13 of the tastiest places for fish & chips in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:33 21 March 2019
Battered fish, golden chips and a generous side of mushy peas or curry sauce all wrapped up, and dosed in salt and vinegar – nothing gets the mouth watering more than the British favourite of fish and chips. With your help, we pick 13 of the tastiest to enjoy in Somerset
Esplanade Fish Bar, Burnham-on-Sea
When it comes to fish and chips, you’re in good hands at the Esplanade Fish Bar standing proudly on Burnham-on-Sea’s promenade. This family run business has been handed down through four generations; you can definitely say this British treat is in the DNA here.
All the traditional treats you’d expect at the chippy can be found here; a range of fish served in a light, crumbly batter alongside perfectly cooked chips, and there’s even an extensive gluten-free menu too. Take a seat in the large seating area or find a spot overlooking the sea.
Well renowned and loved by many, people come from far and wide to enjoy a delicious fish supper at Papa’s. The award-winning restaurant boasts a friendly welcome, and guests can enjoy eating in the charming dining room or soaking in the sea with a takeaway along Weston-Super-Mare’s vibrant seafront.
There’s a wide selection of fish to choose from including haddock, cod and skate, among others, all coated in a light, golden batter and there are plenty of puff pastry pies with tasty fillings too.
Winscombe Fish Bar, Winscombe
Don your stretchy trousers before picking up your takeaway from Winscombe Fish Bar – the generous portions are sure to fill you up! The family run chippy has a highly regarded reputation and visitors will come far and wide to get their fish and chip fix.
The freshly cooked fish and crispy, sumptuous chips are packed with flavour, and their gluten free dishes served on the last Sunday of the month are extremely popular too.
The Scallop Shell, Bath
Boasting a plethora of awards, known for serving ‘one of the best fish suppers in the UK’ and also named one of our tastiest restaurants in Somerset, The Scallop Shell in Bath is a must-visit for any seafood fan.
It is a casual affair at The Scallop Shell with modern, industrial décor, friendly staff and a jovial atmosphere. Traditional fish and chips can be enjoyed in or available to takeaway – there’s plenty of different fish to order alongside chunky chips, crispy but perfectly fluffy on the inside.
Piggy in the Middle, Porlock
Found in the centre of pretty Porlock, Piggy in the Middle is a charming spot to enjoy freshly cooked fish and chips. A plate of light battered cod, tasty chips and all the traditional chippy trimmings can be enjoyed in the cosy restaurant or to takeaway. There also plenty of award-winning homemade pies to choose from including vegetarian options all served with lashings of gravy.
The restaurant is dog-friendly too; perfect for a refuel after taking your four-legged friend for a stroll round the village and nearby Porlock Weir. If you’re planning to sit in, make sure to book ahead as it tends to get busy.
White Row Farm, Beckington
Freshly fried on order, you won’t go far wrong with a portion of crispy, battered cod, chips and a side of curry sauce or mushy peas at the White Row Farm in Beckington. Serving a menu of traditional chippy favourites, as well as plenty to choose from on the daily specials board, you can even opt for gluten-free batter while dining.
White Row Farm is renowned for its community-spirited ethos; growing their own produce as well as stocking local produce in support of farmers in Frome. The team are warm and welcoming, and you can expect personable service on each visit.
Knights Fish Restaurant, Glastonbury
It’s a family affair at Knights Fish Restaurant in Glastonbury; expect a warm and friendly welcome as soon as you walk through the door whether you’re dining in the restaurant or picking up a takeaway. The wood burning stove in the restaurant is a lovely treat on a chilly evening too.
There’s plenty to choose from on the menu, and you can even have your fish fried the way you like it with thick or light batter. Gluten free fish and chips are also available every Thursday. Make sure you order one of the tasty pea fritters to go along with your fish and chips.
Star Fish Bar, Burnham-on-Sea
Foodies are spoilt for choice in Burnham-on-Sea when it comes to tasty fish and chips as our readers also suggested Star Fish Bar in the town. This popular spot is fronted by a friendly team who are always smiling – and diners can be assured of a pleasant visit time and time again.
Make sure to go hungry; portions are generous here and an order of their light and crispy battered cod will be accompanied by a healthy portion of freshly cooked chips.
Something Else Fishy, Milborne Port
Run by husband and wife Martyn and Nicki Else, you’re in good hands when it comes to seafood at Something Else Fishy in Milborne Port - they’re as passionate about their food as much as they are experienced (ten years in the industry and counting).
The menu offers a vast, and varied choice, including delicious seafood platters, dishes of lobster and crab and, of course, traditional battered slices of fish. Vegetarians, vegans and those following a gluten-free diet are well catered for here too. There’s the option to eat in the delightful upstairs restaurant or take your dinner away.
Harbour Fish Bar, Watchet
A generous slice of light crispy battered cod and perfectly cooked golden chips – sound good? This is what you can expect from your takeaway from Harbour Fish Bar in Watchet.
Salt & Malt, Chew Stoke
The award-winning fish and chips served at Salt & Malt can be sampled in the heart of the stunning Chew Valley. Enjoy the view and order a battered cod, chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce and enjoy picnic-style while admiring the beauty of Chew Valley Lake.
You can be assured of a fresh slice of fish as its all sourced locally and delivered daily. There are also plenty of gluten-free dishes to choose from. Those in Bristol can also sample fish and chips at the Chew Stoke restaurant on the city’s harbourside.
Winstons Fish Bar, Weston-Super-Mare
Only a stone’s throw from Weston-Super-Mare’s Marine Parade and seafront, diners can’t miss the eye-catching blue and white frontage of Winton’s Fish Bar. The menu is brimming with various fish to choose from including battered slices of cod, haddock, plaice, halibut and even a delicious Fisherman’s Pie.
Take a seat inside and enjoy fish, chunky chips, curry sauce and a slice of bread and butter all washed down with a cuppa or perhaps take away your meal and enjoy the atmosphere sat at Weston-Super-Mare’s beach.
Pendra’s Fish & Chips, Langport
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in Langport, with plenty of fantastic independent spots to buy and eat good, local food. If its fish and chips that you crave, head straight to Parrett Close for a chippy dinner at the family-run Pendra’s Fish & Chips.
Just a short walk from the idyllic River Parrett, pick up your portion of moreish battered cod and chips (curry sauce or mushy peas optional) and enjoy with a riverside view.