A few months ago I asked my Instagram followers to send me all their favourite Fish & Chip takeaways in Cornwall.
I had loads of suggestions from people all across the county (and further afield!) listing their favourite fish & chip places for a Cornish summer evening. I could have taken these recommendations and written up a round-up post using that information…
But I didn’t stop there.
Over the last few months we have genuinely been touring around the county trying each one of the recommendations sent to me (including shops with at least 3 people recommending them) to see how good they REALLY are! Yes, that’s right, we’ve tried ALL of these – this isn’t just another round-up post using Google as research, we did official scientific research with our own tastebuds.
Am I sick of Fish & Chips by now?
Fish and chips (if you didn’t know) is a British delicacy that dates back to 1860, reaching peak popularity in the 1930s here in England. Fish & chips were were some of the few foods that weren’t subject to rationing in both World Wars, so it very much became a staple. Nowadays you can buy them in restaurants or takeaways across the country, but my TOP recommendation would be to enjoy a box on the coast at your nearest beach, with plenty of vinegar and of course one of those little wooden forks…
Anyway, on to the list of official best fish and chips shops in Cornwall – as voted for by Instagram (and then finalised by Alex and myself!):
Mariners Fish & Chips in Penryn
Dubbed ‘a modern day fish & chips’, I can see why Mariners came up again and again in my vote on Instagram. Not only were the classic fish & chips delicious and super fresh, they also offer a range of other tasty seafood snacks too – including Japanese panko king prawns, squid, and homemade fish cakes.
Standard Cod & Chips = £7.30
Large Cod & Chips = £8.60
Rick Steins Fish & Chips in Padstow
Famous throughout Cornwall and the UK, you can’t deny that Rick Stein’s fish and chips are pretty damn good! They also offer lots of other great seafood (including battered oysters – yum!). The only reason they don’t get joint first place is because they’re super expensive.
Cod & Chips = £14.45
Sole Plaice Fish & Chips in Truro
Sole Plaice was Alex’s local fish & chips growing up, but actually everyone we’ve spoken to in Truro rates it as the best in the area. The best thing? It’s super cheap and the portions are very generous.
Cod & Chips = £7.35
Morrish’s Fish & Chips in Redruth
Despite having lived so nearby for years, I only visited Morrish’s for the first time a couple of months ago. It’s tasty and the cheapest of the options we tried – and we’ve ended up going back since trying it so it must have been pretty good! If you love a classic, big-portion of fish & chips that won’t break the bank, this is a great choice.
Standard Cod & Chips = £7.00
Large Cod & Chips = £7.70
Harbour Lights Fish & Chips in Falmouth
Everyone seems to love Harbour Lights, and I’ve got some fond memories of their fish and chips from years ago. I used to say this was my favourite fish & chip takeaway but when we went to test it we were both a bit disappointed. Perhaps I’d bigged it up too much in my head, or perhaps they were having an ‘off’ day, but the batter was a bit soggy and the chips just weren’t how I remembered them!
They’re still going up here though because I know they’re loved by many, and I’m definitely keen to give them a second chance and report back…
Standard Cod & Chips = £7.60
Large Cod & Chips = £11.95