I was last in Poole five years ago, so I wasn’t sure where to find the fish and chip takeaway, that I thought I remembered from my last visit.

Seafood takeaway on Poole Quay

I wasn’t even sure whether it was on the quayside in the harbour where we were catching the ferry to Brownsea Island for two nights camping.

Bell tents at Brownsea Island

But there is just one pukka takeaway Harlee’s, so we tried it. Only to find there is no calamari on the menu. It looked as if it was going to be a disappointment. Just another badly run chippy.

Fish and chips Poole Quay

I also forgot to order the tartar sauce and damned nearly missed the ferry. Making me as grumpy as all hell.

The best seafood on the south coast

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. The cod was as fresh as I have had and the batter nicely crisped. Nothing wrong with the chips either. So much so we delayed breakfast to do it all again on our return run. Just to make sure.

But they only open at noon and we had to leave it for the next time.

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