Payne’s – Home of Traditional British Fish n’ Chips!
This very unassuming restaurant is tucked behind a small strip mall off I69 at the Gas City exit. When Payne’s first opened they prepared custard and coffee. As time went on, they evolved and added sandwiches and other items to compete with local establishments. Payne’s currently offers a full menu with wine and beer as well. I’m not sure why I haven’t eaten here sooner. I’ve heard wonderful things and it’s not that far from where I live.
Menus are provided in old books and the decoupage table tops match the eclectic lighting and décor. They have been expanding inside and out to accommodate the growing numbers of patrons. In the summer they grow their own herbs and vegetables for their dishes. They brought us a black bean dip and chips to nibble on while we waited.
The owner, Steve, is Scottish and his heritage comes through in dishes like Bangers and Mash.–traditional British Sausage, rutabaga/potato mash and sweet Scrumpy’s onion gravy. The Fish and Chips are the signature dish. We ordered both of these dishes. He makes the “Bangers” himself. Bangers are what we call brats in America. The cod is hand battered as well. I saw some interesting sandwiches and soups I’ll have to try next time.
I started my meal with an Imperial Stout. Fattoush or Soup comes with the entrees so we tried Potato and Onion and Cock-A-Leekie Soup. The latter is a Scottish classic dating from 1598, made with leeks, prunes and chicken. It tastes better than it sounds. Trust me. The portions are generous and we couldn’t finish our meals. I recommend splitting this one if you aren’t used to large meals.
Most menus have an appetizer sampler but Payne’s has a dessert sampler called a Taste Plate. I love this idea!
I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it. On a cold night this comfort food hits the spot. If you are interested in checking them out you can find them with the information below.
4925 Kaybee Dr. Gas City, IN 46933