The best fish and chips in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 16:53 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 20:32 22 May 2015

A chippy tea on a Friday is still a popular Lancashire tradition

A chippy tea on a Friday is still a popular Lancashire tradition


The chippy tea is still a great tradition of life in Lancashire, it’s even had a song written about it. Here are a few of our favourites, in no particular order

Seniors, Thornton
The Horabin family now have four Seniors restaurants in the Fylde area and although the Blackpool Normoss brach is the original, the Thornton branch is arguably the jewel in their crown.
Seniors Thornton was built in 2006 and enjoyed a meteoric rise culminating in winning the best British fish and chip shop in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012.
91 Fleetwood Road North, Thornton-Cleveleys 01253 858585

Umbertos, Preston
The Frediani family have been serving Preston for over 40 years, and Umberto’s has become a firm favourite for locals and the large student population that live in the area.
As the former Lancashire Life offices were just around the corner in Preston Marina, we can certainly vouch for the lunchtime specials.
10 Watery Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR2 2NN 01772 726097

The Cottage, Marton
Probably the quaintest chippy you’ll find in Lancashire. Situated in an 1850’s farmhouse, The Cottage has been serving fish and chips for nearly a century now.
It has built quite a star-studded list of fans over the years as the portraits that adorn the walls illustrate, former customers include former PM John Major and pop sensation Rae Morris.
31 Newhouse Road, Marton, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 4JH

Samos Fish Bar, Irlam
This one was actually recommended to us by celebrity singer Russell Watson, which he described as ‘the best in the universe’. Praise indeed.
In a recent interview he reminisced on childhood treats growing up in Irlam: ‘Real comfort food. I can remember the delight as that mixture of steam and vinegar tickled your nose.’
50 Ferryhill Road, Irlam, Manchester M44 6DD 0161 775 4738

Fylde Fish Bar, Marshside, Southport
The Fylde Fish bar is owned by a family of third generation fish fryers, who have been in the business since the 1960’s they were one of the five finalists in the Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year category at the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards.
117 Fylde Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 9XP 01704 507506

Whelan’s, Lytham
Whelan’s has become an old favourite for visitors to Lytham ever since it opened in 1937, it has a couple of celebrity chef endorsements as well including seafood specialist Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay.
Daily specials include homemade gourmet fishcakes and a extensive choice of fish, it’s easy to see why it has become a local landmark in Lytham.
26 Clifton Street, Lytham, FY8 5EW 01253 735 188

Holt’s Fish & Chips, Nelson
Holt’s could be classed as the new kid on the block when compared to some of the long-stading establishments across the county, but there’s no doubting their credentials.
They won the title of Best Newcomer 2011 in the Seafish National Fish and Chip Awards and have gone from strength to strength ever since.
144 Scotland Road, Nelson, BB9 7XT 01282 616 532


Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant, Bolton
Olympus was opened in 1987 by Tasos Pattichis, and the specials include dishes such as mousakka. to reflect his family’s Cypriot heritage.
There is a wide selection of fishes on the menu including cod, plaice, hake, haddock and salmon and it has the honour of being probably the only fish and chip restaurant to host a Lancashire Life Lunch.
35-39 Great Moor Street, Bolton, BL1 1SW. Call: 01204 523 887

Fenwick Arms, Claughton
Ok, so this is posh fish and chips, served in a classic country pub with no old newspapers or polystyrene trays in sight.
But when you have built a group of successful seafood establishments and are supplied by one of the leading fish companies in the UK, then the fish and chips are bound to be top notch.
Lancaster Road, Claughton, Lancashire, LA2 9LA 01524 221 157

The Three Fishes, Mitton
This would be a great name for a local chippy, but in fact it's part of the Ribble Valley Inns stable, founded by Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft of the Nortcote Group.
All the pubs in the group have a weekly 'Chippy Tea Friday' from 5pm to 7pm that includes Fish & Chips served with mushy peas and a choice of Gravy or Chippy curry sauce.
The Three Fishes, Mitton Road, Mitton, BB7 9PQ

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