We found this coupon in "The Buzz" coupon book for Royal Guard Fish and Chips. The reviews I found on Google were kinda strange. Seemed like one might have been fake. Not so sure. But we had a coupon!
We got in the car and drove down there. I recognized the place from seeing it before. The parking lot is really strange as there is another restaurant in the same building sharing the same lot. The side door where we entered was really scary looking. I let my wife and kids go in first.
The place was empty, but we were a little early - 5pm. It's really strange to walk into an empty restaurant. We ordered 2 fish and chips and 2 kids fish and chips. We got bottled drinks. The food was put on trays for us to carry to the tables. We had our choice of table so we sat in the corner.
The fries were packaged food service fare. (Sigh - will anyone cut up potatoes for us?) I saw them dump them out of a brown paper freezer bag into the fryer when they started our order. There were thin, small and greasy. Not what I'd expect for a proper English chip. No salt.
There were three people working behind the counter. I wondered how they paid the bills. But soon other customers arrived. One other couple sat down and ate. Seemed like a lot of people ordered take out.
We used our $3 coupon at the end and left a $5 tip. Not sure if we were supposed to clear our table, but we did not. The place seemed sorta fast-food like - but it seemed like there were enough people working there and not enough customers that they could have brought out the food for us. It was like it didn't need to be fast-food like but was anyway. I was confused.
I can't really complain about the meal but not sure we'd make a special trip there again. The fish was cooked well, but nothing proved to me that the fish was fresh. Maybe I should have been like a real foodie and asked. I was still a little scared by the place but might be from watching too much Gordon's Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America.
My kids love fish and chips and I do too, but I'm not sure how a restaurant that specialized in fish and chips survives in a place like Stamford. It seems like there's not enough market for it. I'm also unsure where people get fish - hopefully not from the polluted waters off our shores.
This place was ok but would love it if people would take the time to maybe explain where they get their fish or brag about how fresh it is - and maybe cut some fries from potatoes.