The Nation’s Favourite Fish and Chips Shops

The Nation’s Favourite Fish and Chips Shops

Hungry for an extra-large serving of crispy batter and salty chips? We’ve got you sorted. These are the UK’s top chippies to dig into – some old, some new; all spectacular.

something truly comforting (and incredibly British)
about munching through an extra-large portion of fish and chips:
the paper package, warm in your hands, the tickling scent of
vinegar, squirting the lemon juice – we could go on. Whether you
like to devour yours on a blustery beachside bench or nestled up on the sofa, we can all
agree that your chippie of choice plays a huge role in the taste
and quality of your supper.

With a whopping 360 million portions of fish and chips consumed
across the UK on average each year, the challenge is to secure a
meal that doesn’t disappoint – no one wants soggy batter or stodgy
potatoes. So, foodie detective hats on, salt and pepper at
the ready, we take a cross-country road trip to bring you the
must-try chippies.

Fresh fish and golden chips: where to find the UK’s best

Harbour View From Harbour Lights Chippie Falmouth


Harbour Lights

Falmouth, Cornwall

Located on the south coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is known for its maritime history,
eclectic arts scene and dynamic university population. It’s only
recently, however, that foodies have started putting it at the top
of their staycation hit list – and not least because of Arwenack
Street stalwart Harbour Lights, aka the 2019 Fish and Chip Shop of
the Year. Come for traditional-style cod and sweeping harbourside
views, but we warned: this place has an early closing time. Book a
table ahead to avoid missing out.


Arwenack St, Falmouth TR11 3LH

Pop of Poppies Fish and Chips


Poppie’s Fish and Chips

Soho, London

Any proper Londoner knows that Poppie’s is the best place in the
city to bag yourself a quality portion of fish and chips. London
lost a legendary chippie when its founder, born-and-bred Eastender
Pat “Pop” Newland, passed away recently, but his legacy lives on in
the restaurant group he founded – having worked his way all the way
up from starting out, aged 11, cutting up newspapers to wrap
takeaways in. Of the capital’s three thriving outposts – in
Soho, Camden and Spitalfields Market – the Old Compton Street
shop is our favourite. Taking inspiration from the 70s, the kitsch
decor features a Raleigh Chopper bike and a vintage jukebox. The
fish? Delivered daily from Billingsgate Market and prepared to
perfection by the talented in-house fishmonger, Salih.


55-59 Old Compton St, London W1D 6HW

Fish City Exterior Belfast


Fish City

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sustainable fishing methods are a priority at this Belfast-based
chippie, which fries up fish approved by the Marine Stewardship
Council – so no nasty Seaspiracy flashbacks. Set across two floors,
decor draws on a nautical theme: all lifebuoy-clad walls and
blue-washed panelling. Outside, you’ll find a spacious and inviting
courtyard, which makes for the perfect suntrap in the warmer
months. Serving gluten-free and veggie options, there isn’t much
this place doesn’t do, from tacos and linguine to burgers and
curry. We suggest starting with the salt-and-chilli squid, followed
by a hearty seafood chowder.


33 Ann St, Belfast BT1 4EB

Eric's Fish and Chips Norfolk


Eric’s Fish & Chips

Thornham, Norfolk

The brainchild of hotelier and chef-patron Eric Snaith, Eric’s
Fish & Chips first opened its doors in Thornham village in
2015. Its USP? Sensational homemade sauces and to-die-for
deep-fried sweet treats (think battered Oreos and Mars bars), which
have stolen the hearts of locals. After the successful opening of
two new locations, along with a wood-fired pizza restaurant, Eric’s
holds the crown for Norfolk’s best-loved hangout for top-notch
feasting. If the halloumi-and-spinach arancini is on the menu,
order it.


