The Pelican, Barnstaple

The Pelican is a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway in Sticklepath, Barnstaple. It recently underwent a big redecoration in the restaurant in the last year or two, and it was runner up for a National Fish and Chip Shop Award!

This was the first time I went to try it, and I was expecting good things! There is quite a good selection on the menu – traditional things like cod, haddock, chips (their website actually offers all-you-can-eat chips if you run out!), as well as curries and fish pies. They do also have specials, although the waiter didn’t really promote them to us. The specials board says they have smoked haddock fish cakes using fresh, local fish delivered on that day. We shared the crab cakes and I had scampi and chips.

The crab cakes were ok, I wasn’t a big fan of them. The portion for a starter is quite large however.

The scampi was plentiful – normally most portion sizes I get are quite small, and there is lots of scampi meat (they use scampi whole tail). They were cooked just right and the chips were delicious – the right texture and not greasy unlike others I have eaten. I also took a quick bite from my partner’s cod and chips, and the batter is light and the fish looks and tastes fresh. Again, it wasn’t greasy.

We squeezed in room for a sweet. We had the Summer Berry Cheesecake and Mario’s Homemade Apple Pie. The portions were larger than I expected!

The cheesecake wasn’t the best I have had but the apple pie was nice. I wish there was an option to have it served with hot custard – that would have been even better!

Overall, the food was to a good standard and the price is not too expensive. The restaurant is beautiful, service is friendly and there is parking on site. The small criticisms I have is that some of the cutlery was dirty and the menus are sticky. Paying more attention to detail would make this experience even better.

Kawaii Box – September Edition

This is the last box in my three-month subscription and it is one that will be missed. One small grumble is that the box always seems to be squashed when it arrives at my doorstep. I am a little fearful that something will be broken or fall out, but thankfully this has never happened.

So in my last box…

  • Kabaya Fish Gummies – I really like the packaging. The sweets are ok – citrus flavoured.
  • Kawaii food sticker set – yummy
  • Moomin Purse – although I have never been a big Moomin fan, it does look quite good!
  • Fragrance beads – this is something I have never really seen before. The pot is really cute.
  • Thank You Dog greeting card
  • Squishy Bread Charm – kawaii charms are a favourite of mine, and this is another one to add to my collection!
  • DIY Jewellery Kit – something to fill my time with, it reminds me of when I used to love making bracelets when I was younger
  • Bunny Pen – this is supposed to be a “neck stretching bunny pen” which looks quite bizarre. It is something that will stand out in my pencil case
  • Alpaca Pouch – this is something that I can find a good use for, and I like the print
  • Caplico Ice Cream sweet – this is a biscuit cone with strawberry and chocolate cream. This tastes quite nice – not too sweet and not too heavy.
  • Egg Mini Plush – he looks so joyful!
What I have really liked about these boxes is that they are quite big, so you get a huge range of items of differing sizes. I also like the addition of Japanese and Korean sweets, some of which I have really found tasty. I will miss this box and I hope I can subscribe again in the future.

Enjoying The Sunshine In Ilfracombe!

The last few weeks have been wonderful weather, giving me time to enjoy the summer while it lasts! And where better it spend it than the beaches in Devon? First, we went to Ilfracombe –  a small town that has plenty of shops, cafes, entertainment and sand.

We had lunch at The Ilfracombe Fryer, a fish and chip takeaway and restaurant. The restaurant was very busy – we managed to get the last table. We had to wait a while to order, before we caught the attention of one of the waitresses at the counter. The food was tasty and well priced. I had the scampi and chips.

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There are magnificent views of the sea and cliffs in Ilfracombe. Visitors often walk up the big hill to enjoy the sea breeze and see the whole of the town from the top.

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There is also an Hockings ice cream van, famous ice cream in Devon. For those who like plays and shows, there is the Landmark theatre. During the day, there is also a cafe to take a break.

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Iflramcombe has also transformed its public gardens since my last visit, and it looks so pretty!

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Around the seaside, there are a number of art shops and galleries. I like this ice lolly piece.

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Plus another thing Ilfracombe is famous for is Verity – the pregnant woman with a sword, courtesy of Damien Hirst. It first arrived a few years ago upon mixed reaction. Some say it is an eyesore for the town, some say it is expression of art, but no one can deny it is something that everyone is talking about. Many visitors take photos of the sculpture.

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There is also St Nicholas’ Chapel which is situated on a hill next to the sea. Admission is free for the chapel, which was used as a place of worship since 1321. Nowadays, it is mainly used as a musuem with displays of ships and historic use of the chapel.

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Another place we went to was the Ilfracombe Aquarium (£4.50 for adult, £3.50 for child). It was very busy and quite small, but there is some great sealife to see – nurse sharks, rays, starfishes and spider crabs to name but a few.

After all that walking, I needed to time to relax. Dolly’s cafe is a spacious unit with indoor and outdoor seating. I had a cream tea for £6.75 with a homemade scone, jam, Rodda’s clotted cream and Miles’ English tea – an indulgent treat! I was also given a loyalty card giving me 10% off everytime I visit.

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There are many gift shops – I left with some shortbread and homemade caramel fudge from Fudgies.

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