Even more British than bulldogs or queueing, fish and chips hold such a special place in the national consciousness that a whole day, 7th June, is given over to celebrating this most marvellous of national dishes. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s our rundown of the five best fish and chip shops in the South West.
Krispies in the South Devon seaside town of Exmouth is a fantastic find for visitors. They’re the overall winner of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2019 - officially the best in the land, and it shows, with Tripadvisor reviews such as “Fish and battered chips were something special. Melt in the mouth battered fish and battered chips.” and “You must try their battered chips..... No surprise they won the Fish & Chip shop of the year! Friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food!”.
Are you visiting Falmouth? Whether you eat in and enjoy the harbour views or take a stroll outside for sounds of the sea and the smell of the spray, Harbour Lights is the place to get your fish and chips fix. With fantastic ingredient provenance credentials and plenty of satisfied customers, it’s easy to see why they have made the final 10 in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards for 2019.
Paignton Pier Chippy Co. is a newcomer on the scene opening its doors just over a year ago. In that time it’s earned itself a stunning reputation for exceptional quality, earning a finalist place in the National Fish and Chip Best Awards Best Newcomers category. Based at Paignton’s historic pier, whether you enjoy the amusements or just take a stroll in the sunshine, there’s plenty on offer to enjoy alongside your meal.
Harbourside Fish and Chips in Plymouth has been serving up Britain’s favourite meal since it opened its doors forty years ago. In that time they’ve won armfuls of accolades in the National Fish and Chip Awards. Offering a full gluten-free fish and chips menu alongside the more traditional offering, and with 750+ 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor, they’re clearly keeping their customers happy!
Fraser’s Fish and Chips in Cornwall’s lovely Penzance finishes up our list. This family-owned chippy is the National winner of the Sustainable Seafood category from this year’s Fish and Chip Awards. With hundreds of happy customers saying things such as “We are holidaying in nearby Mousehole and found Frasers in a listing of high-quality fish and chip shops. We went in to order a takeaway, and we were not disappointed!” it’s easy to see why Fraser’s are such a firm favourite.