Prawn on the Lawn Padstow

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Having set up Prawn on the Lawn in London N1, owners Rick and Katie Toogood next decamped to Padstow to open a Cornish branch of their neat little outfit – a nifty combination of a traditional fishmongers with an on-trend seafood bar.

Like the original, this place keeps it simple with slate floors, tiles, stools by the counter and a big oak barrel in the middle of the room if you fancy standing to enjoy a couple of plates and a few cold beers. Oysters and splendid seafood platters on ice are the fixtures (with hunks of home-baked soda bread), but it’s also worth checking the blackboard for the day’s small plates which are dictated by whatever their suppliers catch at sea – perhaps whole Padstow brown crab or a platter packed with mussels, cocktails, clams, langoustines and more treasures from the surrounding coastal areas. There might also be a hot dish such as whole crispy Red Mullet cooked over coals and simply served with lemon and olive oil, sweet scallops in a fragrant Thai marinade or ray wing with olives and chilli for those who need some fire in their bellies. Wines are thoughtfully chosen and be sure to try the Bloody Marys if you’re nursing a slightly sore head from the night before (or even if you’re not), they’re wonderfully savoury and nearly a meal in themselves.

Service is fast-paced but friendly, with staff knowing their stuff on all things seafood. Despite its casual set-up you are able to book, which might be music to London-living diners, but they have table turnaround times. For a table of four they require your spot back within two hours, going up to two and a half hours for a table of six.

For a last word on this restaurant’s feel-good-factor, while dining here you’ll be asked to pay a discretionary £1 donation to the National Lobster Hatchery, who work on marine conservation.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Fun, Lively
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining
Special Features
Counter dining
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for Prawn on the Lawn Padstow

11 Duke Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AB

01841 532223


Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-00:00
Wed 10:00-00:00
Thu 10:00-00:00
Fri 10:00-00:00
Sat 10:00-00:00
Sun 10:00-00:00

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Totally unreasonable
12 September 2020  

Made a reservation to include guests, one became ill overnight. Rang at 9am to change reservation to the following week and was told they were totally booked up. Despite this they insisted on taking a £25 per head cancellation fee. I asked whether that was reasonable given the circumstances and with so many people around it was highly likely they would take a booking for our table before 1pm. The girl on the phone just didn't want to understand our predicament. Having heard of this happening before to other people, just make sure none of your party become unwell!!

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