Stein's Fish And Chips (Rick Stein), Padstow, Cornwall Reviews

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“Stein's Fish and Chips”

Written on: 17/02/2021 by CarterEric (12 reviews written)

The cod and chips were always fine. Especially when all the sides are extracted, it is a bit pricey. Fish tastes fantastic… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Overrated”

Written on: 04/12/2013 by Roger.C (4 reviews written)

Its all hot air, their food isn't much tasty and has to send it back to get reheated when they gave me cold chips. Won't be visiting in a hurry not recommended considering current service and food quality… Read Full Review

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“Below Average”

Written on: 07/08/2013 by Jerry1233 (1 review written)

Served by a Polish girl who hardly spoke English, until her colleague could see she was struggling and took over to complete my order. This took something away from 'the experience'. The Fish was nice but the chips were not good at all. When you are paying top money for Fish & Chips and Rick Stein has put his name to it, you expect something a little special, but it didn't deliver. How hard can it be to create good quality chips? My local chippy does so with no fanfare and low prices, so why… Read Full Review

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“Very disappointed”

Written on: 05/12/2012

Soggy batter, chips not fresh. Travelled a distance, what a waste of time and money!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Best Fish-n-chips in Padstow ! Yea right.”

Written on: 28/09/2012

Four of us were recently on holiday at Pendogget near Padstow, (September 2012) so while in Padstow, we, like many others just had to try Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips. I think I have been in better transport cafe’s, very noisy place to sit and eat and definitely not that comfortable. We decided to eat in the restaurant if that’s what it is, rather than takeaway and eat elsewhere. The meal was served up in a “cardboard box”, just as it would have been if taken away! It costs extra to… Read Full Review

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“Is anyone at the Rick Steins's empire listening to...”

Written on: 29/01/2012 by anuradhabhatt (1 review written)

Rick Steins's chippy in Padstow is my favourite in all of Uk. The few times I've visited when in Cornwall, the food has been excellent, service so-so, atmosphere outside on the harbour front fantastic and you only had to fight the gulls to get at your food. However, reading the reviews here, has been a little upsetting. With so many negative write ups, hasn't anyone from the business tried to improve the customer experience? Do these celebrity chefs actually care what the humble man, the paying… Read Full Review

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Nitramsivad's Response to anuradhabhatt's Review

Written on: 22/10/2012

I have just returned and was appalled how bad the chips where. Its absolutely disgusting. Rick is one of my food hero's so the fact that something as basic as a chip is being served so badly and an overinflated price is disgusting. He should be ashamed.

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“Trading on a name”

Written on: 16/10/2011 by beardypete (1 review written)

Hi, Actually, disappointment doesn't really say how I feel about the quality of the cod and chips that I was served at the Fish and Chip restaurant/cafe on the 12th of October - it was more a feeling of anger at being ripped off. We'd travelled 360 miles to visit Cornwall and part of the holiday was always going to be a day in Padstow and a chance to sample some Rick Stein tasty seafood. Whilst the Seafood Restaurant was always going to be too expensive for us to contemplate, we were looking… Read Full Review

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“Rip off 'Celebrity' Food”

Written on: 06/07/2011

The way Rick Stein talks about food you would expect a marvelous experience going to his Fish & Chip shop! I would only describe the over priced meal (£8+)of Cod and Chips as disgusting. I know chips are not very good in most take aways but the miserable little portion of dry, grey looking fish was absolutely terrible. You can get better from Icelands freezers! If you want a good meal, try Port Issac where you can get a vastly superior offering for around £5… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Sadly disappointed, The service was terrible If I was...”

Written on: 25/04/2011

Sadly disappointed, The service was terrible If I was honest I was slightly shocked by the lack of respect the food got from the staff not something I expected. I had the monkfish which was freshly cooked and really nice but frankly not worth the 11 pound price tag. My partner had the haddock but his batter was really soggy and the chips are terrible and leave a real after taste in your mouth.

Definiatley not worth the trip, I have had better fish and chips from my local… Read Full Review

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“Expensive. Nothing special. After I had eaten it felt...”

Written on: 23/03/2011

Expensive. Nothing special. After I had eaten it felt like I had lead in my stomach. Cannot recommend… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I thought, that being in Cornwall I should visit...”

Written on: 01/02/2011

I thought, that being in Cornwall I should visit Stein's famous fish and chip bar. Crikey, what a disappointment! A measly small piece of haddock in a thin coating of batter, with chips that aren't even made onsite (total £12 with a pint of beer which was actually the brilliant bit, highly recommended!). Abysmal. 1st February and no queue whatsoever, I'd be gutted if I'd have waited for 30 minutes like others! Go to Grimsby instead if you want decent Fish & Chips… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“The fish and chips were good, but was a bit unhappy...”

Written on: 02/12/2010

The fish and chips were good, but was a bit unhappy that when I wanted form Tomato Sauce, I had a buy a sachet of Heinz Ketchup for 35p.

Come on Rick Stein stop being so tight and provide some complementary HOMEMADE tomato sauce you're not MacDonalds… Read Full Review

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“ Oysters gave me and my husband awful sickness and...”

Written on: 15/10/2010

Oysters gave me and my husband awful sickness and upset stomachs I have never experienced anything like it..... not a great way to end our holiday, from the review below obviously a bad batch of oysters not what I'd expect with the prices we paid… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Queued for bad service, soggy chips, and oysters that...”

Written on: 13/10/2010

Queued for bad service, soggy chips, and oysters that gave 4 of us severe food poisoning for 24 hours. To top it all there is only one toilet.

Avoid this place at all costs… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Stein has always said that he only keeps (frozen) cod...”

Written on: 18/08/2010

Stein has always said that he only keeps (frozen) cod on the menu for the coaches full of OAPs that can't tell a decent piece of freshly landed fish from the stuff they get inland, so anyone complaining about their cod and scampi (which I've never seen on the menu) is simply subsidising it for the rest of us. As for the chip shop, it's good, sometimes excellent, a bit overpriced but with a far wider range of fresh fish than usually offered. His deli next door really is a rip-off though… Read Full Review

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Written on: 09/03/2011

I found this review somewhat helpful because...it seems pretty honest but I can't beleive that contrary to all the other reviewers this person suggests they don't have cod and scampi on the menu? Did they go to different restaurant?

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“Used the take away as the queue was shorter than it...”

Written on: 17/08/2010 by barryyates (1 review written)

Used the take away as the queue was shorter than it was for the restuarant next door. Had to wait in one queue for 30 mins to place the order and then queue in a differnt queue for a further 40 mins waiting for it to be cooked. King Prawn starter was bland and cold, Cod was very nice and fresh, chips were ordinary. Definitely NOT value for money. Would NOT recommend this experience to an enemy never mind family or friends… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Trades solely on Rick Stein's name as would be...”

Written on: 08/08/2010

Trades solely on Rick Stein's name as would be expected. Nothing special annd expensive (Rick's profit) Probably better fish & chips from the chippy in Padstaow (one street back) - its where the locals fo!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“without a doubt one of the worst fish and chip dinners...”

Written on: 28/07/2010

without a doubt one of the worst fish and chip dinners my wife and I have ever had. everything about the meal was bad, hard chips, tasteless fish rubbish batter. The meal was just bad. We expected a great meal and really let down. This place is running on his name. If the staff want to sample how to make and taste good fish and chips they should come up to the North Yorkshire coast to a certain restaurant with the steps and a type of bird in its name, now they are the best. This restaurant… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“we thought that the food was excellent, however,...”

Written on: 14/07/2010 by lornalou12 (1 review written)

we thought that the food was excellent, however, slightly overpriced. service was ok, but a bit manic between ordering and waiting for food.
A definate must do whilst in Padstow.
Homemade tartare sauce amazing.

Scampi and Fish were superb and perfectly portioned.
chips were scrummy.

Would definatley visit again… Read Full Review

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“I was expecting a lot more than I got. We waited over...”

Written on: 11/07/2010

I was expecting a lot more than I got. We waited over half an hour to get 2 cod n chips to take away. The fish inside the batter was good, tasted fresh but the batter was rubbish. It stuck to the box. It was also a small portion. However, the fish was miles better than the chips, they were awful. They tasted old, were hard on the outside. If I could have been bothered, I would have taken them back to complain, but I was too hot and just wanted to get away from the place.

Im not sure the last… Read Full Review

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