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Cleethorpes Pier Central, Promenade, Cleethorpes, England, DN35 8SF
  • I've eaten here three times now and each time I am impressed by how smart the staff look
  • There are toilets available in the bar area, including one suitable for disabled visitors and further toilets are available in the restaurant
  • However on our recent visit (Saturday 7th April 2018), we found that all of the bar toilets were out of order (male, female and disabled) which seemed odd
  • The total cost for two meals with peas, bread and butter and drinks normally comes to just over £
  • I would definitely recommend this place as an occasional treat, because it serves consistently good food and because fish and chips always taste better at the seaside

by Mick Spicer
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    Papas in Cleethorpes is the world’s largest fish and chip shop. It is located in Cleethorpes on the east coast of England in north Lincolnshire where it can found on the Pier, with panoramic views looking out to sea and over the beach. It is one of many fish and chip shops within the Papas chan, that was established back in 1966 in Margate in Kent. Today it is still a family run business, which is now into its third generation.

    The Cleethorpes addition to the Papas portfolio opened in 2017 and with 500 seats it surpassed their Willerby branch, which until that point was the world’s largest fish and chip shop with 320 seats.

    Papas has won numerous awards and was voted Britain’s best fish and chip shop by the BBC following a nationwide poll in 2017.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • Access to Papas is via a short walk along the Pier. The Pier is flat and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

    The exterior of the building is mainly glass and it has a very modern look, despite the fact that the building dates from 1905. It was originally a Pavilion and its final use was a dance hall and nightclub which closed in 2011, after which the Pier closed until it was purchased by Papas who refurbished it and put railings around its perimeter for safety reasons.

    The first thing that you will come to is a small take away with a few seats outside and immediately to the right of this you will see the entrance to the restaurant and bar. I haven’t purchased anything from the take away side of the business but it is always busy and there are often long queues.

    Walking through the entrance you can either turn right into the bar or go straight ahead into the restaurant. If you go straight ahead to the restaurant you walk through another set of glass doors and turn right at the end of the corridor, but no need to worry about getting lost because the restaurant is well signed.

    You will greeted by a member of staff at the reception who will hand you a menu and take you to a table. I have never pre booked a table here but it is possible to do so on their website. I’ve eaten here three times now and each time I am impressed by how smart the staff look.They are all very young but friendly, with the females dressed in a white shirt, striped waistcoat, black skirt and black shoes. The male staff don’t have a waistcoat but instead wear a black tie with white shirt, black trousers and black shoes.

    On my first two visits we managed to get a table right by the window but on the most recent visit these were all reserved so next time we will probably book in advance.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • The restaurant opens at 11.30 am but the bar area opens at 11 am so if you are early you can wait in the bar.

    There are toilets available in the bar area, including one suitable for disabled visitors and further toilets are available in the restaurant. However on our recent visit (Saturday 7th April 2018), we found that all of the bar toilets were out of order (male, female and disabled) which seemed odd.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • The interior of the building maintains its original dance hall theme with the majority of the tables located in the former ballroom with high painted ceilings and chandelier like lights.

    There are no tablecloths on the round, wooden tables but instead these are polished wood, with good quality wooden chairs. Table sizes vary to accommodate different party sizes, with the larger tables capable of holding around a dozen guests.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • The menu is in the form of a newspaper which is a nice touch. Whilst most visitors come here for fish and chips there are other options available including a vegetarian pie but I always opt for a large haddock with chips and add on bread and butter and mushy peas.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • The available fish is haddock, cod or plaice in medium, large or giant portions.

    On our recent visit the food arrived after about 15 minutes and did not disappoint. As previously, the batter on the fish is always cooked just to my liking, it is very light and flaky and not in the slightest bit greasy. Whilst the fish itself literary melts in your mouth. The peas are served in small round pot dish and the bread of butter is two thick slices of white bread that arrives buttered. The chips are also good too. Tomato sauce and other condiments are available on request and these are also served in pot dishes.

  • Papas Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, England
  • I also usually order a coffee which comes with a biscuit, or a soft drink. The total cost for two meals with peas, bread and butter and drinks normally comes to just over £25.

    During the meal the staff always check that everything is satisfactory and when you are finished you request your bill although payment for this is made at the reception counter on your way out. It does seem however that the staff do not have dedicated tables and it was a different girl who asked if our meal was alright to the one who served it and when we needed the bill we could see neither so beckoned a third girl. On this occasion there was a small hiccup with the bill as were brought the wrong one (for table 29 and not table 31) but this was quickly resolved.

    Cleethorpes is a lovely little seaside town in North Lincolnshire, with a nice sandy beach with donkeys in the summer, there a few amusements and fairground rides and everything you would expect from a typical small English seaside town including numerous guest houses and hotels along the seafront and the larger shops of the town are just a few minutes walk inland.

    I visit Cleethorpes often as it is the nearest seaside to my home, just a 30 minute drive away and Papas is a welcome recent addition to the town, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a posh restaurant because it is not. It is good old British fish and chips served in a fantastic location.

    Papas in Cleethorpes opens daily from 11.30am until 11pm, with the bar opening half an hour earlier and later.

    I would definitely recommend this place as an occasional treat, because it serves consistently good food and because fish and chips always taste better at the seaside.



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