Fish & Chips are a staple of English gastronomy. What is interesting about this particular combination is that it’s an amalgam of cultures that have crossed English shores in the last few centuries.
The concept of fried fish was first brought to England by Spanish Jews in the form of Pescado frito and then in 1860 the first fish and chip shop was opened by a man named Joseph Malin who sold it as “fish fried in the Jewish Fashion.”
Throw in some chips, and there you have it. Recently Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Devon claimed the top spot as the best chippy in Britain and may even score a Michelin Star.
In that spirit, we’ve found five of the best fish and chip shops in England for 2017. Based on the finalists of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.
Location: 9 Vine Parade, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9HA,
Speciality: All of their chips are peeled and chipped fresh each morning with a fancy wet fish display where they’ll fry the fish right in front of you.
Location: 41 High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SD
Speciality: They offer ‘Battered Halloumi’ if you’re not in the fishy mood.
Location: 140 Hagley Road, Dudley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 2JD
Speciality: They keep it traditional with Chip Baps, Tinned Roe and Cockles.
Location: 55 The Village, Haxby, North Yorkshire, YO32 2JE
Speciality: Quorn Battered Sausage, Spam Fritter and Salt & Pepper Squid.
Location: 96 Prospect Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3BH
Speciality: A mixed platter of chicken nuggets, scampi, onion rings, breaded mushrooms, filo king prawns and an assortment of heinz dips & lemon wedge.