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May 19, 2019

Sunday Brunch: It's Fish!

Originally published 16 September 2012

Fish are friends'not food. Wait, actually' sorry, Nemo. Fish are food, and pretty darn good if you ask me. Though we won't be dining on our friends from the reef to close Finding Nemo Week, we'll be checking out one of the quick places to grab some fish at Walt Disney World. For that we must travel down the roads of Epcot towards a charming little shop straight out of a fishing hamlet on the English coastline.

Just like a coastal village, the Yorkshire County Fish Shop and adjacent outdoor seating area are right by the waters of the World Showcase lagoon. While not right on the edge, it's nestled high above a lower patio area, both offering fantastic views of World Showcase, and if you're early enough, ideal seating for the evening's Illuminations show. With only a handful of large round tables, it is a bit hard to find a seat on a busy day, though this is not always a bad thing. One night, my roommate and I dined here and a nice couple from Ohio who just moved to Florida noticed we resorted to sitting on the low wall. They invited us to sit with them at their table since it was just two of them and two of us. The kindly wife didn't stop there and proceeded to invite a small group of women from New Jersey to join us as well. Though the meal was brief, the woman's hospitality turned a potentially frustrating situation of having 'no place to sit' into a pleasant evening with complete strangers, brought together by the magical atmosphere of Epcot.

The Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the UK Pavilion at Epcot is a quick service walk-up counter serving simply battered fried fish, chips, beverages, ale, cookies, and bags of crisps. The shop is quite small, with the kitchen right by the order and pick up counter. Chances are that the fish and chips being prepared and fried before your eyes are the ones you're about to order and receive as the proximity of the kitchen makes the service quite efficient. With each order of fish and chips, you receive 2 small filets of freshly battered-and-fried fish on a bed of chips. Just like at the Rose and Crown (see my review on the August 12, 2012 article of Sunday Brunch), the fish and chips are served on 'newspaper,' a unique presentation further simulating guests' globetrotting Epcot adventure.

I was so hungry, I ate one fish before realizing I did not take a picture!

The fish is cooked quickly and arrives piping hot, with a crisp bread coating and warm, flaky fish, which I'm guessing is codfish. The chips are different and in my opinion, better than the French fries you typically see around WDW. Thickly cut and barely salted, if at all, these chips are some of the best I've found in the resort. Sometimes I just get a craving for chips, and though it is not listed on the menu, guests can indeed order just a basket of chips!

Small and quaint, simple and fresh, the Yorkshire County Fish Shop has become one of my favorite quick service locations at Epcot. Though some may complain it lacks the size and scale of most quick service restaurants at the resort, the two register counters and handful of seating controls the crowds. It also adds to the shop's charm and atmosphere, preventing a mad flurry of activity that you'll see in the larger multi-counter quick service locations of the resort. The atmosphere is pleasant, the service is efficient, and all around it is always a good experience dining here. Even on a hot day, the hot and fresh fish and chips are a great way to get a quick bite to eat and at the same time enhance your Epcot experience.



Past Sunday Brunch

     - Disney Theme Park Cookbook

     - Boardwalk's Chocolate Chip Crumbcake
     - Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza
     - Hamm Cupcakes
     - Honeydoodles
     - Kermit Cupcakes
     - Tonga Toast

Restaurant Reviews
     - 1900 Park Fare
     - 50's Prime Time
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 1)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 2)

     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 3)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 4)
     - Beaches and Cream
     - Bengal Barbecue (Disneyland)
     - Boardwalk Bakery (pre Refurbishment)

     - Boardwalk Bakery Post Refurbishment (Part 1/2)
     - Boulangerie Patisserie (France Bakery)
     - Captain Cook's (Polynesian)
     - Casey's Corner
     - Club 33

     - Columbia Harbour House
     - Coral Reef
     - Cozy Cone
     - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
     - Earl of Sandwich
     - El Pirata y el Perico
     - Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe (DCA)
     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 1)

