Wandering around Cleethorpes, we were getting a bit thirsty, and decided to look for somewhere to sit down with 'a nice cup of tea'
This place looked reasonable and clean, and had a few tables.
We spotted the tea and toasted tea cake special for £2 (tea £1 tea cake £1.20 if ordered separately)
We ordered at the counter, and the pleasant girl offered to make our tea now, then bring over the toasted tea cakes. (The woman in front of us had ordered 20 doughnuts, which were being deep fried) Tea served in mugs - help yourself to milk and sugar.
This cafe is part of the adjacent amusement arcade, and there is no dividing wall, so the bleeps, whistles and clankings from the machines was a bit of a distraction.
Our tea cakes arrived, with butter melting on the top. Mine was fine, if a bit on the small side, but Phil's was slightly burnt.
Reasonable prices and clean, but if we'd walked a bit further there was a place that sold different varieties of tea etc.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my mug of tea, and the toasted tea cake was pleasant enough.
Well, you can't visit the seaside without eating Fish and Chips can you?
We'd noticed this attractive looking building next to the train station, and marked it as a possible place to purchase our treat later on. It certainly looked to be a popular place, as each time we passed, there was a steady queue.
We noticed a few more chippies on the promenade, as well as on the streets behind.
After an afternoon chilling out on the beach - this time it wasn't literally, as the sun was blazing down - a rare event for an English summer ;-) we set off to the Mermaid, and joined the queue. The queue was moving at a decent rate, but gave us time to peruse the menu, and admire the Victorian architecture. This was at one time the Rest Room for the train station, which was built in 1883.
The menu consisted of the usual favourites - battered cod or haddock £1.90/£3.90, chips £1.30- £1.60, fish cake 80p, sausage 80p- £1.40,scampi £2.80, chip butty £2, curry or gravy sauce £1 and chicken nuggets(4) £1.40
Hot drinks -Tea, coffee Hot Choc - £1
Cold cans 90p Coke Bottles £1.50
Salt and Vinegar at the end of the counter to add yourself.
Sachets of sauce/ketchup 10p Pickle 50p
We spotted a large banner proclaiming that Laura Spavin from this establishment had won 3rd pla(i)ce??? in the 'Young Fish Fryer of the Year' There wasn't a date, but I now know it was in 2009, also that Laura is the young owner of this family run business, taking it on aged just 20, with no previous experience of working in a chippy.Read All About It
Well, the young staff were all very professional and hard working, I certainly didn't envy them working on a hot sunny day, in this environment though.
There are a few tables to eat at, but we didn't want to miss the good weather, so we headed to the beach to enjoy ours. Luckily the sea gulls here are better behaved than in other resorts, and don't get too close - I've seen people have their fish and chips 'stolen' by these nuisances.
Mmmmmm! Delicious. Not as good as the ones that we enjoyed a couple of years ago on the beach in Aldeburgh (which was some of the best Fish and Chips I've enjoyed), but very good indeed. Maybe the fish let it down a little bit, maybe it was just a tad too dry. I've been told in the past not to eat fish on a Monday, as the fishermen don't turn out on a Sunday, so it won't be as fresh as on other days, whether this is true or not I'm not sure.
Yes, I'd certainly recommend this place.
There doesn't appear to be a website, which I'm surprised about. There is a Facebook page, but it doesn't appear to be active.
I guess that there is enough custom here through location, reputation and return customers not to need extra advertising (or extra work)
Favorite Dish: We were offered Cod or Haddock, we both opted for cod and chips. I chose the small portion £3.20, while Phil went for the 'manly' large portion at £5.20, we also had a tub of mushy peas each.
Hot freshly fried battered cod, laid on a heap of freshly cooked chips and topped with a portion of well cooked mushy peas - just add a sprinkle of salt, dowse in vinegar, until your nose stings and tuck in !!!
Comfortable bar on Cleethorpes station recommended to us for it's choice of beers. No food on offer but a great place to try excellent real ales at a reasonable price. Friendly place to wait for your train.
A brewpub is always likely to attract our attention, this one just along the road from our B&B a bonus. A lunchtime stop, tasty food and beer brewed on the premesis, Willy's original, very good as well. Mostly middle aged customers at lunchtime, called in early evening for a swift beer and very much a place for youngsters at that time of day.
Enjoyed our visit here.
A wet evening and this restaurant very close to our B&B so choice made for us. Always enjoyed Thai food!
Lots to choose from and both decided on the good value set menu, vegetarian for Mrs B. Food tasty and nicely cooked along with a couple of Singha beers a very enjoyable meal.
also does a good take away trade.
Mad cow make milkshakes using your favourite chocolates and sweets as flavour.
Favorite Dish: I had a wispa milkshake and Katie had a smarties milkshake.
Boater’s beach restaurant is a very nice restaurant and cafe on the sea front at Cleethorpes. We had latte and cake overlooking the sea.
Favorite Dish: The latte was delicious.