Thursday, 21 August 2014

The finest fish and chips in the West

Fish and chips evokes childhood memories of freshly cooked fish in gorgeous, crunchy batter accompanied by big, fat piping hot chips and the heady aroma of salt and vinegar wafting seductively through the air – perfect whether at the seaside or in the country. Holidays would never be complete without a fish and chip supper at least one night - or more if mum and dad could be persuaded – perfect after a hectic day’s digging on the beach or exploring the moors. And mum and dad are winners too – easy on the pocket and no dishes to wash afterwards.

Here are a few of our favourite chippies, as voted for by the team of highly experienced ‘Cod and Chips Connoisseurs’ here at HH, the ‘Triple C’ team:

Roland’s Happy Plaice in Porthleven, also known as the “Pink Chippy”. Named as one of the top 30 places to eat fish and chips in Britain by Times Newspapers in 2011, they only sell fresh fish caught locally that day, so when the fish runs out, that's it! So - make sure you head down early.

Peckish in Camelford (pictured above), committed to using the finest fresh fish from sustainable fisheries. Peckish was the first fish and chip shop in North Cornwall to obtain the 5-star Fryers Quality Award, the highest accolade Seafish gives. Peckish also entered the 2011 Fish and Chips awards, when they became the Number 1 fish and chip shop in the South West and Runner-up in the UK.

Or if you find yourself on the western edge of Dartmoor – The Tavi Friar in Tavistock were South West Regional Winners and National Finalists in the Seafish independent Fish and Chip takeaway of the year 2014.

For a real treat try Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow or Falmouth – restaurant or takeaway, you take your choice. All beautifully cooked with mouth-watering batter and fresh local fish.

And last but not least, try the Cricket Inn in the small fishing village of Beesands, south Devon - only metres from the sloping beach and crystal clear waters of Start Bay. What could be better than freshly cooked cod and chips and a foaming pint of best bitter, sitting in the great outdoors with the soothing sound of waves gently breaking on the beach – perfect!

If you have any recommendations we'd love to hear them!