Up North there is something to be said for the quality of the local ‘chippy’. In Yorkshire you will find more Fish N Chip shops winning awards than anywhere else in the UK. British holidays and traditional Fish N Chips go together like salt and vinegar - a perfect combination. The delicious smell, using a wooden fork, the excitement of taking a first bite – you just can’t beat it. Whether enjoying your chips on the beach or taking them away to enjoy on the night: here is a short guide to the best places to get fish and chips while holiday-making in Yorkshire.
First Catch, Filey
The historic seaside town of Filey is a great day out whilst staying at Cayton Bay Holiday park (about 10 minutes’ drive away). Filey was originally a fishing village, which makes sense as it is home to one of Yorkshire’s highest rated Fish N Chip shops. First Catch offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as a take away service. The restaurant area is kitted out in maritime décor, and the outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy your meal on a sunny summer’s day. Beer and wine are available with meals, as are alternative meals for members of your party who might not fancy fish that day. It’s also worth noting First Catch have gluten-free fish, scampi and chips on their menu, plus traditional, home-made mushy peas and tartar sauce.
Lifeboat Fish N Chips, WithernseaNot too far from Withernsea Sands Holiday Park is Lifeboat Fish N Chips. Notable for it’s outstanding food and service, Lifeboat is the place to go for a fish supper when staying in Withernsea. Although their indoor seating is limited, Lifeboat isn’t far from North Promenade or the holiday park so your chips won’t get cold if you choose to eat them out of the paper. Lifeboat use both gluten-free and traditional batter, and offer alternatives such as pizza, ice cream and an ‘all day breakfast’ - this is one to put on your list of places to visit for great meal. Check out their website for more dining-in options.
149 Fish & Chips, Bridlington
Although this one is over 20 minutes in the car from Skipsea Sands and Barmston Beach – it’s worth the journey. 149 have been awarded ‘Independent Fish and Chip Shop Of the Year’ both in Yorkshire and nationally by the National Fish & Chip Awards in 2011, and nominated for several other awards. This is possibly due to their quality promise listed on their website swearing they will only use the best Icelandic Cod and Haddock, as well as Maris piper potatoes to create their signature food. With a gluten-free menu and low prices to boot, 149 is the fish N chip shop to visit in the historic coastal town of Bridlington. Those staying (or planning to stay in) Northumberland and County Durham might like to know 149 have another takeaway and restaurant in Barnard Castle, County Durham, nearest to Crimdon Dene holiday park
Mother Hubbard’s, Scarborough
Situated under 20 minutes away from Cayton Bay Holiday Park is the ever-popular seaside town of Scarborough. This is seen as the coastal capitol of Yorkshire so it’s no surprise it is home of one of the best fish N chip restaurants in ‘God’s Own Country’. Mother Hubbard’s is a traditional, family-owned fish N chip restaurant in a vintage-style setting. The restaurant itself is hidden away, near Brunswick shopping centre, so keep an eye out for the name. Offering many special deals on the menu and welcoming large parties, it’s easy to see why the local press voted Mother Hubbard’s ‘Fish & Chip Shop of The Year’. There is also a selection of deserts, non-fish items, beers and wines on the menu to keep all the family happy.
A holiday in Yorkshire isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic city of York. Seeing all those historic sites and looking through all the museums and shops York has to offer can make your stomach rumble. If Fish N Chips is your thing: then Wackers is only a short walk from York Minster. The restaurant seats up to 200 people and kids eat free (check their website for Terms & Conditions) plus there's a discount for students, coach drivers and even free wifi. If you want to sample their delights, as well as soak in the atmosphere of York - take away is also an option. A breakfast menu is available with free tea or coffee before 11am for those just arriving in the city. York is a great day trip, especially if you are staying at a nearby park such as Skipsea Sands or Barmston Beach.
A stone’s throw away from the picturesque Hornsea sea-front is Whitehead’s Fish N Chip shop. A family owned business that has received nominations and awards from The National Fish & Chip Awards through their many years of service. Operating as both restaurant and take-away, there is enough on the menu to keep everyone happy. A wide selection of fish including ray and halibut, plus fritters, pies, and even ice cream are all available to takeaway, and in the restaurant. If you are at Hornsea for the day while staying in Skipsea Sands, this is place (or should that be ‘plaice’) to get fish N chips.
Whitby town is not to be missed when planning day trips in Yorkshire. Known for it’s connections to Dracula, it’s good to know where to get a bite to eat. In between the railway station and River Esk is Trenchers Traditional Fish and Chips. The striking restaurant is the perfect place to stop by and enjoy their menu filled with local seafood and traditional chip-shop fare. Why not try Deep Fried Whole Tail Whitby Scampi? You are in Whitby, after all. Trenchers also have a ‘Kids Club’ which includes a free meal on their birthday, as well as a loyalty cards for repeat customers. This says a lot about the food if customers are coming back enough to get rewards after every three stamps. Also winner of ‘Loo of the Year 2012’ which is nice to know.