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Chippy Challenge – The Best Fish and Chips in Somerset

21 July 2017

What do you think of when you think of a British coastal summer break? Sand? Sea? Ice Cream? What about fish and chips! This traditional British delicacy is a staple of beach holidays and we like to think we’ve got some of the best fish and chips in the country here in Somerset.

Fish and Chips are a coastal staple and so good quality is vital. With so many places to choose from, we thought we'd share our favourites.

Of course, we’re huge fans of the fish and chips served at the Lakeside on-site restaurant – the Boathouse. As with all of the Boathouse menu – which includes a number of pub grub favourites – the fish and chips offers a tasty and hearty meal that’ll really get you in that holiday mood; we can’t recommend it enough! But what if you’re out and about touring the local area? Well luckily Somerset has a huge range of chip shops to choose from and we’ve selected some of our favourites below.

Winstons Fish Bar – Weston-super-Mare

There’s something special about eating great fish and chips by the sea and that’s exactly what Winstons Fish Bar offers – delicious pieces of fish with crisp batter and huge piles of chips served on the beachfront and always with a smile. The seaside food experience doesn’t stop at fish however. Winstons also offers chicken, fry-ups and other British classics all with the same quality standards as their fish dishes. Coupling seaside atmosphere with good food Winstons makes for the perfect place to indulge in this classic coastal meal.

Superchips – Burnham-On-Sea

This small fish and chip takeaway offers large steaming portions of fish and chips at low prices. Primarily a takeaway with a small seating area, Superchips offers few in the way of interior luxuries but more than makes up for it with crisp batter and mountains of chips. Superchips is a great place to nip into for a tasty takeout lunch while you explore Burnham-On-Sea.

Rob’s Fish Bar – Highbridge

Located in Highbridge, Rob’s Fish Bar is a small modern chip shop that offers a wide range of British classics from traditional Battered Cod to Pineapple Fritters. With it’s own car park and attentive and eager to please staff, Rob’s is the ideal place to collect a hot fish dinner on your way in-to or out-of Burnham-on-Sea by car.

Esplanade Fish Bar – Burnham-On-Sea

Located on Burnham’s seafront promenade the Esplande Fish Bar combines good value, tasty fish and a sea-front view. All of the classics are available (with gluten free options) at the Esplande Fish Bar as well as Burgers and Jacket Potatoes. Don’t fancy sitting inside? Then why not take a seat on the restaurants’ parade seating area or get your fish to go and sit on the beach itself? The Esplande fish bar will even deliver locally if you want a hot fish supper without leaving the comfort of your own holiday home on Lakeside Holiday Park.

Papa’s – Weston-super-Mare

Depending on who you ask, Papa’s Traditional Fish and Chips might just be the best chippy in the country, let alone just in Somerset! This award-winning restaurant has been located in Weston-super-Mare since 1966 and offers both take-away and sit-down meals – though be prepared to wait for a table if you’ve not booked, as Papa’s reputation precedes it! Papa’s offers a wide range of fresh fish cooked in the traditional chip shop style – from the huge Jumbo Cod (referred to as the Moby Dick meal) to Skate, Halibut Steak and even Cod Roe. Should you ever be hungry near Waterloo Street Papa’s Traditional Fish and Chips should be on the top of your mind.

So there you are, just some of our favourite fish and chip shops in the area that are well worth visiting during your tours of Somerset. If you’re after something other than fish and chips there are a wide range of other options available, including Lakeside’s own Boathouse, serving up delicious pub grub daily.

 

14 things to do as a couple in Somerset this summer…

01 February 2017

With Valentine’s Day almost upon it and love in the air, we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you our 14 favourite things to do as a couple – and bring a little romance into your lives…

wimbleball-lake

Have a picnic in the park – grab some strawberries, a bottle of fizz and a blanket and head to Wimbleball Lake

 

hot-air-balloon

Soar over the Somerset Levels in a couple’s hot air balloon ride

 

city-of-bath

Explore the stunning City of Bath

 

thermae-bath-spa

Relax in style in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa

 

outdoor-theatre

Take in a show at an outdoor theatre

 

sunset-burnham-lighthouse

Watch the sunset over Burnham-on-Sea

 

afternoon-tea

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with traditional English scones

 

horse-and-carriage

Go for a ride in a horse drawn carriage

 

rowing-boat

Hire a rowing boat and take to the water

 

pottery-class

Unleash your creativity with a pottery making class

 

glastonbury-abbey

Take a tour of Glastonbury Abbey

 

wine-tasting

Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting

 

murder-mystery-tour

Go on a murder mystery tour

 

art-gallery

Soak up some culture with a visit to the Victoria Art Gallery

Mendip Snow Sports in Congresbury

20 January 2015

mendip_skiingSkiing, snowboarding, tobogganing…these are the top snow sports in the world and you can get a taste of any or all of these right in Congresbury. Specifically Mendip Snowsport Centre is on the edge of the Mendip Hills. You can access it from the A38. The exit is half way between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol, just half an hour away from Lakeside Holiday Park. The Centre is located on Lyncombe Drive in Churchill.

The Mendip Snowsport Centre features a 165 metre winding dry slope which combined with the chalet style buildings and the outstanding views gives the impression of being in an alpine resort.

