One restaurant I keep hearing about is the BRITISH BOBBY in PARKSVILLE. Well, today, two good friends treated me to my first lunch at the Bobby. Supposedly, they have the best Fish & Chips in the area. Certainly makes sense for a British Restaurant. If the Brits can’t turn our superior Fish & Chips, who can?
We all ordered Cod & Chips although Halibut and Haddock are also offered The portions were acceptably large. The Cole Slaw was very good if a bit skimpy and the Tarter Sauce was really good. As to the main items, the fish was tasty but the batter was not really crispy and the chips were just regular old chips. Sadly, I was rather disappointed. This joint did not match its reputation, in my mind. In recent weeks I have enjoyed Fish & Chips at the Lantzville Pub and the White Spot. Both were superior to the British Bobby, in my opinion. No wonder the national dish of England is now Chicken Tikka Masala. The lunch menu includes Sandwiches, Bacon & Eggs. The lunch Special, One Piece Cod & Chips at $9.49 is certainly good value. For dinner an expanded menu includes burgers, and some other typical English dishes.
To be fair, the service was prompt and friendly and our server even had an English accent. Very authentic at least.
But the decor! British, indeed. Overwhelmingly tacky. Every inch of the joint is covered with things British. Pictures! Brick a Brac! Union Jacks! Racy cartoons! For me it is just too much. The decor could give you brain cramps. And it’s dark inside. It reminded me of a basement ‘rumpus room’.
If you really like a place that has lots of stuff, British stuff, you may enjoy a visit. Reportedly, they are packed on weekends and one needs a reservation. Amazing.
British Bobby is located in a strip mall that it shares with Serious Coffee on #19A in the lower East Side of PARKSVILLE. 1209 Island Highway East
You can check out the menu and some photos here: http://thebritishbobby.homestead.com