5 of the best – Fish and Chips

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13

Quayside Whitby

A trip to the Yorkshire coast wouldn’t be a trip to the Yorkshire coast without sampling some of the finest fish and chips this country has to offer. That is why if you’re visiting Whitby, or the surrounding area, then the Quayside is a must visit!

Winners of the Best Independent Fish and Chip Takeaway 2014, Quayside is the place for proper fish and chips – fried the traditional way in top beef dripping and special-recipe batter. Their menu is extensive, with cod, haddock, plaice, scampi as well as home-made fish pie all available alongside a children’s menu.

Quayside is marking 60 years in the business this National Fish and Chip Day (June 5) with a special Yorkshire meal deal. Head on down and grab yourself one of their specially priced portions to celebrate six decades in the fish and chip trade.

Quayside also put lots back into the local community, sponsoring local sports teams and running education projects with local schools to teach classes of up to 50 children all about sustainability and the food chain.

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Scotts of Helmsley

Located in the centre of the historic town of Helmsley, Scotts is an award-winning, traditional fish and chip restaurant and takeaway. Not a cod or haddock fan? Well that’s not a problem as Scotts offer a range of other treats like scampi, sausages, potato patties, pies, fishcakes and have a great children’s menu too. All their fish is sustainable and locally sourced which is an added bonus too.

If you can’t make it to Helmsley then there is another branch of Scotts just off the A64 on the way into York, so it’s a great pitstop for commuters making their way home to York.

If for whatever reason you don’t fancy traditional fish and chips then pop to their website for some delicious recipes for other fishy feasts like their scrummy Cap’n Scott’s rustic fish pie. What’s not to like?

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Wensleydale Heifer

Slightly different to your standard fish and chip restaurant, The Wensleydale Heifer offers a luxurious take on the classic dish with their famous fish & chips made with crackling Black Sheep Beer batter, accompanied by “posh” peas and delightful hand cut goose fat chips, homemade tartar sauce and malt salt.

Fancy a challenge? Well tackle their Giant portion. If you manage to make your way through that, you’ll earn yourself a certificate of gluttony and a t-shirt too. The challenge is set!

The Wensleydale Heifer are not afraid of a challenge either, in 2011 they set out to break a Guinness World Record for the largest serving of fish and chips. They absolutely marmelized the existing record by 24lb with their fish and chips weighing in at a whopping 101lb.

As a special treat for National Fish and Chip day, they are offering all fish and chips for half price too. Now you can’t say fairer than that…!

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Bizzie Lizzies

Previous winners of the National Fish and Chip Shop awards, and attracting visitors from far and wide, Bizzie Lizzie’s provide fresh high quality food at affordable prices to give you a fantastic dining experience.

Traditional Bizzie Lizzie’s fish & chips can be enjoyed at 2 venues in Skipton, the gateway to the Dales. The first restaurant overlooks the picturesque Skipton waterway with its gaily painted narrow boats and the second is further into the bustling market town.

Just one bite of their succulent fish covered in the crispiest batter and golden chips fried in beef dripping for extra flavour and you’ll know why so many people love Bizzie Lizzie’s. It’s probably the mouth-watering combination of succulent fish covered in the crispiest batter and golden chips made with top quality farm fresh potatoes, fresh cut then double fried in beef dripping to create crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside perfect chips.

Bizzie Lizzie’s support local businesses by sourcing locally grown produce, and have multiple industry awards to show their guaranteed quality.

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Haworth Haddock

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway: fish and chips meets steam engines, and the result? A tasty evening for all!

The evening aboard the Haworth Haddock starts at around 7pm, plenty of time to have a tipple from the award winning Real-Ale Buffet Car; that sells a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. By 7:30 you’ll be whisked off to one of the lovingly restored station on the branch line, this is where you will be served your fishy feast!

Shortly after leaving Oxenhope, the friendly stewards bring round fresh teacakes and condiments before you arrive at Keighley when Fish & Chips will be served at your seat, piping hot and delicious!

The train then makes a leisurely journey to Oxenhope, returning to Keighley so you can stretch your legs and have a boogie to some toe-tapping classics, played by one of the excellent bands. At the end of the evening, the train will arrive back at Oxenhope around 11pm.

These trips are monthly and advanced booking is recommended, as there are often themed evenings!

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Fancy Fish and Chips but none of these local to you? Then check out our Fish and Chip delicious Trail, for more inspiration on where to go to get a tasty treat.

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