The slopes are open daily, all year long – except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Centre is closed those days. The slopes are floodlit so you can enjoy them until closing time which is usually 10pm weekdays and 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. The toboggan slope opens at 9am and the main slope opens at 9:30am.

You can’t ski? This is the place to learn. Mendip Snowsport offers ski lessons that will have you enjoying the slopes in no time. Maybe you can ski and just want to practice. The slope is complete with bends, moguls, bumps, jumps and quarter pipe.

Maybe you’d rather snowboard. The Centre has snowboarding lessons as well. And then there’s tobogganing. One of the more popular events is the tobogganing for kids on the brightly coloured new Zibob toboggans. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 love these toboggans and tobogganing.

Mendip Snowsport Centre is the only snow sports location centre in Somerset. Whether you want to brush up your skiing skills for yourself or are looking for a great place for a children’s birthday party, this is the place to be. It’s winter time. Revel in ideal winter sports.

You can book online or over the phone. As well as children’s parties, you can book adult parties, not-for-profit events, or relax in the après ski café bar, the Alpine Lounge. The café bar is open all day for drinks and snacks and at 4pm for a full menu meal during the week and all day on the weekend.

Retail Therapy Somerset Style

14 November 2014

shutterstock_119353828Once upon a time Cribbs Causeway was the route the Romans took from Sea Mills to Gloucester. At least that is what we hear when historic tales get told. That was then, this is now. And now Cribbs Causeway is where you will find The Mall.

From Lakeside head north along the M5 until Junction 17. Follow the signs to The Mall. Here’s a hint about the size of The Mall. It has seven thousand free car parking spaces. That’s a lot of cars but then The Mall is a really big enclosed shopping centre that has been attracting shoppers and visitors since it opened in 1998..

If you’re planning a day of retail therapy and wonder what’s the best time to head to The Mall, it’s helpful to know this important fact. The Mall is open seven days a week. It’s even open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

While the individual retailers may have their own special opening times, The Mall itself is open weekdays from 9.30am to 9.00pm. Saturdays it is open from 9.00am to 8.00pm and Sundays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. On Bank Holiday Mondays, it is open 10.00am to 6.00pm.

As noted, there is plenty of parking space available but you don’t have to get there by car. The Mall caters to all sorts of transportation possibilities. For instance, The Mall has its own bus station near the John Lewis store and it connects with local and regional bus lines. The Bristol Parkway railway station is connected to The Mall by bus and taxi services. There is a dedicated taxi rank outside Boots.

Another delightful shopping experience is the coach party. Coaches come from all over the country to The Mall. They are so popular that there is a coach park for fifty coaches near Marks and Spencer.

One of the aspects of The Mall is the thoroughness of the experience it offers its visitors and this extends to accessibility. You can come by bicycle and The Mall is ready to make your shopping easy. There are cycle tracks and bike racks.

Speaking of accessibility, The Mall offers AccessAbility. This involves wheelchairs and scooters to make getting around The Mall easy for everyone. It is on the lower level of Car park K, next to the bus station.

The how and when of getting to the Mega Cribbs Causeway Mall have been covered but what about being in The Mall? What if you get a little peckish? Not only are there 135 stores, there are 15 different eating establishments. You can stop for a full meal or a simple tea at the shop of your choice. There’s a juice bar, several coffee shops, fast food restaurants — you want it, it’s there.

As well as the extensive shopping and noshables, there are special events such as Winter Wonderland which is open until January 11, 2015. The big feature here is the 1,000 square metre outdoor rink Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, and a Christmas train ride inside The Mall.

A grand day out to Weston-Super-Mare!

08 July 2014

Enjoy-Lakeside_westonWeston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier is only 11 miles away from Lakeside Holiday Park and is open all year round (apart from Christmas Day!).

The entrance fee to the pier is £1 per person (children in pushchairs are free of charge) and if you love the thrill of the fair then you will have to buy an *Unlimited Rides Wristband, which will guarantee you continued access to a whole load of exciting rides and attractions actually located on the pier, throughout your visit. A must try is the one and only Robocoaster.

Robocoaster is Britain’s smallest rollercoaster and runs across the inside ceiling area of the Pier’s pavilion. Developed from a robotic arm, this exciting ride takes it’s 2 passengers around, up and down as well as upside down – an experience to witness let alone endure!

Other family favorites such as Go-Karts, Dodgems, Helter Skelter as well as the House of Horrors and an amazing 4D Cinema are also to-hand.

The Pavilion building also boasts function rooms, wedding venues, conference facilities and entertainment areas which are all proving to be very popular – why not check to see what’s on around the time of your visit and maybe arrange a family night out?

Meal times soon roll around and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating! If the kids want a burger, treat them in the F1 themed Pitstop Café or for something more traditional you really should try the unbeatable fish and chips at the Boardwalk Café! Other seaside treats such as fresh donuts, and ice cream can also be found at the Pier and you can’t leave without trying something sweet!

Once lunch is over, why not stop off for an hour or two at the Arcade? With a choice of over 500 machines – with games ranging from air hockey to the latest video games and from shooting galleries to dance stages, the whole family are guaranteed a chance of winning something whilst having lots of fun! If you do win something in the Arcade you will be presented with a ticket which you then have to take to the Pier’s Prize shop – here your ticket can be exchanged for a special prize!

Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier is a delightful day out which guarantees traditional family fun!

*Current price quoted is £12.50 but please be aware that this might differ subject to holiday dates etc.