Who’s who: celebrity spotting and summer reminiscing

Posted by thewinkingprawn on November 15, 2017

After what turned out to be one of our busiest summers to date, the Winking Prawn has had some surprise visitors and made some guest appearances of its own in recent months.


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With our busiest day serving 120 breakfasts, 378 lunches, 228 barbecues and 112 dinners as well as an immeasurable number of teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams, our 20th year at The Winking Prawn has been another happy one.  Lots of laughter and happy faces, plenty of sunshine and positive feedback has been mirrored across all the venues in the group all the way to the Cracking Crab in Polzeath.   


Celebrity guests 


It was a great joy to see everyone having a wonderful time at The Winking Prawn this summer, but a few faces caused a bit more of a stir than others.  Chris Evans dined out with his family at The Cracking Crab between surf lessons, David Cameron tucked into dinner while SamCam got into the spirit of things with the dressing up box.


Meanwhile, Australian professional rugby union coach and former player Eddie Jones joined us for a fish supper while sports commentator Steve Rider enjoyed a barbecue in the garden.  Jenny Bond always brings a spot of elegance to a Winking Prawn lunch, actor Daniel Mays relaxed in the gardens and Tipping Point’s Ben Shepherd caused a stir on the beach with the kids! 


Winking Prawn guest appearances


On another note, we have been blessed with some lovely reviews and mentions this summer in publications including Devon Life, The Times and The Telegraph - to name a few.


The Telegraph named us in their 20 best beachside spots for fresh seafood, saying: “the summer BBQ is a thing of wonder, where you can enjoy al fresco flamed prawns, mackerel and Cajun salmon as the sun sets.”




The Times included us in their feature The best places to live by the sea...




And Devon Life said: “Every year the memories that this place holds swell, almost tangible as you walk around.  A quick glance at their Facebook page and you will see stories of people who don't simply visit because of the service and the food, but because they feel like part of the family, and it’s a sentiment that Mark and Jane return.  'Our son took his first steps there - he’s 20 now and we still return every year with him,' says one; 'we’ve been coming since you opened!  Love it!' says another.  More importantly, the positivity is in the vernacular of almost anyone you speak to as well.”