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The Ultimate Guide to Fish and Chips in Liverpool

Today is National Fish and Chips Day, so to celebrate this momentous occasion we’ve put together an ultimate guide to fish and chips in Liverpool.

Whether you like yours with mushy peas, curry sauce, gravy or lashings of salt and vinegar, there’s nothing quite like a good chippy.

In Liverpool we are blessed with some of the best takeaways, pubs and restaurants that all serve this British classic, some keep it traditional and others have added their own unique twist.

Which ones have you tried?

Chippies

Docklands Fish and Chips

Where: Albert Dock

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One of the most famous and traditional of them all, Docklands Fish and Chips is nestled on the historic Albert Dock and is a firm favourite with visitors to the city.

The location makes this chippy extra special, you can tuck into your traditional box of freshly cooked crispy fish and fluffy thick cut chips whilst you look out over Liverpool’s beautiful docks.

If you love classic fish and chips done the traditional way and served with large helpings of mushy peas and tartar sauce, Docklands is the place for you.

Johnny English

Where: 62 Bold Street

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Situated right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, Johnny English is a great addition to the eclectic food haven that is Bold Street.

There’s always a deal to be snapped up at this popular chippy and the unique décor and trendy interior make it one of the best loved places to grab fish and chips.

Everything is made fresh to order, the portions are very generous and the prices aren’t bad.

They also have a catchy tag line – ‘In Cod We Trust’.

Brynes Fish and Chips

Where: 69 Stuart Road

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First opened way back in 1932, Byrnes has become a Liverpool institution and one of the city’s best-kept culinary secrets.

Hugely popular with Walton locals, regulars flock to the chippy on a daily basis to get their fish fix and the ‘batter to die for’.

The family run business has been going for generations and is run today by David Dickson and his wife, Barbara, together with two of their three sons, Francis and Mark and Mark’s fiancée, Natalie Richardson.

If you’re planning on visiting, maybe avoid Good Friday as the queue usually goes out the door and around the corner.

People come from far and wide to sample the Byrnes fish and chips.

Reel Fish and Chips

Where: 46-48 Mount Pleasant

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It’s probably one of the cheapest options you’ll find in Liverpool, but that doesn’t mean the quality is anything less than delicious.

With a branch in Bolton and with roots stretching to 1990s Widnes, Reel has big aspirations for the future with plans for more shops to open across the northwest.

It’s consistently busy every day of the week and has become a firm favourite with students and locals.

Steve’s Chippy

Where: 6-8 Ashfield Road

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Serving up award-winning fish and chips since way back, Steve’s is a stone’s throw from Otterspool and goes hand in hand with a river view.

You may have to wait a while for your food as there’s usually a queue out the door but the fish and chips are well worth the wait.

It’s the best chippy in the area.

Yanni’s Fish and Chips

Where: 31-33 Lord Street

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Voted as one of the best fish and chip shops in Liverpool by ECHO readers, Yanni’s is renowned for its fresh and perfectly cooked fish.

The Cyprus-born owner, Yanni, has worked in chip chops for almost 16 years so he’s a bit of a chippy connoisseur.

His famous shop serves large portions and even though everything is cooked fresh to order, the waiting time is usually less than ten minutes.

Lobster Pot

Where: 19 Ranelagh Street and Whitechapel

The Lobster Pot do fish and chips the traditional way, piping hot, smothered in salt and vinegar, wrapped in paper and made to be eaten outdoors with a wooden fork.

The fish is fresh and locally sourced, the chips are chunky, the mushy peas are glorious and they even have environmentally friendly packaging, this shop is dedicated to pleasing its customers.

It’s open until 2am every day, so many an ale-fuelled night has ended with a hearty helping of fish and chips from the Lobster.

For classic chippy food and a choice of how your fish is battered, the Lobster Pot is the number one destination.

Chris’s Chippy

Where: Rose Lane

A chippy that has truly stood the test of time, Chris’s serves classic fish and chips the way you would have had them as a child.

It’s one of the most renowned and loved chip shops in Liverpool, Chris’s is listed as one of the best places to satisfy your chippy tea cravings.

There are numerous glowing reviews from people that used to feast on Chris’s fish and chips in the 80’s and still go back now.

