Cornwall’s fish and chips on the UK’s best chippie list


Cornwall is home to six of the UK’s best fish and chips, according to the latest official guide.

The official guide to quality fish and chip shops in the UK 2021 has been published by representatives of the fish and chip industry, the National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) in collaboration with Sarson’s Vinegar.

With 382 million meals in fish and chips consumed each year in Britain, and ‘chips’ and ‘fish & chips’ occupying the top two places as the country’s most popular British dishes, it is clear that the love for this British tradition shows no signs of fading. .

Read more: The five best places to eat in Cornwall according to Tripadvisor

All the businesses listed in the guide are members of the NFFF Quality Accreditation system. This diagram identifies Fish & Chip stores that have undergone a thorough assessment of premises and equipment, working practices, hygiene standards and management controls, as well as of course quality and taste of fish and chips.

We took a look at the guide and compiled a list (in order of appearance) of the best quality fish and chip shops here in Cornwall.

Fraser’s Fish and Chips

Where: Chemin Western Promenade, Penzance TR18 4HH

Fraser’s Fish and Chips is the latest company from the owners of the multiple award-winning Harbor Lights in Falmouth. They also have a shop in Helston and have a variety of Cornish fish on the menu every day, including favorites cod, haddock and plaice. According to their website, all of their fish are “responsibly sourced,” using the skills of the Marine Stewardship Council and Cornish Good Seafood Guide to help them with their selection.

With over 370 “excellent” ratings on Tripadvisor, it seems a lot of people agree that Fraser’s is one of the best around.

A reviewer recently said, “Very tasty cod and fries. In addition, the staff were well organized. Nice place to eat on the promenade too! Served in recyclable cardboard boxes.




Harbor lights

Where: Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3LH

It seems appropriate that we follow Fraser’s and then list its sister store. Based in Falmouth, this family business has won many acclaimed awards in the fish and chip industry and has been a hit with locals and tourists for many years. They have a range of traditional fish and chip dishes, including their top cod and haddock vendors.

According to their website, Harbor Lights is “committed to only serving the highest quality, sustainably sourced products” to take out and eat at their restaurant.

A reviewer on Facebook said that Harbor Lights was the “best fish and chips [they’ve had] for a long time.”



Falmouth Harbor Lights
Falmouth Harbor Lights

Holmbush fish bar

Where: 86 Daniels Ln, St Austell PL25 3HT

This award-winning fish and chips offers the “best” selection of cod, haddock, plaice, lemon sole and many other traditional fish options, which are freshly cooked to the “highest quality”.

A reviewer on Tripadvisor called it “the best in St Austell” and said he would definitely come back to Holmbush Fishbar in the future: “Such lovely staff! The food was excellent and the service was prompt and cheerful. “

Kellaway Fish and Chips

Where: 1C Pengelly Way, Threemilestone, Truro TR3 6DP

Formerly known as the Golden Fry, this family-owned business has been a popular take-out store in the village of Threemilestone, on the outskirts of Truro, for over 24 years. They are also “proud holders” of a five-star hygiene rating, and have already been awarded by one of the UK’s 50 best fish and chip shops.

A Google reviewer said: “Tried for the first time today. They can also cook in vegetable oil on request. Very impressed. High quality fish and chips. Easy to eat, don’t feel heavy afterwards . This is probably the best fish and chips I have had. Better than Rick Steins from Padstow, especially when you think about the price difference! Keep it up! “

Plaice Sole

Where: 20 rue Pydar, Truro TR1 2AY

This take-out fish and chip shop has been serving “quality” fish and chips in Truro for over 40 years. They say they are “passionate” about sourcing and supporting established and new local businesses, which in turn provide them with a selection of the “best” products Cornwall has to offer.

A Tripadvisor reviewer said that Sole Plaice offered the “best fish and chips” they’ve ever had: “Great fish and chips, breathtaking, melt in your mouth, big portions, friendly staff”.




Welcome stranger

Where: Truro Rd, Lanivet, Bodmin PL30 5HF

The award-winning Welcome Stranger fish and chips is a former chapel, built in 1843, and has been a fish and chip restaurant for over 60 years. They offer a range of traditional fish options including cod, haddock, and plaice.

A reviewer on Tripadvisor says that they regularly drive from their house in Penzance to Bodmin for fish and chips at Welcome Stranger: “I live in Penzance and my mom lives in Mount Hawke and when I go to see her we often go to ‘to Foreign Hospitality. Almost 100 miles round trip but well worth it. “




So there you have it, these are the six best fish and chip shops in Cornwall according to the latest guide. You can request to get your own printed guide here.

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