Captain Hank’s Snack & Crab Shack

“People say the nicest things. One person said that they hadn’t felt like their honeymoon had begun until they sat here with some food looking across the harbour…” ~ and with that, let us introduce you to Captain Hank’s Crab & Snack Shack in Fowey.

As one of the first retailers you see on entrance to the town (via Passage Street), Captain Hank’s is an instantly attractive seafood pit-stop. With wistful illustrations of seafood framing the old-school van and an enviable view across the beautiful Fowey estuary, it’s impossible not to have a peruse of the menu.

The owner, Holly Foster, built her business on giving back to the local community with nearly all of the produce sourced directly from local fishermen and producers in Cornwall.

“I use Fowey shellfish, so we’ll always have Fowey scallops when they’re available” she told us, “I get lobsters from a local fisherman, but otherwise the big wholesalers I use are based down in Newlyn. For crab I use The Real Cornish Crab Company, because they are so reliable, the product is amazing and picked a few hours before it’s delivered!”

Until opening Captain Hank’s, Holly worked in hospitality in various locations across the UK and Europe so it’s no wonder that she cares deeply about the customer experience at her restaurant. She often receives glowing reviews about her food and customer visits.

“I usually feel unworthy of those sorts of compliments, because it’s just lunch! But I know a good dining experience does make an impact if you can get the whole setting right, particularly when sharing it with loved ones.”

On the menu over summer you can find Cornish crab, monkfish, Fowey scallops, lobster and more, depending on the local catch. If visiting, Holly recommends giving the cuttlefish a try if it’s on the menu. She told us it’s yet to resonate with the crowds, but “it’s totally delicious” and a fantastic local alternative to squid!

This seafood spot can be found opposite another Seafood Cornwall favourite, North Street Kitchen, so you’ve either got a tricky decision to make, or a LOT of seafood to eat.

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