THE replica of the historic Golden Hind was turned into the weirdest chippy in town when TV chef Heston Blumenthal took it over for the day.
Sir Francis Drake may be spinning in his grave at the thought of the great British fish and chips dish being 'deconstructed' by the eccentric chef.
But that's exactly what happened when Heston filmed his latest fantastical food series onboard the Brixham-based ship.
There was no mistaking Heston's wacky touch as the ship was bedecked with a great monstrous animatronics fish with big serrated teeth and bulbous bulging eyes, a chippy counter and menu board offering all sorts of strange treats.
There was smoke and pyrotechnics and plenty of crew members setting up shots and filming Heston in action.
Heston said: "It's my second time in Brixham. I absolutely love it."
Golden Hind owner Simon Read said having the TV chef on board his boat for the two-day shoot was a great honour and a brilliant boost for Brixham.
He said: "I received a call from his production company. They came to do some recce and fell in love with the Golden Hind. "They completely transformed the ship into a weird fish and chips shop."
Mr Read said he tried one of Heston 'deconstructed' fish and chips creations, a mixture of fish and pea inside a biscuit-like chip with mushy peas sorbet.
He said: "It's delicious but quite different."
The Michelin-starred chef was in the port for his Channel 4 series Heston's Fantastical Food which is to focus on the dishes which built Britain.
Two filming crews with four cameras took over the Brixham tourist site.
'Heston's Crew' were buzzing about the harbour side, filming on board the Golden Hind and going to and from the Old Market House fish restaurant nearby where Heston's people used the kitchen to prep the food.
General manager Rhys Heavens said: "We allowed them to use our kitchen to prep their food. Heston and the crew have been having lunch with us and also had a dinner buffet for 25 people.
"Heston had a crab salad without the bread and the friends who had lunch with him had Brixham fish and Dartmouth crab. They really enjoyed it.
"He's not the first celebrity we've had here but I'm over the moon he came here."
Heston also tried the food at the Michelin-star restaurant, Elephant, across in Torquay where he enjoyed local dishes of Brixham hake, Galmpton mussels and Paignton crab.
Brixham and Torbay councillor Mike Morey said: "Having Heston in Brixham is good for the town. It gives Brixham a high profile and will hopefully attract even more visitors."