It’s official, no other country batters cod, fries potatoes, and mushes peas quite like the Brits. Yep, according to global travellers these are the best places to get your fix of fish and chips, and they’re all in the UK.*
Grimsby in Lincolnshire, England
Grimsby, the northern port in love with fish and chips
The northern port town of Grimsby has a long history and is very proud of its reputation for fish and chips, launching a 2017 social media campaign to find the best chip shop in town. #IAMGRIMSBY attracted thousands of votes and much impassioned online debate, with Steels Corner House emerging as the local favourite.
At this family-run business you’ll find handcut chips and fresh, deep-fried haddock – a novel twist on the traditional cod. Arlana Guest House is only a short walk from these award-winning, mouth-watering chip shops.
Anstruther in Fife, Scotland
The British royal family's favourite fish and chip shop
Favoured by locals, visitors and even the British royal family, the Anstruther Fish Bar is so famous it even has its own wikipedia page. Slightly bigger than your average fish and chip shop, the Fish bar can seat 52 diners and has its own ice cream parlour.
Anstruther is a Scottish town that overlooks the Firth of Forth and people travel from all over Fife to try the Anstruther Fish Bar’s lemon sole. If you’re looking for somewhere to sleep it off, The Bank also overlooks the Firth of Forth and is only 6 minutes’ walk from the beach.
Whitby in North Yorkshire, England
Make sure to try the famous Whitby kippers
Whitby is a typical Yorkshire seaside town, with its historic cobbled streets, Abbey, and brightly-painted fish and chip shops scattered along the coast. While the town’s restaurants do all kinds of seafood, Whitby is famous for kippers. You can visit the smokery next to the Abbey or try a more traditional version at one of the many town fish bars.
The Magpie Café is especially popular, with queues reaching out of the door. Many visitors take a hike up the 199 steps leading from the town to the Abbey overlooking Whitby. Cobbleview Rooms overlook the Abbey and are a short walk to The Magpie Café.
Aldeburgh in Suffolk, England
Aldeburgh is a favourite with celebrity chef Rick Stein
Another town to have attracted international attention for its fish and chips, Aldeburgh is a favourite with celebrity chef Rick Stein. This small Suffolk town overlooks the North sea and so visitors are guaranteed the freshest, crispiest cod.
The Aldeburgh Fish and Chips has been run for 50 years by the same family and they delight in still providing all the traditional favourites like pickled eggs and battered sausages, alongside more unusual morsels like pineapple fritters and fried rock eel.
For a clifftop view of the town, check into The Brudenell; the climb will give you enough of an appetite to go back for a second helping.
Hastings in East Sussex, England
Hastings, where the catch of the day is always frech and usually deep-fried
Hastings was once the battle ground for one of England’s most important battles, but today the biggest conflict visitors will experience is whether to have an extra pickled egg with their award-winning fish and chips.
The beautiful old town sits opposite the 600-acre Hastings Country Park, giving you plenty of scenery to admire while you eat. And as the town has England’s largest fishing fleet, the catch of the day is always fresh (and usually deep-fried).
If all that good food has made you thirsty, check into the Victorian Hastings House for a traditional cup of English tea.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top destinations endorsed for ‘fish and chips’ by travellers.