The fillet of hake was ale battered and deep fried to crispy, flaky perfection and served with a side of mushy peas that were a lot more appetizing than the name seems to imply. A cup of tartar sauce was also on hand for dipping. Additionally, our first mugs of mulled wine did not disappoint. They were warm and soothing with sugar and spice infusions of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
The royal sights and regal buildings are matched with an energetic spirit and unique embrace. On the whole, classic elegance is balanced with staple comforts. It's a European city distinctly different than any I've ever traveled and it absolutely holds a special place.