When you think of Cornish food, your mind wanders to one of two things; the traditional Cornish pasty, or a delicious serving of fish and chips. With its long coastline and centuries of fishing tradition, is there anywhere better to find a fresh serving of cod and chips?
The entire region is famous for the delicacy, but it truly excels in Cornwall, where you can enjoy a bite to eat while looking out over glorious beaches and beautiful clifftops. There are so many good chippies in Cornwall but we’ve managed to narrow down our list to just ten — does your local chippie make the list?
Mariners Fish and Chips, Penryn
This place styles itself as a ‘Modern-Day Fish and Chips’ and it’s easy to see why — not only is all the fish MSC certified and caught locally around Falmouth Bay, but as well as classic fish and chips they offer a fishy tapas box, Japanese crispy coated box and much more! On top of all that though, everything served here tastes absolutely delicious.
Rick Stein Fish and Chips, Padstow
It’s hard to talk about fish and chips in Cornwall while not bringing up the influence of Rick Stein, who has turned Padstow into a seafood paradise. His fish and chip restaurant overlooks the Camel Estuary, boasting a dine-in experience and takeaway too. The menu features a large range of locally sourced fish served battered or grilled, along with hand cut chips and even oysters to shuck.
Morrish’s Fish and Chips, Redruth
If you fancy proper fish and chips the old fashioned way — served in big portions at a price that won’t break the bank — then Morrish’s in Redruth is a great choice. You can stop here for a sit down meal with you wish, though pre-booking is recommended.
Sole Place Fish and Chips, Truro
This one is something of a hidden gem but is well known among Truro residents as one of the best chippies in the area. It’s truly part of the community, having been open for more than 30 years. It’s well priced, tastes good and the portions are extremely generous, meaning you get an awful lot of bang for your buck at this “plaice”!
Beck’s Fish and Chips, Carbis Bay
This 40-year-old family business serves food as fresh as it gets and whether you prefer to eat your chips straight out of the paper on nearby Carbis Bay Beach or to tuck into a big plate of fish and chips, you’ll find both options here — you can ask for your batter to be gluten free too, with fish cooked separately to specific dietary requirements.
The Coddy Shack, Looe
This place most definitely has a seaside vibe; the quirky interior is adorned with starfish, buoys and lanterns that certainly remind you that you’re on the coast! Don’t let the funky décor fool you though — here the cod is crispy, the chips taste like proper chippy chips and you’re free to take them away with you rather than sit in.
Harbour Lights, Falmouth
This eatery made the National Fish and Chip Awards UK Top 10 and prides itself on being the ‘Local’s Chippie’, a tag which it does live up to as locals turn out regularly to support Harbour Lights. The fish comes from local merchant Stevenson and Sons of Newlyn, while the potatoes come from farms within 20 miles of the takeaway, so everything is as Cornish as it gets!
Harbour Fish & Chips, St Ives
This is another chippie well placed on a harbourside, ideally located for sitting out in the sea breeze and staring out over St Ives Harbour. They make use of the town fishmonger Matthew Stevens and even have chilled beers available too!
The Blue Fish Bar, Mawgan Porth
One of the most popular beaches in all of Cornwall is Mawgan Porth; after a day of building sandcastles, swimming in the sea and exploring rockpools, tuck into the delightful fish and chips straight from the paper at The Blue Fish Bar, the perfect spot to look out over the water, while the restaurant is happy for you to bring your own alcoholic drinks with you to wash down your meal.
Flounders, Newquay and Truro
Be sure to wear your baggiest trousers if you’re going to pay a visit to Flounders as it’s known for offering huge portions! The chips here are cooked the traditional way — in beef dripping — and go best with the crispy cod bites or a proper bit of cod. If you don’t fancy fighting off the seagulls to eat your lunch, Flounders now do deliveries too!
There’s our top ten list! What did you think, have we missed any important names off the list? Let us know in the comments below!