Dining Out: Thompsons Fish and Chips, on A64 at Hazelbush


Even if you’ve never stopped there, you’ll probably know Thompsons fish and chips, a restaurant and attached takeaway.

It’s on the A64 on the right as you approach York, an ideal spot if you’re making the journey back to Scarborough from a day out or longer away.

And if you have stopped and eaten there you’ll probably agree that afterwards you might need to pump up the tyres a bit to allow for the extra weight!

Because the portions are massive. Had I known how big, I’d probably have opted for just a starter and dessert. Our starters were big, our (and other people’s we saw) main courses were huge ... and, although not particularly cheap, it made our meal for four good value.

The restaurant is large, light and airy, with a clean modern look enhanced by smart nautical themed decor – yachts in abundance on the wallpaper and glass screens – and photos on the wall of generations of Thompson family fishermen.

Something also huge is the menu – it took us a while to plough through it.

Even though it’s a fish restaurant, there are plenty of 
alternatives, ranging from salads and pies to steaks and the “famous tower burgers”, and also four vegetarian options.

From a choice of eight starters we went for three – Icelandic prawn cocktail, roasted field mushrooms and pate.

The standout of those was the middle one (pictured), three large mushrooms atop crunchy toasted ciabatta and themselves topped with mozzarella, basil and pesto, a delicious opener.

Other starters choices that caught the eye were Scottish rope grown mussels (when they arrived at our neighbouring table I’m sure they could have fed a party of six with no need for any more food!), and a sharing combo of chicken goujons, scampi, torpedo prawns, onion rings, calamari and filo prawns.

Obviously, fish and chips feature heavily on the main menu, and my son tackled a whopping haddock and chips.

Wholetail scampi, with homemade tartare sauce, was my wife’s choice, while I opted for cod and prawn fishcakes, which, as with most dishes, came with a side salad and choice of potatoes. The accompanying parsley sauce was a little thick for my liking, but the cakes were packed with fishy filling.

Anyone who didn’t get enough mussels in the starter could have chosen them as a main course, and they popped up as part of my daughter’s seafood linguini (pictured), which was a tasty and satisfying combination.

Normally, with a dazzling array of dessert options – five on a specials board and 10 on the menu – I wouldn’t have thought twice about ordering one ... but I’d (only just) conquered starter and main and sadly had no room left.

We did order one, though, a lemon possit whose lemony zing was overwhelmed by the summer fruits on it.

The bill for four people, including five drinks, came in at around £70, which was decent value for what was good quality food, with big portions and a wide choice.

Mention must go to the staff, in their smart black uniforms, who were exemplary, giving time to choose, with a not-very-long wait between courses, and speedily removing the finished plates.

Overall Rating: 8