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Started by ReverendBlueJeans on Jun 19, 2022 10:00:58 PM
Thread to celebrate chippies, fish suppers and all who sail in them...

Assumed there would be a chip shop thread. Looked for it. Couldn't find it. So here it is.

Talk chippies. Talk chips. Talk yummy battered fried fish. And other stuff.

dominoboy - 19 Jun 2022 22:03:42 (#1 of 79)

Yet to partake since returning. It’ll either be haggis or sausage supper. With vinegar.

ReverendBlueJeans - 19 Jun 2022 22:04:46 (#2 of 79)

Wanted to report on a deeply spiritual experience. Mrs Bluejeans and I are in the East Neuk of Fife and have just dined in the sit-in area of the Anstruther Fish Bar, a multi-award-winning establishment.

In truth, the chips were perhaps 8/10. But the deepfried battered lemon sole was something from another dimension that made me re-evaluate my life and my place in the universe.

And it's a fruit portion.

Tadagee - 19 Jun 2022 22:10:12 (#3 of 79)

Best fish and chips I ever had was in New Zealand on the South Island near Christchurch.

That is my positive fish and chip experience story.

Grazioli09 - 19 Jun 2022 22:18:09 (#4 of 79)

Best fish and chips I ever had was in New Zealand on the South Island near Christchurch.

Nori's in Oban for me,

ReverendBlueJeans - 19 Jun 2022 22:19:03 (#5 of 79)

#3 Name of the outlet would be nice..

Tadagee - 19 Jun 2022 22:22:08 (#6 of 79)

Can't remember. But it was great.

mingmong - 19 Jun 2022 22:32:26 (#7 of 79)

A fish supper with an old business partner and drinking buddy on the seafront at Penarth last Thursday. The sound of kids playing on the beach and seagulls mewing.

JohnIlly - 19 Jun 2022 21:41:05 (#8 of 79)

Can't remember.

Surely you don't expect us to go to Christchurch and search the area for this chippy-with-no-name?

Verdigris - 19 Jun 2022 21:43:14 (#9 of 79)

The week I retired from work I decided to treat myself to a fish luncheon. I went to an establishment, in Tiverton (currently in the news!), that I had eyed somewhat suspiciously trading under the title of The Great British Takeaway. I unimaginatively ordered cod and chips and was somewhat surprised to be asked to part with £7-something (this was nearly 2 years ago and I hadn't bought fish'n'chips out for for several years) and hoped for the best.

And it was the best. Better than Rick Stein's, with the added bonus that I didn't get excruciating belly-ache an hour or so later.

YogiMeerfield - 19 Jun 2022 21:44:14 (#10 of 79)

It's probably been renamed Frodo's Fish & Chips.

ReverendBlueJeans - 19 Jun 2022 22:44:52 (#11 of 79)

- Now look here, kiwi local, I have come halfway round the world to experience this chippie. Can you direct me to it?

- Not really mate. It closed down last year. But there's a Subway in the High Street...

indlovubill - 19 Jun 2022 22:46:56 (#12 of 79)

And it was the best. Better than Rick Stein's, with the added bonus that I didn't get excruciating belly-ache an hour or so later.

No doubt fried in dripping, as fish and chips should be.

BBBilly - 19 Jun 2022 21:49:38 (#13 of 79)

Faulkners in Kingsland Road, east London. I haven't been back there for years, but their skate and chips was a thing of beauty.

FGBFGB - 19 Jun 2022 21:58:48 (#14 of 79)

Battered banana blossom gives the full fish experience* without harming our finny friends, and can be got from Laura's Fish Bar on Station Road, Whitley Bay, among other places.

  • after a fashion

Tomnoddy - 19 Jun 2022 21:59:40 (#15 of 79)

Oh, for a mince pie supper... Deep fried Scotch pie, absolutely makes me go weak at the knees to think of it.

Antimatter - 19 Jun 2022 23:01:13 (#16 of 79)

So, the nearest, is Richard's at Covehead harbour. Fresh haddock in a thin scrunchy batter made with potato flakes. Very munchable, the tartare is homemade as is the coleslaw and the fries are always really tasty, Island style, skin on. Rick's at St Peter's Bay, gives me the option of cod (Which as a soft southerner I prefer) and has a traditional English style batter, fries are just OK. When in season, I also have the option of Halibut which I love. Water Street Fish and Chips are good, large portion, fries are a B+ but I have the option of haddock, cod, halibut or mahi mahi which adds to the variety. The mahi mahi is very good but their mushy peas are rubbish. Churchills serves up two whacking great portions of haddock with traditional English style batter, fries are good, but they do fall down a bit on the tartare and mushy peas. Overall it is Richard's at Covehead for the win, but he is only seasonal, year round my vote would probably go to Churchills.

waxwing - 19 Jun 2022 23:02:12 (#17 of 79)

Norries in Oban is great.

Maggies in Hastings and VC Jones in Whitstable are both worth a visit, although it's been a while.

Our local chippy is pretty good when the stars align, but they have an occasional tendency to underfry. I can just about tolerate this for chips, less so when the fish batter is still slightly raw.

browserbutton - 20 Jun 2022 09:21:58 (#18 of 79)

I've never tried a battered banana blossom. Do they taste at all fishy?

Catspyjamas17 - 20 Jun 2022 09:48:14 (#19 of 79)

Hastings chippies are just about ok, I've tried nearly all of them- no guarantee that the fish is any fresher than anywhere else though IMO. The fresh fish shops are very good as are some restaurants.

Best really traditional one I've been to recently is The Chip Box in Furness Vale. Anywhere above the beef dripping cut off line is better for chips IMO (about Stoke on Trent, possibly Birmingham). They do smacks (potato scallops) which to me are as madeleines were to Proust.

Well below the vegetable oil border, Tom Bell in Sevenoaks is very good. Fish better than Hastings IMO (it's only an hour from Hastings anyway). And massive. Not cheap but serves two, and chip portions very generous. Also good mushy peas and curry sauce, and service is quick and efficient.

TheExcession - 20 Jun 2022 09:56:26 (#20 of 79)

Bizzie Lizzie's in Skipton are excellent fish and chips. A close second is Catch (formerly Graveley's) in Harrogate. The restautant of the latter has been a bit hipsterised recently but the food is still great.

I don't think there's a middle ground with fish and chips. They're either delicious or terrible, and they MUST be fried in beef dripping and none of this 'leaving the skin on' business.

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