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The best fish and chip shops in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 01:00 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32 20 April 2018

Cod fresh from the fryer

Cod fresh from the fryer

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If there’s one thing that unites all Yorkshire folk, it’s the love of a good fish supper, and we say with great confidence that we have the best chippies in the land. Here are some recommended by you, in no particular order

Quayside, Whitby

The Fusco family having been in the fish and chip business for over 50 years and it’s now the third generation of the family that has run the Quayside since 1999.

The Quayside became the first fish and chip shop in Yorkshire to be given the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) stamp of approval for its sustainably sourced fish and was a multiple winner at the 2014 National Fish and Chip Awards.

7 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU quaysidewhitby.co.uk

Strensall Fisheries, near York

Fish and chips are an institution in this village. Cars line the street with queues at tea time and early evening eager for the doors to open.

16 The Village, Strensall, York, North Yorkshire YO32 5XS 

Fish & Chips 149, Bridlington

Fish & Chips at 149 in Bridlington has won a number of accolades over the years, one of the highlights was being crowned the best chippie in Britain at the 2011 Annual National Fish and Chip Awards.

149 Marton Road, Bridlington, YO16 7DJ fishandchipsat149.co.uk

Scotts, Helmsley

Scotts of Helmsley is a traditional and family friendly fish and chip shop, based just off the market square, in the historic town of Helmsley. It’s not your ordinary chippy, it’s fully licensed and has a range of seafood dishes including smoked salmon, mussel pots and grilled queen scallops.

6 Bridge Street, Helmsley, YO62 5BG Tel. 01439 772465 scottsofhelmsley.co.uk

The Wensleydale Heifer

Ok, so it's not your usual street corner chippy. The Wensleydale Heifer is situated between Leyburn and Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Their famous fried fish is battered with Black Sheep Beer and seasoned with malt salt. They'll even give you a free t-shirt if you manage to polish off their giant fish and chips meal.

West Witton, North Yorkshire, DL8 4LS www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk

East Park Chippy, Hull

The East Park chippy is well known amongst local for their jumbo fish and chips, not surprising as we like our large portions here in Yorkshire. They also have a Gluten Free menu every Monday.

520 Holderness Road, Hull, HU9 3DT Tel. 01482 703730 eastparkchippy.co.uk

The Wetherby Whaler, Wetherby

The Murphy family opened their first chippy in Tadcaster in 1969, the Wetherby Whaler chain launched in 1989 and they now have four other branches in Pudsey, Guiseley, York and Wakefield.

All the restaurants serve haddock that is delivered fresh on a daily basis. The Guiseley and Wakefield produce gluten free fish and chips options.

18 Market Pl, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NE  wetherbywhaler.co.uk

Nashs, Leeds

This takeaway was established in the 1960s and quickly made its mark in Leeds. But Grandma Nash opened up her first shop in Park Lane in Leeds in the 1920s.

Nashs is a favourite haunt for celebrities appearing at The Leeds Grand Theatre and Leeds City Varieties. Nashs Fish and Chip restaurant has just been awarded an AA Rosette for the quality of its menu.

17 Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JE. nashsfishandchips.com

The Fisherman’s Wife, Leeds

The Stephenson family have been serving shoppers at Leeds Kirkgate Market for over 50 years, and has now become an iconic food spot in the city.

They have expanded their empire over years with branches in Whitby, Bishopthorpe, York, Headingley and Seathorpe.

12-14 George Street, Leeds LS2 7HY thefishermanswife.co.uk

Two Steps, Sheffield

Another establishment that is now part of local history, Two Steps has been serving chippy teas to the people of Sheffield since 1895 and started life as a ‘Fried Fish Dealer’

It is a small and unassuming building, but we figure that with the explosion of cheaply available fast food available elsewhere, it would not have survived this long if they didn’t know what they were doing.

249 Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8ZE  twostepssheffield.co.uk

Walkers

This fish restaurant — which offers takeaway as long as it’s not really busy — is located in East Ayton near Scarborough and is a favourite with Mrs Greenway, aka Mission Control. Alongside the main attraction, which is fried in dripping, it serves up terrific desserts. Gluten-free batter is available. 

17 Main Street, East Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9HJ  walkersfishrestaurant.co.uk

The Scrap Box, Dunnington

This is easy to miss, because it’s situated in a lay-by on the A1079 near York. OK, that location might not sound inviting but the fish and chips — cooked in dripping — are absolutely top notch (voted York’s best) and it’s quickly become my regular chippy. There’s a seated section, too.

Trunk Road Services, A1079 Hull Road, Dunnington, York YO19 5LP  thescrapbox.fish

Robertsons, Whitby

A fabulous Whitby chippy with a children’s menu, plus gluten-free batter for those who want it. Robertsons is a takeaway but it’s also a restaurant, with sit-in food that includes Whitby kippers with brown bread and chips (even the bread can be of the gluten-free variety).

6-7 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG  robertsonsofwhitby.co.uk

Millers, Haxby

I had to include this 77-year-old business in Haxby, near York, because it’s just been voted the UK’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year. Winning the accolade wasn’t easy. Judges were looking for responsible sourcing and a diverse menu, among other things. Millers also offer gluten-free options. 

55 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2JE millersfish.co.uk

The Magpie Cafe, Whitby

The late AA Gill — one of the most acerbic restaurant critics in the business — said the Magpie Café overlooking the harbour in Whitby (which re-opened last December after being destroyed by fire) served ‘the best fish and chips in the world’. This is, quite simply, a must-visit — and with a gluten-free batter option.

14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU  magpiecafe.co.uk

The Empire, Outwood

This film-themed restaurant on the A61 at Outwood, housed in a former cinema, is one of the few drive-thru fish and chip takeaways in the country. Not only that, it also has a programme of tribute events every month (it’s an Elvis tribute act on May 31st), for which you’ll need to reserve seats.

550 Leeds Rd, Wakefield WF1 2DX empire-restaurant.com

1 comment

  • The Whitby whaler, formerly Harry Ramsden's at Guiseley, is well worth a mention. It's in West Yorkshire. I called for a takeaway fish and chips many years ago when Harry Ramsden ran it and I brought a full coach of F.E. students, 16 -85 years old, and we ALL agreed it was the best fish supper we'd ever eaten. I'd cheerfully have paid double myself. I'll be testing the current owners soon but I'm sure I won't be disappointed !

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