That British classic, fish ‘n’ chips, is one of the nation’s favourite takeaways: crispy batter, succulent fish and tangy salt and vinegar… Now you’re feeling hungry, here are 12 fantastic UK fish ‘n’ chips shops that are well-kept secrets.
Right in the heart of Fulham is Baileys Fish & Chips, and it’s buzzing with business; their lunchtime promotion of cod and chips for £5.65 is just the job for hungry Londoners.
Don’t fancy the traditional cod or haddock? Owners Alison and Alan offer a varied menu including Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, so there’s sure to be something to get your mouth watering. A keen TripAdvisor reviewer says you can tell how good it is “with people waiting for their orders out on the street”.
“Batter was light and crisp all the way through, chips golden brown & also crispy”: that’s the verdict on the quality of Banny’s fish and chips. The founders are dedicated to putting proper fish and chips back on the menu and even offer a gluten-free option. They’ve also opened a Drive Thru in Burnley to go along with their restaurant and takeaway in Colne, making it even faster to get your fish ‘n’ chip fix.
Bardsley’s was established in 1926 and has continued as a family-run business ever since. Not only does this eat-in restaurant and takeaway have four generations of fish-frying heritage, it is also committed to using fish from sustainable stocks, so we can enjoy them well into the future. The TripAdvisor community agrees with one reviewer saying Bardsley’s was “an excellent fish and chip meal served with a smile”.
This is certainly more than your average fish and chip shop. As well as the takeaway, which provides everything you’d expect, Benny T’s restaurant serves calamari, lemon sole and even langoustine.
They source their produce locally, so diners know they’re eating the freshest fish and supporting Scotland’s regional industries at the same time. Benny T’s is also family-friendly, offering a varied and crowd-pleasing children’s menu.
Fish and chip shops that open at 7.30am to provide breakfast to Belfast’s busy people are few and far between, but that’s the approach at Browns. The takeaway menu spoils you for choice with everything from the favourite fish supper to southern fried chicken. Fancy a lunchtime treat? Try their American style baguettes filled with succulent steak (smothered in garlic butter, of course).
A warm welcome awaits you at Carlo’s, where family is all-important and their mission is “to provide top quality food quickly and effishiently” (sorry, but I couldn’t resist including the pun). They only use wild fish from sustainable sources and handcraft their fishcakes on site using four generations’ of fish and chips skill. You can even book Carlo’s as a party venue.
Aside from the “magic” of their friendly staff, Chez Fred has a fun-filled approach to their food: “The Sprat Pack” is their kids’ restaurant with a specially designed menu to keep the young ones happy.
They also use sustainable fish, whether it’s in their Lunchtime Special or their freshly landed catch of the day. Anticipation is building for the big reveal of their newly refurbished premises, opening in early December. So get yourself down there to be first in the queue.
Enoch’s was established by a Welsh fish merchant in 1969 and the original site in Llandudno is now an institution amongst locals. This year they’ve expanded with a new location in Valley, Anglesey. They also use a heart-healthy oil, low in saturated fat and high in Omega 9. One enthusiastic TripAdvisor reviewer says, “The fluffiest chips, the flakiest fish. Lightest batter… Gobsmacked”. So go on: treat yourself.
When Billy Drew opened Golden Union in 2008, he aimed to “create an authentic-feeling British chippy with a modern twist”. Has he succeeded? The place receives rave reviews but the only way to find out properly is to try it yourself.
They use sustainably sourced fish from British ports like Peterhead, Grimsby and Newlyn, and they’ve perfected their crispy beer batter over the years to create something quite special.
This Bristol-based chip shop brings its customers Britain’s best ingredients: fish and potatoes from UK suppliers, handmade beef and vegetable pasties from Devon, burgers and buns from local Bristol firms. Their unique blend of frying oils has been developed and handed down the generations since 1958. One reviewer says Pisces is “definitely the best fish and chip shop I have been to”.
The Thompsons are a family of fishermen who have been providing York with the finest fish and chips since 1876. The current site has been in operation since 2003 and welcomes all fish and chip fans from families to large coach parties. You can expect far more than your run-of-the-mill fish and chips though… The menu at Thompsons includes Scottish mussels, calamari and many more tempting types of seafood.
Since it appeared in 1865, this fish and chip shop has become a local Sheffield landmark. Even the name developed as a way for locals to distinguish the shop from its rival across the road, by referring to the two steps up to the door.
The Two Steps team are passionate about preserving Yorkshire food traditions, so stop by for fish, chips, rissoles, pies and their famous buttered breadcakes. As one TripAdvisor reviewer says, it’s “never a let down”.
*All quotes are taken from genuine traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.