Rick Stein has sparked diners’ fury by upping the cost of condiments at his Cornwall fish and chip shop to a staggering £2 each.
Telly star Rick whacks on charges for mayonnaise and tartare sauce to shocked customers’ bills.
Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow, Cornwall, charges £1.75 for extras if punters takeaway, but £2 if they eat in.
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The sky-high charge comes despite the fact that takeaway cod and chips there now costs £14.90 and sea bass and chips £16.90.
It means that a traditional cod and chips with a side of mayo and mushy peas would set diners back an eye-watering £18.40 – and if they ate in it would be even more.
One visitor described it as a “disappointment” to have to pay for extras, saying on TripAdvisor: “Having had excellent take away 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 said: “I was quite excited to be eating at Rick Stein’s Fish & chip shop so wasn’t surprised that it was going to be expensive fish and chips but as long as I perceive value I don’t mind the cost.
“However £35 for haddock & chips was fairly expensive. The cost isn’t really the main course but in the extras and condiments.”
One added: “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!”
And another fumed: “Let down by….having to pay £2 for the tiniest pot of mushy peas believable.”
Rick’s fish and chip shop in Padstow is split into two with diners able to grab a takeaway or sit in and eat in a dining area.
The joint is so popular that long queues form almost every time it is open.
For those taking away, gravy, tartare sauce, mayonnaise, aioli, mushy peas, goan curry sauce, mango chutney and raita – made of mint and yoghurt – are all £1.75.
But 25p is added if they choose to sit down.
The sauces come in paper ramekins that measure about 1.5ins by 1.5ins.
The 76-year-old chef’s many businesses in Padstow have led to the area being renamed Padstein.
He owns The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Cafe, Stein’s Fish & Chips, the Seafood Bar and Fishmongers and Ruby’s Bar, all in the fishing port.
He also owns the nearby Cornish Arms and Stein’s Gift Shop, a shop selling cookery equipment and knick-knacks.
Rick Stein was contacted for comment but did not respond.
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