Drove Orchards, Thornham Rd PE36 6LS

Fish Salad by Marina


Marina Fish, Chips & More

Pembrokeshire, Wales

We’ve become a little bit obsessed with Pembrokeshire. Partly, for its coastal trails,
wildlife and golden beaches, but largely for its food culture. For
a true taste of the Welsh good life, we recommend making
Saundersfoot your base. You’ll want to make a daily pilgrimage to
Marina, on the harbour, where fresh grilled fish and crisp, salty
chips are served from noon until dark.Trying to behave yourself?
Grab a fish-stuffed salad.


The Harbour, Saundersfoot SA69 9HE

Pickle Jars at Angel Lane Chippie


Angel Lane Chippie

Penrith, Cumbria

Proof that simplicity is key, father-and-son Dave and Dan
Harding’s Angel Lane Chippie has collected 30 awards over the past
decade. Proudly housed in a building that’s been a fish house since
1928, this place is as old-school as they come. While it’s a long
way from fine dining, there’s beauty to be found in the small
details, from the pegboard menu to the sage-green facade and
shelves stacked with pickle jars. Love a good pasty? Don’t leave
without grabbing one of the flaky cheese and onion beauties. On the
move? Keep your eyes peeled for the Angel chippie van.


17 Angel Ln, Penrith CA11 7BP

Falafel Burgers by Harbourside Fish and Chips


Harbourside Fish and Chips

Plymouth, Devon

This Devonshire crowd-pleaser serves cod and haddock from
Norwegian and Icelandic waters, but also falafel burgers, jumbo
sausages and salads. On the hunt for gluten-free options? No
problem – there’s an entire dedicated menu for you. Nestled just a
stone’s throw from the harbour (the clue was in the name), these
chips are best enjoyed on the seafront.


35 Southside St, Plymouth PL1 2LE

Interior of Malt & Anchor Chippie


Malt & Anchor

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Navy banquette seating, rope-strewn ceilings and black-washed
brick walls make for a stylish dining experience at Malt &
Anchor. Diners can expect all the comfort of a traditional menu,
but with a contemporary twist, with panko-coated calamari and
boutique beers having fast made this place a Cotswolds landmark.
For a laid-back lunch (and to avoid the evening rush hour), visit
for 1pm. Afterwards, take a wander around the town of Cirencester, a
historic market town packed with independent shops and


4 Castle St, Cirencester GL7 1QA

Seafood Platter by Seafresh Chip Shop



Victoria, London

Date night? This is where to go. Frying and grilling since 1961,
Seafresh is loved for its platters of Canadian lobster, seafood
chowder and steamed mussels. We suggest ordering the seafood heaven
option, designed to be shared between two. A divine assortment of
scallops, mussels, squid and king prawns, its title is well-earned.
If you’re not one for sharing, fear not: there are plenty of other
piled-high plates to choose from.


80-81 Wilton Rd, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, London SW1V 1DL

Fish and Chips by Quayside


The Quayside Gourdon Restaurant & Fish Bar

Montrose, Aberdeenshire

As the saying goes, “to taste proper seafood you have to be
beside the sea”, and this North Sea set-up is a case in point. With
just 52 seats, the quayside restaurant makes for an intimate
affair. As much as we love the bright and airy interiors, though,
there’s nothing better than eating fish and chips straight out of
the paper wrapping. Collect the goods and make a beeline for the
nearby harbour walls and breathe in lungfuls of the refreshing,
salty air as you feast.


West Quay, Gourdon, Montrose DD10 0JZ

Banker's Fish and Chips Brighton Seafront


Bankers Fish & Chips

Brighton, East Sussex

Have you even been to Brighton without scoffing fish and chips? The short
answer would be no, the longer answer, we’d assume, includes a
squawking seagull or two. Bankers’ three stores might not be the
most design-driven of destinations, but their Iceland-sourced fish
and British-grown potatoes have seen them rule the Sussex
fish-and-chips scene for 90 years. We’ll be heading for the Hove
branch, and our order? The saveloy and chips, with an extra-large
serving of mushy peas – obviously.


116A Western Rd, Hove, Brighton BN1 2AB

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