SquareMeal Review of
Rick Stein Barnes
Despite being synonymous with Padstow, the home of his most prestigious restaurants, Rick Stein has expanded his empire far beyond Cornwall, to venues including Winchester, Marlborough and even Barnes, plus enviable coastal settings across the south west. Each restaurant offers something different, but anyone dining à la Stein can expect to find fish and seafood centre-stage, with signatures such as his Dover sole à la meunière, and seaside classics such as proper fish and chips alongside more exotic dishes inspired by the chef’s TV travels. There are exceptions: further inland and at pub-style venues, Sunday lunches and meaty game dishes get the Stein treatment. At everywhere bar the flagship Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, the vibe is casual and convivial – in general, you can turn up unannounced with your dog or kids and still receive a warm welcome from seasoned staff.