No visit to the seaside is complete without a dish of fish and chips eaten around the harbour. Herbie's Bar is a typical seafront kiosk selling take away food - burgers, pies - and fish and chips. But this one has been written up in the quality newspapers and is said to be the "best in the west".
It is for fish and chips that Herbie's first became known and he certainly seemed to be doing brisk business when we joined the queue.
We spotted the special deal for seniors - £4.60 instead of £5.40 - and ordered 4 portions. The fish of the day was haddock and we were advised that there would be a short wait as they arecooked to order.
We found a bench in front of the Harbourmaster's Office where we enjoyed very generous portions of piping hot, battered fish and chips. Delicious!
Do visit the nearby Lifeboat Shop for a good range of quality gifts and souvenirs sold in support of the brave and entirely voluntary Royal National Lifeboat Service.
The Cobb Arms is situated adjacent to the harbour, on the approach to the Cobb itself. As such this is probably the best located pub in town and I should imagine in summer it is the busiest. Even on a damp March Monday afternoon it was still busy enough, being about half-full with mostly diners and a few drinkers at the bar.
This is a food-led pub and the menu offers a good range of pub grub, along with traditional specials from the blackboard. The food is pretty much all home-made and whilst catering mostly for eaters the place does have a proper pub atmosphere and serves an excellently-kept pint of the local (ish) Palmers beers.
On my visit I found the service to be swift and friendly, the nautical themeing subtle rather than OTT and the real fire blazing away in its hearth added a homely touch.
Food is served all day from morning coffee and muffins and the full menu from lunchtime onwards.
Favorite Dish: Being on the harbourside the food offering leans towards fish and seafood, as it should, and tempted though I was by the scallops I settled on the "Old English Fish Pie". This turned out to be more of a gratin than a pie, lacking the normal "lid" of mash potato, but none the worse for that. Good-sized chunks of salmon, whitefish and smoked haddock were bound in a rich cheese sauce, nicely browned under the grill, and served with simple boiled potatoes and vegetables.
Very tasty and at £9.50 also reasonably priced.
had dinner here sept 13th 2008 after suggestion by taxi driver
and ten hours walking along the coastal path.
dinner available till 9pm
pretty busy, must take over 100 people
bowls of chips were tasty
Favorite Dish: fish pies were very good, about £7. green veg was not,
local ales by palmers were pretty nice