Where’s The Best fish and chips in Brighton?
You cannot come to Brighton and have a complete seaside experience without indulging in some fish and chips. Leave the diet at home and comfort yourself in the smell of vinegar warming on freshly cut chips and crispy batter. It’s actually a surprise that in a seaside city like Brighton, it’s actually more difficult than you might think to find quality fish and chips. It was a tough job but we took it upon ourselves to discover which of Brighton’s fine establishments served up (in our opinion) the best fish and chips in Brighton.
Bardsley’s of Baker Street, Brighton
Although maybe a little off the beaten track, this awarding winning fish and chip shop is said to be one of the top ten in the country by The Guardian. For four generations this family run chippy has been serving up simply fabulous fish, juicy and flavourful in a light crispy batter and the chips are spectacular. When they say fish and chips, they mean it. The menu doesn’t just feature the usual suspects, it can feature anything from Sea Bass, Salmon, Scallops and more. All sustainably sourced, so the menu changes frequently, normally on a weekly basis. Bardsley’s lets the food speak for itself, with a warm friendly service and while the simple interior might fool some people, this is far from a simply chippy and is possibly the best fish and chips in Brighton.
Bankers - Western Road Brighton
Cooking high quality produce and offering a wide variety of fish choices, Bankers is up there with the best of them in Brighton. Set in an old bank, just a short stroll from the centre of Brighton and the seafront, Bankers serves of a delicious plate of this seaside staple which never disappoints. The restaurant is basic in decor, nicely laid out and has a real friendly vibe about it, the take-away section always has a long queue which speaks for itself. Freshly battered fish which is crispy, light, flavourful and crumbles away to reveal tasty flakes of fish. With a mountain of perfectly cooked chips, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
Palm Court Restaurant Brighton Pier
Described by Heston Blumenthal as the spiritual home of fish and chips, there simply couldn’t be anywhere better in Brighton to eat them than on the Pier with the Brighton coastline as your view. The food cannot be faulted, freshly cooked fish in a lovely crispy batter which crunches as your cut through it and excellent freshly cut chips. Great for families so reserve your table for when you’ve finished on the rides. Mushy peas and a side order of white bread and butter…all brings back memories of a time gone by when food was unpretentious and simple. They say you eat with your eyes and the view from this table can’t be beaten.
Although not strictly your standard Fish n’ Chips style eateries, there are also some very good restaurants in Brighton which serve up a pretty decent Fish and Chips.
Regency Restaurant - Kings Road Brighton
The Regency isn’t the best fish and chips in Brighton but it is a Brighton institution and certainly deserves it’s place on the list. One of the oldest seafront restaurants in Brighton and while more of a fish restaurant than your local chippy, The Regency is the perfect setting for some traditional fish and chips. Situated next to Regency Square and with a view of the sea, the restaurant has been know for quality and value for money since the 1930’s. The locally caught fish is expertly cooked, housed in a light crispy batter that delivers on crunch, succulence and taste. Accompanied by a generous portion of well cooked chips and mushy peas there’s enough on the plate to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. The restaurant is normally always busy and bustling but the service is still excellent and efficient.
Brasserie Fish - Brighton Marina
If you’re visiting Brighton Marina for a spot of shopping, going to the cinema, bowling or boat tours, then Brasserie Fish is the place (no pun intended) to stop for your fish and chips fix. The fish here certainly takes centre stage, with the plate being dominated by that and everything else an accompaniment. The fish and chips here certainly hits the spot, fresh with a great taste, crispy batter and perfectly cooked homemade chips. A real gem of Brighton Marina, hidden amongst the many chain restaurants.
The Plough Rottingdean - Vicarage Lane
Visiting on a Saturday night, when the lights were dimmed and the tables candle lit was possibly not the best option for two male friends, as it had a definite air of romance about it….. The food however was exceptional and some of the best fish and chips I’ve had in Brighton. The succulent fish was housed in a delicious and very crispy beer batter, which cracked when pushing the folk through it and melted in the mouth. The chips were also extremely good, hand cut and served with minted pea puree and lovely homemade tartar sauce. It’s not the biggest plate of food but it is enough and is definitely satisfying.
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