on January 29, 2013
With a night time appointment at the Kielder Observatory to stargaze, we were in something of a rush for a fast food bite but in no mind to queue for a tasteless chain burger. So what to do in rural Northumberland? We could be found just before New Year’s Eve in the pretty town of Hexham, parked up and us racing up and down the High Street looking for a fish and chip bar or such like. Right at the end of our hurried search on the corner of the end of the main row of shops we thought we had hit pot luck at the Hexham Fish Bar. Unfortunately on the evening we arrived the Hexham Fish Bar was a rare beast indeed; a fish bar with no fish. Actually the reason was rather reassuring; they were shutting for a few days over New Year and they didn't want to keep fresh food until they reopened. In the right time of day and year, the Hexham fish bar offers a Greek special and fish and chips. Although we weren't in the place long, with our scampi and chips being cooked straight from the freezer it seemed obvious that the Hexham fish bar was a friendly family concern. The owners apologised for the limited menu choice and gave a cheery welcome to everyone that arrived. While the Hexham Fish Bar is modest in style (think plastic topped tables and plastic chairs) with a standard menu of the likes of fish, chicken, sausage, fish cakes and chips and the like, it is obviously well cared for and nice and clean. The bright lighting was very unforgiving so I could even inspect under tables very easily and found it all to be spick and span. I was not surprised to check on the Scores on the Doors website that the official environmental health inspectors have given the Hexham Fish Bar five stars (the best possible grade) for the standard of cleanliness. Most of the diners come in for a take away meal, but there were a few other guests still eating at the point we arrived. The cost of our full meal was roughly £5 a head for a meal including a can of soft drink pop. It's not a place that is open late into the evening and from memory it closed at 8pm each night. If you want a quick bit of tucker, cooked well in a clean environment and which doesn’t break the bank then you could do much worse than dine at the Hexham Fish Bar.
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