Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips Opens in Falmouth Tonight!
Opening tonight (Friday 19th March 2010) on Discovery Quay, Falmouth – opposite the National Maritime Museum, Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips opens its doors at 5pm.
Rick Stein and his ex-wife Jill have spent over thirty-five years building up their business in Padstow, which includes four restaurants, a deli, patisserie, gift shop, cookery school and 40 guest bedrooms, as well as a pub in the nearby village of St. Merryn, but Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips in Falmouth will be their first venture away from the Padstow area.
“It’s great to be finally opening in Falmouth. Outside Padstow it’s my favourite seaside town in Cornwall.
“Jill and I have looked around Cornwall for a long time for a place to expand beyond Padstow. Our inspiration for The Seafood Restaurant originally came from a restaurant in Falmouth that we frequented during the 1970’s, so it seemed only natural to finally open our own restaurant here. It’s a place we both know well.
“I've always been fascinated by Falmouth. From childhood reading, it was one of those romantic ports where ships left to rescue nobles from revolutionary France in Scarlet Pimpernel novels. Historically it's always been a major port. It has one of the best natural harbours in Europe. It has fabulous fish and is a pretty and atmospheric Cornish town. Why would I not want to be part of somewhere so special?
“And for the future who knows? We’re looking at another site in Falmouth that I think could be great for a deli, selling lots of great local produce and those wonderful Fal oysters.” Rick Stein.
“We’re really excited to be opening our fish and chip restaurant in Falmouth. We wanted to keep the design concept the same as our fish and chip shop in Padstow, whilst giving the place a more nautical feel. I was inspired by Falmouth’s marine heritage and yachting culture and wanted to incorporate this theme into the new design.
“The new restaurant has retained the traditional fish and chip shop style with crisp white tiled walls, pebbled counters, dark slate flooring and chunky oak benches. But we’ve also included new features such as the mural of the National Maritime Museum image of a tall ship, which is also on our menus.” Jill Stein.
All photography by Hugh Hastings.