Seafarers St Anne’s

Fresh fish and chips by the sea at St Anne’s

K and I have come to the Ribble Valley for a wedding this weekend and decided to tie in a trip to St Anne’s beforehand.

My grandparents lived in Lancashire, so we had many a family trip to the seaside here
when I was little. Having such fond memories of the beach-side trampolines, crazy golf, the paddling pool, Fairhaven boating lake, and playing in the big grassy sand dunes, I couldn’t wait to re-visit.

One of the first decisions to make yesterday was where to eat once we’d met up with mum and dad. Dining apps including TripAdvisor, Top Table, Just Eat and Tastecard all came in handy during yesterday’s motorway journey, but it was the new Gourmet Society app that came up trumps: it led me to Seafarers fish and chip restaurant.

Now, it can’t be disputed that fish and chips taste better in the salty air of the seaside. And one of the first conditions of this get-together trip was that fish and chips would be involved (referred to simply as FnC by my parents – this saves them *several hours* a week in conversational time).

So we drove past Seafarers on our way to the hotel. It looks like a fairly basic fish and chip shop and cafe from outside but it’s got some good online reviews (in the absence of its own website) and is currently ranked #17 of 102 restaurants in Lytham St Anne’s on Trip Advisor, so it was worth a gamble.

Fried calamari + battered haggis and black pudding

I’d booked a table for 7.30pm and the restaurant was packed. Our waitress was cheerful, helpful and energetic, and joked that she was in need of a breather (understandably) having been on her feet and busy since 11am. A good sign.

All day special: fish, chips + mushy peas

The Gourmet Society deal (and Tastecard too, for that matter) is 2-for-1 on up to three courses (cheapest dish is free, for a max of two people) – an amazing deal, given how very reasonably priced it is anyway.

For starters we shared fried calamari @ £4.25 and a portion of battered haggis and black pudding @ £4.45, something a bit different and pretty good too.

For main course, I had the all day special of fish (beautiful crisp light batter and meaty, flaky fish), chips and mushy peas @ £7.35; K had the same but extra large @ £8.95.

Big K had plain haddock and chips @ £6.25 (yes, £6.25! I think you’d struggle to find that size portion of haddock and chips to take-away for £6.25 in London, never mind dining in) and B had chicken breast and chips @ £6.75.

All day special extra large

Haddock + chips – the ‘plain old’ version (!)

Chicken breast + chips

The portions were huge; fish and chips were amazing – perfectly cooked, and such good value. It’s fair to say that I ate far too much but it was way too tasty to leave any.

And if fish and chips isn’t your thing, there are lots more offerings: from 100% Aberdeen Angus beef burgers and (proper Lancashire) meat pies to pizzas and jacket potatoes.

Mum and I both had a glass of house white wine (a medium dry which was a bit too sweet for me but went fine with all the fried food nonetheless) @ about £3.00 a glass, and K and Big K both had a pint of Boddingtons @ about £4.00.

The total bill for four came to £44 (that’s with one free starter and main course, and having added a 15% tip). £11.00 each – amazing. And stuffed to satisfaction.

How I could eat here every #fishandchipFriday.


Then… and now – hanging out in St Anne’s

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British, fish and chips
~ Address: 341-343 Clifton Drive South, Lytham St. Anne’s
~ Postcode: FY8 1LP
~ Tel: 01253 722272
~ Nearest station: St Anne’s-On-Sea
~ Website: n/a
~ Menu: Sample menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Seafarers food
~ Location: Seafarers map

More North-West dining:
~ Qzine – Mediterranean bistro in Clitheroe

Seafarers on Urbanspoon


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