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Seaside town with chip shop so posh ketchup costs £2 – and visitors are fuming

A famous chef’s restaurant has been slammed for “disappointing” price charges on condiments which it has blamed on “skyrocketing costs”.

Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips, in Padstow, Cornwall, has been a mecca for foodies since it opened in 2004 attracting holidaymakers and day trippers alike.

But a price increase on flavourings such as tomato ketchup, Goan curry sauce, mango chutney and raita and mayonnaise has left some customers with a sour taste in the mouth.

The price for the flavoursome additions is £1.75 a pot if the diner decides to take away, but 25p is added if the customer wants to eat in.

A takeaway cod and chips at the restaurant costs £14.90 and sea bass and chips is £16.90.

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The Times reports one visitor said it was a “disappointment” to be charged nearly £2 for condiments on top of the price of their fish supper.

The disgruntled reviewer wrote on TripAdvisor: “Having had excellent takeaway from here last year, we decided to treat some visiting friends to fish and chips in the restaurant, we were so disappointed.

“On top of the £16 for cod and chips, you were expected to pay an additional £2 for condiments such as tartare sauce or mayo.”

Another customer posted: “When we paid the bill we discovered that the tiny pot of mushy peas was £2 extra, as was the tartar sauce, as was the curry sauce. Unfortunately I don’t think we will be returning!”

The restaurant said all the sauces are homemade at the restaurant from “Rick Stein’s special recipes” and that costs had been “skyrocketing”.

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A spokeswoman for Stein told The Times: “Our homemade condiments using Rick Stein’s special recipes are prepared in Padstow by our team of chefs. Food inflation, energy costs, along with rising wages, has driven up the cost of production significantly.

“We have held our condiment prices since 2020, but with skyrocketing costs, we have reluctantly, along with many others, had to pass on some of the costs to our customers.”

Elsewhere in Padstow, Rick Stein opened his harbour-side bistro, The Seafood Restaurant, with his first wife Jill in 1975. This still remains open today and also boasts rooms as well as a cookery school.

Rick now splits his time between Australia and Padstow, with a restaurant also open in Bannisters at Mollymook, a town located on the south coast of New South Wales.

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