Crown fisheries & Restaurant
No greasy diner, this. Crown Fisheries is a traditional fish and chip restaurant decorated in red, white and black with a vintage feel; spick, span and spotless with a simple menu, executed perfectly. Our young waitress was friendly and on the ball.
Meals come with chips, buttered bread and a generous pot of tea. If you don’t want fish and chips (£7.50) there’s sausages, chicken breast, scampi, vegetarian lasagne or a choice of pies (£5.70-£9.95).
Light and crispy melt-in-the-mouth batter, substantial yet tender fish and cooked-just-right chips make the meals worth every penny. The curry sauce is chip-shop classic; the mushy peas are good too. We’d have preferred ketchup bottles on the tables to plastic sachets of sauce but that’s a pretty minor quibble. For kids there’s chicken nuggets, burger, sausage or fish with chips, beans and a soft drink for £4.75. Desserts include apple pie, a fine example of sticky toffee pudding (£3.75), and ice cream (£2.30).
Crown Fisheries does get busy weekends and holidays but the fryers are expert and you won’t be served raw or limp chips here; the proviso “We don’t serve fast food, we serve good food as fast as we can” is reassuringly uncompromising.
Specials include a “family deal” Mon-Fri (2 adults 2 kids for £23.50; not bank hols) and a “pensioners’ deal” Mon-Wed (meals only £6.20; not bank hols). If you’d rather eat your chips on the riverbank, by the canal or in the park, Crown do takeaways too.