THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN CORNWALL
We had come down to Cornwall with high expectations
Of Cornish culinary delectations
But we wanted the real deal
Not the pretend
And Padstow we knew, was really 'on trend'
And this was the home of a 'celebrity chef'
Where we wouldn't expect any less than the best
So we went to Rick Stein's
Had a jolly nice time
Waiting in a quite long queue
For quite a long time ....
But we didn't... in the end... get a meal there
Though we did absorb the feel, where
We could soak up the atmosphere and admire the view
But we were getting hungry
And our tummies all were rumbly
The small people they were winging - so what else could we do?
But abandon our place in the Rick Stein queue
So we walked along the quay right into Padstow town
Where we saw people sitting down
There on the quayside eating chips
Happily licking well-fed lips
Not for them Rick Stein's posh gastro-chippy
(Some of them I fear looked distinctly hippy)
For it seemed their source of gastronomical joy
Was around the corner at 'Chip Ahoy'...
So, we swallowed our pride and ventured inside
For the queue here was moving quite fast
Cheaper prices of course
They don't charge for the sauce!
Our first Cornish fish and chips at last!
The first glorious greasy hot mouthful
Was poised right in front of my lips
When the rest of my fish was brutally ripped
From my grasp - and I dropped all my chips
And the seagull went soaring up into the sky
My supper was scuppered - I started to cry
I could see that we'd all led sheltered lives
But this was Padstow, it wasn't St.Ives!
We'd come over to Padstow
(We were staying in Rock)
And expected the same standards here
Not to have to eat chips while cowering in fear
So the aerial assault was a shock
So we settled for pasties
That looked homemade and ghastly
But the little ones they liked them lots....
The insides were quite tasty
And we all liked the pastry
But they'd left out the peas and the carrots...
© nigel hallworth 2021