Meet Rick Toogood of Prawn on the Lawn, winner of the award for Best Trencherman’s Restaurant at the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards 2023
Award won: Best Trencherman’s Restaurant
Sponsored by: Dole
Owner Rick Toogood said: ‘This is like a massive present for our ten-year anniversary. We started from very little and built it up to this. It’s taken a lot of hard work from me and Katie, our head chef Eddie, general manager Johnny, and of course the team.
‘This is the first year that we’ve been involved in the Trencherman’s Guide, and it’s awesome. We’re all part of a massive industry that employs a huge number of people, and it’s an immensely positive thing to all get together under one roof.’
The Trencherman’s Awards in three words: ‘Pretty f**king amazing!’
Prawn on the Lawn’s roots go back to 2013 when it was set up as a tiny fishmonger and seafood bar in Islington. The original venue proved a such a hit that founders Rick and Katie Toogood decided to open a bijou seafood bar in Padstow – the source of their impeccable produce – and it’s since grown to become one of Cornwall’s most notable seafood restaurants.
Menus are dictated daily by what the fishermen have landed, so each visit is unique. Former head chef Eddie Thomson has moved up the road to sister restaurant Barnaby’s, and James Lean now heads up the kitchen at Prawn on the Lawn. He works closely with Rick to source sustainable fish and shellfish species, and supplements the day’s catch with hyper‑fresh veg from Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden.
Delicious dishes like hake with truffle oil, parmesan, cauliflower and porcini crumb; monkfish with North African marinade and herb salad; and lemon sole with ‘nduja and tarragon are accompanied by local wines from Trevibban Mill (a mere stone’s throw away) and Padstow Brewing Company beers.
The restaurant is small, so the team host summer residencies at other local venues. Previous pop‑ups have included Barnaby’s at Trevibban Mill (now a permanent venue) and Prawn on the Farm at Trerethern Farm.
Want to discover more fabulous places to eat across the South West? Pick up a copy of the 31st edition of the Trencherman’s Guide here.
The Trencherman’s Awards evening was supported by: