Cornwall / Eating out / Travel

The Golden Lion Pub & Restaurant, Port Isaac, Cornwall

[I’m slowly adding reviews for places I visited in Cornwall… Here’s the review for dinner on Saturday June 9.]

After the fancy food we’d enjoyed at The Slipway Restaurant on Friday night, on Saturday we felt like some cheap and cheerful takeaway fish and chips.

Having spent a good part of our evening in The Golden Lion once we’d arrived in Port Isaac, we thought we’d revisit for their very reasonably-priced takeaway fish and chips to enjoy somewhere along the harbour.

But once we entered, we were again welcomed so warmly by the staff and so enchanted by the rugged atmosphere that we decided to stay and eat in the upstairs restaurant.

Our gorgeous blonde waitress bounded up the stairs to show us to our table and we spent the first ten minutes ignoring the menu and taking snaps of the view across Port Isaac from our table-side window.

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

Once I’d finally had a chance to digest the menu, I chose the trio of fish from the specials board. It included a whole pan-fried mackerel, a fillet of haddock and a couple of huge garlic prawns along with a small salad and new potatoes.

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

The mackerel was a little oily for my liking, but I still enjoyed its pungent flavour. The haddock was the opposite – translucent, delicate and melty in my mouth. The garlic prawns were a little chewy, but this was probably due to their size more than the way they were cooked.

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

Mr Q and I shared a crème brûlée with homemade vanilla icecream for dessert. Sadly, this crème brûlée, although gorgeously custard-y on the inside, had a very thick toffee-like ‘lid’ that took a fair bit of muscle to crack into, not the crispy layer of burnt caramelised sugar I’m used to.

The Golden Lion is worth a visit for the view alone. Pair your visit with a few drinks, a chat to the locals and a decent meal and you’ll have a fantastic night.

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