Review: The Yorkshire Meatball Company, Harrogate

Evening all, I’m in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, visiting friends this weekend, and this evening we’ve been out for a meal at The Yorkshire Meatball CompanyContinue reading “Review: The Yorkshire Meatball Company, Harrogate”

Review: Ernie Beckett’s Traditional Fish Restaurant, Cleethorpes


Ernie Beckett’s Traditional Fish Restaurant, 21 Market Street, Market Place Corner, Cleethorpes DN35 8LY, England
It would appear that someone doesn’t know the difference between a comma and an apostrophe. Which is a catastrophe.

This afternoon I went out for my tea; I tried a fish restaurant I’ve never been too before. I’ve heard about Beckett’s from quite a few people so I thought I’d give it a try. When I arrived I found that the restaurant was full and there was a party of three already waiting. Beckett’s appears to be popular, both with locals and visitors, although it is early in the season. While I was waiting I perused the take-away menu. It was fairly priced. Having a quick look at the already cooked fish, they appeared to be generous portions. We were waiting about fifteen minutes for a table but when tables became available the staff quickly cleared away the debris and took orders.

The Food


Beckett’s serve basic fish and chip shop food, traditional stuff, nothing exotic.

We ordered three large fish, chips and mushy peas (one without the mushy peas), tea and bread and butter. £8.50 each.

The fish a beautifully cooked and very good quality; the batter a was light and crispy. The chips were just right. They were generously proportioned, although I wouldn’t have minded another slice of bread and butter. The tea pot was large and we got several cups each, and there was plenty of milk.


My fish and chips – so big I couldn’t get it all in the picture!

The Staff

Friendly, polite and efficient. The fish cook, James, especially made conversation with customers.

The Restaurant

It is a cafe really. It is small and the tables just about accommodate four people. The doors to the seating area are narrow. They do not take cards, cheques or fifty pound notes. On a nice day it’s probably quicker if you get your meal to take away and find a bench on the seafront. But on a chilly April afternoon it’s quite a pleasant place to sit down and eat.


It was nice. I’d definitely go there again.


Restaurant Review: The Barge, Grimsby

29th March 2013


I’m sat on The Barge


Waiting for my food


I can’t drink because I’m on my


And my head feels funny

Because I’m

Waiting for my food


It’s always worth the


Though because the food

At The Barge

Is the best in



So I’ll sit here

People watching and writing

Waiting for my food


Yes, while waiting I composed a poem about The Barge. I had little else to do except write and wait for my meal. I’ve eaten at this particular place a few times and never been disappointed.

The Barge is a popular place to eat and drink in Grimsby, especially for those who enjoy their music heavy (the most ‘pop’ music I’ve ever heard on their jukebox was Bon Jovi, and that’s only during the day. After 5pm it gets heavier and louder). Today it is particularly busy, their ‘2 jumbo fish, chips and peas for £14.99’ offer might have something to do with that. Despite its popularity The Barge is never packed during the day.

I ordered the ‘Barge Gourmet Burger’ for £7.95 and the special ‘Crème Egg Cheesecake with Vanilla Ice-cream’ for £2.00 (£2.95 if I hadn’t bought a main course as well), as well as a large Diet Pepsi (£1.95). The staff are friendly and polite, and although it took about 20 minutes for the food to arrive, they brought my cutlery and any sauce I requested immediately.

The burgers were just cooked, only just for my taste, but succulent and full-flavoured, the cheese generous, I could have done with a bit more bacon, although it was just right in terms of how well it was cooked. Any longer and it would have been too crispy. The onion rings, fresh, home-made onion rings, were perfect. They actually tasted of onion for a start; they were hot, but not scolding, crispy and golden. The chips were also home-made, chunky and golden. There didn’t appear to be a lot at first sight but the size of them made up for that. The salad and coleslaw was no mere accompaniment either but an integral part of the meal. The coleslaw was fresh, and also home-made, large slices of cabbage, onion and carrot well covered by mayonnaise. It was lovely.

My dinner: The Barge gourmet burger, with chips and salad
My dinner: The Barge gourmet burger, with chips and salad

I wasn’t sure I’d have room for a pudding after the main course but I thought I’d give it a try. And I was well rewarded. The base was thick and the cheesecake topping creamy. The ice-cream was excellent quality.


All in all, though it is a little expensive, if you happen to be in Grimsby for any reason and want a decent meal, ignore McDonalds and take a walk to the Freshney. You can’t miss The Barge, it’s a bloody great big barge concreted into the dock.

Bye for now