Pubs

The Hub Alehouse and Kitchen

Where: 16 Hanover Street

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Set in a beautiful Grade II listed building, the Hub is a great place to enjoy traditional pub grub in a glorious setting.

In the heart of Liverpool’s restaurant scene, this pub serves home-cooked fare made using the best ingredients sourced from local suppliers in the city, as well as from farms across Cheshire.

The freshly cooked fish is encased with cask ale batter and served with proper chips, mushy peas and of course a dollop of tartar sauce.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with a good ale or two.

The Blackburne Pub and Eatery

Where: 24 Catharine Street 

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A relaxed and traditional eatery serving delicious fresh food in the centre of Liverpool, the Blackburne specialises in hearty comfort food.

Located in the beautiful Georgian Quarter in a gorgeous Georgian building, this popular pub serves traditional fish and chips that have proved to be a favourite in the city.

The fish is one of the biggest you’ll see in any restaurant; it hangs off the plate! This relative whale is served with a mixture of chip and sautéed potatoes with the familiar bright green of mushy peas.

Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Where: 36 Hope Street

When it comes to impressive pubs, they don’t come more eye-catching than The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on Hope Street.

The Victorian style pub, opened in 1898, features magnificent wrought iron and copper gates near the entrance and boasts the only grade II-listed men’s toilets in the country.

Upstairs from the lively pub are the dining rooms, which serve traditional pub grub in a restaurant style setting.

The menu is packed with tributes to William Nicholson, a distiller, politician, cricket player, benefactor and founder of the pub.

You won’t be disappointed with Nicholson’s fish and chips, line-caught cod fillet hand battered in Nicholson’s pale ale and served with triple-cooked chips, samphire tartar sauce and minted mushy peas.

The Clove Hitch

Where: 23 Hope Street

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Tucked away amongst the Georgian terraces of Hope Street, a stone’s throw from the Philharmonic hall, this bar and bistro has established itself as one of Liverpool’s top eateries.

Serving up fresh, seasonal British cuisine in a relaxed, classy setting The Clove Hitch prides itself on its commitment to local, high quality produce.

The fish and chips are something to rave about and you can get them for just £12 with a drink!

Outside there is a walled garden with pretty fairy lights and in the basement, a secret gem of a bar, The 23 Club. A bourbon bar with a speakeasy feel to it, there is an awe inspiring selection of craft beers and cask ales on offer.

The Pump House

Where: Hartley Quay

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Built in 1870, the Pump House is a cosy traditional pub with an unmissable Grade II listed tower set on the edge of Hartley Quay.

With stunning views out over the Mersey, the Pump House serves a menu of timeless British classics, including a range of different fish and chip options including their ‘Ultimate Fish and Chips’. This features chunky, hand-battered cod fillet served with chips, mushy or garden peas, pickled onions, bread & butter, curry sauce and tartare sauce.

It’s a great place to stop for a pint or a meal in the sun and watch the visiting ships sail by.

The Monro

Where: 92 Duke Street

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An historic Liverpool gastro pub situated just a short walk from the vibrancy of Liverpool One, The Monro is renowned for serving some of the best food in the city.

Boasting home-cooked style food in a cosy setting, this pub opened in 2003 and has grown in popularity year after year.

The portions are sizeable and the prices are reasonable given the quality of the food and presentation.

Restaurants

Hanover Street Social

Where: 16-20 Hanover Street

The Hanover Street Social is a large, modern brasserie in the centre of Liverpool, listed in the Good Food Guide for its outstanding cuisine.

With a modern brasserie meets urban warehouse feel, this truly is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat, a spot for socialising or of course tucking into a tasty helping of fish and chips.

The brainchild of the owners of the hugely successful Salt House Tapas, Hanover Street Social makes you feel at home as soon as you enter.

The food is lovingly prepared, presented and sourced, plus the fish chips are as traditional as you can get.

The Italian Fish Club

Where: 128 Bold Street

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The sister venture of The Italian Club further down Bold Street, the Italian Club Fish is a stylish restaurant that fuses British and Italian influences with a Scottish twist.

Every dish is freshly prepared, so it may take a little longer for your food to arrive, but it is well worth the wait.

The basis of their cooking, is extra virgin oil, freshly prepared vegetables and fish stocks, that render the dishes light and healthy.

