Appledore for Fish and Chips, eaten with our fingers, from the paper, sitting on the Quay (or in the bus shelter when it is raining!).
Then, at October half term when it was just too cold to eat on Appledore Quay we defected to the indoor warmth of recently opened The Royal Plaice, Market St. Reports were good, our hopes were high, and we were not disappointed – succulent fish and chunky homemade chips and the special comes with bread and butter and a cup of tea.
So now we’re spoilt for choice ………. meanwhile a sneak preview of the 2011 Food Guide reveals we might not have even tried the top three Traditional Fish and Chip venues ………. watch this space for vinegary updates………..