Fish and chips wrapped (traditionally) in newspaper has long been considered one of Britain’s favourite national dishes. So much so that the humble chippy takeaway now celebrates its very own National Fish and Chips Day – Friday 1 June 2018.
On a coastal bike ride, ordering fresh fish and chips and settling down on a beach or promenade to admire the sea views is one of life's great enjoyments.
We’ve asked our team from around the UK for their favourite fish and chip shops on or close to the National Cycle Network in preparation for those seaside cycles.
Professed by our Scotland team as the “perfect spot to sit and enjoy the beach view (and your chips!)”, the Bay serves locally sourced, sustainable fish and chips on the Stonehaven seafront. Order the catch of the day or try their award winning fishcakes and pick your spot on the promenade.
Riley’s was enthusiastically mentioned as “one of the best places to grab fish in the North East” and is on the lovely 11-mile coastal route from Souter to St Mary’s. Its relaxed vibes, delicious charcoal fire seafood and beach shack location, makes this an eating experience not to be missed.
We’ll leave this mention entirely to Ryan, one of our Schools Officer based in Plymouth.
“Picture this - you're heading along NCN 27 en route to Cornwall. You stop by at West Hoe Fryers for a haddock and chips and ride on less than ten minutes at a leisurely pace to the Cremyll ferry. As you cross the Tamar, open the wrappings and enjoy the first few, then eat the rest looking back over Plymouth Sound from Mount Edgcumbe.” Sounds absolutely perfect!
Located on National Route 1 in a distinctive 18th century black and white building (apparently haunted by a ghost called Albert), the popular Magpie Café overlooks Whitby's historic harbour and is a great spot to eat your lunch and enjoy the stunning coastal views. For those among us with a sweet tooth, the sticky-toffee pudding comes highly recommended!
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There is no shortage of fish and chip options as you cycle into Padstow. Rick Stein’s fish and chips may be the famous stop-off point, but carry on into the centre of the quaint harbour town and you’ll find the brightly painted Chip Ahoy. Grab your traditional chippy favourite and pick your spot on the harbour's edge.
Close to the Coast and Castles North cycle route, Cromars is a local, student and tourist favourite in the delightful town of St Andrews. Pick up your chips, choose your fish - battered, breaded or grilled – and enjoy them sat amongst the ruins of the medieval cathedral or take them to the impressive beach expanse of West Sands.
This year’s winner of the best fish and chip shop in the North West region, Fylde fish and chips is a family friendly restaurant at the end of the Trans Pennine Trail. So why not celebrate your ride with a traditional fish supper and Fylde's homemade mushy peas - gluten-free options available!
Fish Dish is a beach fronted restaurant in the traditional seaside resort town of Felixstowe and is right on National Cycle Route 51 (part of the Eurovelo North Sea Cycle Route), what more could we ask for!
"Warm, cosy, very welcoming and excellent food at great prices”, exclaims Rachael, our Belfast-based Project Officer. Captain Jack’s on National Route 99 comes highly recommended from our team in Northern Ireland and if that didn’t tempt you enough – it’s recently been awarded the Taste of Ulster.
Close to the stunning 23-mile Causeway Coast Cycle Route, the Dolphin fish and chips takeaway is a great spot for a late lunch (opening times do vary). It’s been around for over 40-years and serves up everything from traditional fish suppers to crispy southern fried chicken.
“A good old-fashioned (and cash only!) chippy” a short ride from the North Wales Coastal Route cycle. The seaside resort town of Llandudno is well worth the 5-minute detour. Pick up your chips, roll down the hill and tuck into your lunch while gazing out at the town’s Grade II listed pier.
From Swansea to Fishguard the Celtic Trail West cycle has two route options allowing for riders to choose to either hug the Pembrokeshire coast or ride inland along remote quiet country lanes. Fortunately, both rides start (or end) next to the Hooked @31 fish and chip shop. After finishing your lunch we definitely recommend treating yourself to one of their homemade Welsh ice creams.
Although not strictly a coastal takeaway, McMonagles is a fish and chip shop experience worth a mention. Moored on the Forth and Clyde canal, the converted Debra Rose boat is home to this unusual restaurant and is helpfully situated on the almost entirely traffic-free Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway.
Traditional fish and chips with gluten and dairy-free options available every day. This popular chippy has been serving the Brighton and Hove area for over 25-years and would make for a perfect detour from the 12-mile South Coast Promenades ride from Worthing to Brighton.