The fish and chips are really tasty and you can also do your bit in saving cod by ordering the equally yummy battered coley.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Victoria Street

Why not go for something a bit different with the Bastion Bar, set in the luxurious Shankly Hotel, this swanky destination is perfect for those seeking a bit of sophistication.

The offer a beautifully presented modern take on fish and chips, that doesn’t cut down on portion sizes.

Enjoy your meal as you immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Bill Shankly within this striking restaurant. Gain a unique insight into the legendary football manager’s life, viewing his personal typewriter, reading letters to and from his fans and take a look at his OBE, plus many more. The ultimate football experience in Liverpool.

Each dish can be complemented by our wide drinks selection, which includes ice cold beers, tasty cocktails and a variety of spirits, each created by our talented mixologists.

Jam

Where: 7-11 Sir Thomas Street

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A perfect venue for quick lunch, Jam Restaurant is a pretty little independent eatery and bar that fuses casual dining and gourmet classics served in contemporary surroundings.

It specialises in tea and offers lucky diners a choice of over 25 different varieties, however their fish and chips are one of the most unique you’ll find in Liverpool.

The chips are so thick they’re almost full potatoes, but they are still gloriously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the fish is always fresh and incredibly crispy, minted mushy peas on the side and you get your tartar sauce in a cute little jam jar.

This wonderfully charming restaurant is a brilliant place to relax with a cup of tea and yummy traditional meal.

Smugglers Cove

Where: Albert Dock

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For the ultimate swashbuckling experience get yourself down to the heart of the historic Albert Dock and seek out the famous Smugglers Cove.

The 19th century listed building, formerly a spice warehouse, is famous for its 151 premium and rare assortments of rum including spiced, white, gold, dark and overproof.

However, they also serve some great food in very imaginative ways. The large fish and chips come in a wooden barrel style bowl with the peas resting on a shell.

It’s a great place for a seafaring-themed evening.

Moon and Pea

Where: Lark Lane

The Moon & Pea has been serving delicious, freshly cooked, traditional food for 8 years now and it’s remained a firm favourite for Lark Lane locals and beyond.

They serve uncomplicated, homemade comfort food in a bric-a-brac style interior that feels like it could be someone’s living room.

The fish and chips are a highlight of the menu, served on a newspaper sheet declaring the ‘catch of the day’, Moon and Pea’s ‘posh’ fish and chips are very traditional. The fresh cod is battered to order and served with very chunky chips and a minted pea puree.

It’s always busy so it’s a good idea to book in advance.

Maritime Dining Rooms

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

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The Maritime Dining Room offers unrivalled views of the Albert Dock and historic Liverpool Waterfront from the top floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Their seasonal menu focuses on locally sourced, modern regional food, combining classic flavours with stylish presentation.

It’s a brilliant restaurant for the whole family and the restaurant embraces the heritage of the venue.

The fish and chips are about as traditional as you can get and the portions are huge, so won’t leave hungry.

The Old Blind School

Where: 24 Hardman Street

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A grade II listed and iconic building, The Old Blind School is a stylish and rustic style restaurant that stands proudly on Hardman Street just a stone’s throw from the Philharmonic Hall and Everyman theatre.

The menu combines British classics with sharing boards, roasts, towering burgers and traditional fish and chips.

Drinks include speciality cask ales and an extensive wine list, with many served by the glass.

 

With a quirky interior that features dog portraits, typewriters on the walls and mismatched chairs, The Old Blind School has a distinctly homely feel and is the perfect setting to tuck into your fish and chips.

Clockworks

Where: 11 Wolstenholme Square

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One of Liverpool’s newest restaurants, Clockworks is a hidden gem on Wolstenholme Square that specialises in hearty food, ales and signature cocktails.

Housed in an historic building, the interior stays true to its past. With the combination of exposed red brick, steel and iron they have managed to create a comfortable and unique look back into a twisted industrial era.

The fish and chips are served on a wooden board with mushy peas, tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon. The way it should be.

If you’re in need of of a drink after enjoying your salty treat check out our best cocktail bars guide

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Katie is a journalism and English graduate who loves to write about anything from music, film, literature and events, to the best places in Liverpool to grab a bite to eat or a cocktail.

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