A traditional takeaway but once you have tasted their superb fish and chips you really won't want any others!
Very good selection of fresh fish, delivered daily, and the chips are cooked to perfection, hot, dry and crisp. Sometimes have to queue but always worth the wait.
In fact the f & c are so good that the "Westlife" boy band called in recently. They didn't sing for their supper but did enjoy it and agreed to have their photo on the wall where it still hangs.
372, Court Oak Road,
Tel: 0121 427 2684
Great fish and chips - I believe the haddock is as good as anything I have eaten - huge portions, cheap specials on Wednesdays. Fresh fish (of course it being Hull), decent prices, an owner who provides (unknowing) free entertainment as he fries your food and....only 30 yards from my front door!
Corner of Dundee St and Chants Ave, Hull.
Simply the finest fish and chips in the country. If the fish were any fresher it would be flapping on your plate. The portions are massive, the mushy peas reassuringly green and you eat off real formica tables. Tea, bread and butter accompany your order. It doesn't get any better than this.
Marshall's, Tynemouth, North East of England.
Tynemouth is around 8 miles east of Newcastle
Great no frills restaurant or takeaway, with fantastic battered fresh fish and thick-cut chips. Also recommend the mushy peas and fish cakes.
Faulkner’s, 424-426 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AA (020 7254 6152) Dalston Kingsland rail.
Wishbone (there are two- one is across the street from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios) is a great restaurant that specialises in real American food - southern food. You won't find food like this easily in big American cities, so give it a try.
All the food is fresh and made from scratch. A Wishbone breakfast will take you well into late afternoon. Try the corn pancakes with sweet red pepper sauce, shrimp and grits, red eggs, or the crab cakes or vegan black bean cakes. For dinner, try the hoppin' John (also available as a side dish) or jambalaya. People come here for the side dishes alone - mashed sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, sauteed spinach, spectacular home fries, and cheese grits.
Both restaurants are bright and airy, with some unusual and delightful folk art on the walls. Friendly servers and a good attitude.
This is real down-home American food - fresh and delicious!
If you like a taste of salt in the air as well as on your cod and chips, then head to the Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop on the Suffolk coast. But be warned, the queues can be torture in summer (a sure sign that it's good though). Handily, you can pop into the cosy White Hart next door and wait till things quieten down. Then take your meal and sit and eat while looking out over the beach.
226 High St, Aldeburgh, Suffolk Tel: 01728 452250
For a west coast lad, it is tantamount to treachery to pay any tribute to an east coast chippy. It puts me on the wrong side of a fundamental Scottish divide: salt and vinegar versus salt and sauce. But I make no apology for preferring the latter, Edinburgh option every time. There's nowhere better for that than Rapido, not far from the Playhouse theatre. In a city packed with very good chippys, this one stands out from the crowd: it's bright and welcoming, it does a massive range of food beyond the basic fish, the chips are always at exactly the right point between too fresh and too stale, and - crucially - it's open late. No night out in the city is complete unless it's rounded off with a smoked sausage supper, smothered in brown sauce.
79 Broughton St, Edinburgh
My favourite restaurant is Agua Na Boca, translation = mouthwatering. Perfect name. A beautiful restaurant with lots of beautiful dark wood furnishings; tables inlaid with spices and a mouthwatering menu. The crab starter is to die for! There is also a great creperie restaurant with architecture that looks like it was influenced by the Gaudi architecture of Barcelona.
Choose a baking hot day to step through the thirteenth century gateway of Monteriggioni (there's no way I'm going to attempt spelling that a third time) and you'll find yourself in the world of Sergio Leone. Sit on a bench opposite the church and you can quickly recreate entire scenes to while away the time whilst your travelling partner finds joy in the few shops this walled town has to offer. Time passes quickly here and you may find it worthwhile to return at night for a new take on the town and some delicious restaurants.
Between Siena and Firenze.
Walk from the station to the bustling town centre and you can't miss Skipton's answer to Harry Ramsden's. On the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Bizzie Lizzies is a former winner of UK Fish and Chip Shop of the Year and still packs them in, whether in the downstairs cafe and takeaway, or upstairs in the restaurant where genteel pensioners tuck in to their senior citizens specials.
Fish and chips isn't the only choice on the menu but other than mushy peas and sliced white bread you won't find many people eating anything else. Rightly so, since the fish is fresh as can be and the Yorkshire batter better than any 'down south'. Downstairs is a bit grim so get a table in the restaurant by the window and watch the canal boats go by.
36 Swadford St, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Tel: 01756 701131
Just up the road from trendy gastropub The Eagle and around the corner from the cosmopolitan tastes of Moro, but a timewarp away, the family-run Golden Fish Restaurant has tiny faux wooden formica tables and benches that give you about as much elbow room as an in-flight meal. Still the best mushy peas I've had this side of the Watford Gap, though, great hunks of lightly golden cod or haddock, and perfectly formed chips.
102-104 Farringdon Road
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