     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 2)
     - Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
     - Golden Oak Outpost
     - Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland)
     - Katsura Grill

     - Kona Cafe
     - Kouzzina
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (more snacks!)
     - Kusafiri Bakery

     - Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation)
     - L'Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
     - Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France Pavilion)
     - Liberty Tree Tavern
     - Lotus Blossom
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks (Part 2)

     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Cones
     - 'Ohana
     - 'Ohana Revisted
     - Pepper Market (Coronado Springs)
     - Pinocchio's Village Haus

     - Pizza PlaNOT
     - Port Orleans Riverside Food Court
     - Prince Eric's Village Market
     - Rose and Crown
     - Sanaa
     - Sci-Fi Dine In

     - Tangaroa Terrace
     - Tangierene Cafe
     - Tokyo Dining
     - Trail's End
     - Tusker House
     - Tutto Gusto
     - Via Napoli
     - The Wave (Breakfast)

Tasty Treats
     - 4th of July Cupcake
     - Beignets (Port Orleans French Quarter)
     - Big Thunder Ranch dessert
     - Boardwalk Bakery Boxed Lunch
     - Caramel Apples (Karamell-Kuche)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Sleepy Hollow)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Trail's End)

     - Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad
     - Cinnamon Rolls (Main Street Bakery)
     - Crispy Cornflake French Toast (Wolfgang Puck)
     - Darth Vadar Cupcake
     - Disney Cruise Line Chocolate
     - Dole Whip
     - Dole Whips inside the Enchanted Tiki Room

     - Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
     - Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Mama Melrose)
     - Guava Cupcake
     - Holiday Cupcakes
     - Holiday Sandwich at Earl
     - Japanese Disney Snack
     - LeFou's Brew

     - Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
     - Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
     - Mexico Pavilion Tacos
     - Mickey's Magix
     - Mickey Fun Bar

     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar
     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar: Time for Seconds
     - Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Cup
     - Mickey Mouse Pretzel
     - Milkshake (Whispering Canyon)
     - Mini Corn Dogs (Casey's Corner)
     - Peanut Butter Cupcake
     - Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Pie (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - Pina Colada Bread Pudding (Disney Cruise Line)

     - Pineapple Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Quiche of the Day (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - S'mores Brownie
     - S'mores Cupcake
     - Sacristain from France
     - Sunshine Tree Terrace Cup
     - Disney Parks Shortbread Rounds

     - Summer Delight cupcake (Hollywood Studios)
     - Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
     - Teriyaki Chicken Handroll (2013 Food and Wine)
     - Marshmallow Kabob
     - Waffles around Walt Disney World
     - Yule Log (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Zebra Cupcakes and Zebra Domes

Forgotten Favorites
     - Mickey's Kitchen
     - Odyssey
     - The Odyssey of the Odyssey

Disney Food History
     - Cheshire Cafe
     - Village Fry Shoppe

Interesting Interviews
     - The World's Biggest Earl Fan?

     - Ratatouille Bonus Feature

     - Art of Animation Food Cart
     - Battle Gingerbread
     - Celebration, FL's Main Street Cafe
     - Culinary Adventures
     - Disney Mothers
     - Disney "Flower" Arrangements
     - Disneyland Popcorn Cart Avatars
     - Egg-celent adventure at Grand Floridian

     - Five Disney Restaurants
     - Pizza Planet's Easter Pineapple Coconut Cupcake
     - First French Toast ever served at Art of Animation
     - First Tonga Toast Experience
     - Food and Wine 2013
     - Food and Wine Part 1
     - Food and Wine Part 2
     - Food and Wine Part 3

     - Food and Wine Part 4
     - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
     - Halloween Snacks around Disney
     - Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat
     - Mama Melrose's Back Story
     - My Time at the Confectionary
     - Ode to Club Cool's Beverly

     - Sleepy Hollow Story
     - Snow White's Wishing Apple
     - Super Foods
     - Tales of a Magic Kingdom Nut Wagon Cast Member

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