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A family holiday to Cornwall just wouldn’t be the same without sampling the region’s famous seafood delights. Delicious batter-coated cod with chunky chips, whilst sat on the beach watching the surfing – bliss. 

The north coast of Cornwall is lucky to have a vibrant fishing community, with wonderful fresh fish arriving daily. And a beautiful fresh piece of British fish would not be the same without accompanying chips and perhaps some mushy peas. And that only leaves one final Cornish family holiday tradition; deciding how many portions to share between the family. 

From takeaway fish and chips in a box from Rick Stein’s famous ‘chippy’ in the seafood mecca that is Padstow to Gordon Ramsey’s favourite tacos on the beach in Polzeath, here are the top 5 fish and chip restaurants in North Cornwall that your family will love.

Stein’s Fish & Chips, Padstow

Padstow is a charming and vibrant fishing port located on the western bank of the Camel estuary. Not only is it a bustling, working fishing port it is famous as Cornwall’s number one foodie destination, thanks to celebrity chef Rick Stein. The much-liked chef now has several eateries in Padstow. Stein opened his first one, Padstow’s The Seafood Restaurant, in 1975. It was a joint venture with his wife and today is Stein’s flagship kitchen. This is fine seafood dining, but you can enjoy still enjoy a traditional cod, deep-fried in dripping and served with chunky chips, mushy peas and instead of ketchup, tartare sauce. There’s a kid’s menu for little ones over 3 years. 

For a walk down memory lane, however, we’d highly recommend heading just down the seafront in Padstow to Stein’s Fish & Chips, for a more traditional experience. Inside, there’s informal seating with bottles of squeeze ketchup on the tables or you can enjoy Cornwall’s most famous fish and chips in a takeaway box, just as it was meant to be.

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

Tucked away on a small street in the heart of Padstow, is the grand, white-washed townhouse of Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, one of Cornwall’s Michelin star restaurant

Whilst Michelin dining isn’t always the first-thought on a familyholiday, No.6 is known for its lovely laid-back and welcoming atmosphere and there’s a children’s menu available upon request. There’s plenty of battered seafood options on the menu to satisfy that traditional chippy craving, but the mushy peas will more likely be a bed of micro-herbs. No. 6 have been closed for a short break for the winter season and re-open again 6 February 2020, read for February half-term holidays. 

Explore Padstow, the seafood foodie capital of Cornwall.

The Mariners at Rock 

This gastropub is part of the Paul Ainsworth family and is the place to go for an upmarket fish and chip lunch, where you can choose from your locally caught cod, with or without batter. The pub has only been open for eight months, but in January 2020 came 23rd in the Top Gastropub list and also scooped winner for Newcomer of the Year award at the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs. There are high chairs for discerning micro-dinners, so head down to the seafront and enjoy this delightful pub where the fish and chip portions are as large as the buckets of warmth and love that this pub offers. 

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Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow 

Run by husband-and-wife team, the fun-named Prawn on the Lawn holds the rather coveted title of Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2019, organised by The Caterer in association with Seafish. You may know of their older sibling restaurant (with the same name) that opened in Islington, London, in 2013. Prawn on the Lawn use the local Padstow dayboats for fish and shellfish supplies with a daily changing menu, where rather than chips you’re more likely to see a side order or crushed spiced potatoes. 

Taco Boys, New Polzeath

Fancy trying Gordon Ramsey’s favourite Cornish tacos? After a day relaxing on the beach, wander to Polzeath’s best beach taco bar, Taco Boys UK. Take a made-to-order fresh hake with the signature Mexican twist taco, wrapped in paper down on to the beach and enjoy a new take on fish and chips on the beach. You get a side-order of a great story to take him with you too, as this beach hut is no run-of-the-mill Hawaiian-style shack. No, it is an unexpected converted horse-box. These boys are seasonal so do check in with Facebook in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Build sandcastles on the stunning beach at Polzeath, North Cornwall. 

Family time is precious and it is simple memories like fish and chips on the beach which last a lifetime. Contact our Rock office on 01208 863206 or drop us a line at if you would like to book your family holiday in the North Cotswolds, where laughter and smiles are the catch of the day.