The best fish and chips in Norfolk and Suffolk?

For a taste of the British seaside, nothing beats fish and chips. Hot crispy batter containing white puff fish and a pile of perfectly cooked fries. Add a few mashed peas and a healthy dollop of tartar sauce, plus a generous sprinkle of salt and vinegar, and you have a plate or platter of food heaven right there.

Pair that with a great view of the coast, the smell of sea air and the shining sun, and you’ve hit the jackpot. We love our fish and chips! Did you know that we eat 382 million fish and chip meals every year in Britain.

With our beautiful long coastline, Norfolk and Suffolk have such a variety of places to enjoy being by the sea, and many of them also have great fish and chip shops. So how do you choose which one to try?

A good place to start is the Guide to Quality Fish and Chips Shops, from the National Fish Fryers Federation (NFFF) in conjunction with Sarson’s Vinegar. It is updated annually and the current guide includes fish and chips that are part of the NFFF quality accreditation program.

In our region there are five fantastic ones:

French is in Wells.
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French fishmonger, The Quay, Wells, Norfolk NR23 1AH

French’s has just celebrated 100 years of frying fish and chips in Wells and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. William French started the business in 1921, after serving in the First World War. The shop is positioned on the quay 20 meters from the sea, and offers a picturesque view of the port and the marshes.

My plaice Fish and Chips in Gorleston.

My plaice Fish and Chips in Gorleston.
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My Plaice Fish & Chips, Baker Street, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 6QT

This establishment prides itself on offering some of the tastiest fish and chips in the UK, made with freshly prepared ingredients and all fish cooked to order.

Lucy's Fish and Chip Shop Norwich Market

Lucy’s Fish and Chip Shop in Norwich Market
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Lucy’s Fish & Chips, Norwich Market, Norfolk NR2 1ND

Traditional fish and chips – and more, including vegan variants with a separate kitchen area – are on offer at this super stall in Norwich’s award-winning market. Run by twin brothers Barclay and Kingston Gray, Lucy’s is in row B for seating and row C for food and is open from 10.30am to 4pm.

Platten's Fish & Chips in Wells.

Platten’s Fish & Chips in Wells.
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Fish and Chips Trays, The Quay, Wells, Norfolk NR23 1AH

Also making the most of Wells Quay’s charming location, Plattens has been producing quality fish and chips capturing the essence of the area’s spectacular coastal scenery since 1966.

Ozzie Bozdag, owner of CodFellas in Ipswich.

Ozzie Bozdag, owner of CodFellas in Ipswich.
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CodFellas of Ipswich, Greenfinch Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 6SQ

Owner Ozzie Bozdag has 17 years’ experience in the food trade and his business Chantry was named Fish and Chips Shop of the Year for Suffolk at the London and South East Prestige Awards in 2021, as well as the Gold Seal of the Good Food 2021 Awards.

That’s good food!

Eric’s Fish and Chips in Norfolk has just become the first chippy to feature in the Good Food Guide, produced in the UK for 70 years!

Eric Snaith inside Eric's Fish and Chips in Thornham which was reviewed by Giles Coren Photo:

Eric Snaith inside Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham.
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The guide’s inspector in Thornham wrote: ‘Sparklingly fresh plaice, in local ale batter and fried to crispy perfection in beef gravy, was the star of a recent meal, deftly accompanied by thick chips and peas (soaked and homemade). Praise also the halloumi and spinach arancini and the lollipop pudding of the fried ball of cookie dough, enveloping in melted chocolate… All in all, a commendable update on British seaside cafe.”

Eric’s Fish and Chips also received the stamp of approval from renowned critic Giles Coren and was recently named one of the top 10 restaurants by Fry Magazine.

Eric Snaith is the chef owner of Titchwell Manor Hotel in North Norfolk. In 2015 he expanded his portfolio to open Eric’s Fish & Chips restaurant and takeaway in the nearby village of Thornham. Eric’s celebrates great British classics with a few modern twists and it’s proven so popular that in 2019 two more Eric’s Fish and Chip restaurants were launched – in Holt in North Norfolk and St Ives in Cambridgeshire. Eric’s Fish & Chips also has a range of homemade bottled sauces for sale.

Eric says: “As the home of Eric’s, we are delighted to see an entry into the Good Food Guide as another point of recognition for our team and their continued efforts to produce the highest quality fish and chips, alongside to our friendly and relaxed service.”

It’s in his blood!

If you’ve ever been to the Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich you’ll know why it gets rave reviews for both its food and its ‘ambience’, one of the city’s longstanding chip shops that has been artfully refurbished into a funky fish. and the chip “cave” run by owners Duane Dibartolomeo and Christian Motta, with a menu that includes mackerel, tuna, calamari and salmon along with more traditional dishes.

Christian Motta with fish and chips from his Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich.

Christian Motta with fish and chips from Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich.
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So what’s their secret to great fish and chips?

Christian says, “I’ve always believed in buying the best quality and not worrying about the price. I know times are tough right now, but I don’t want to sacrifice quality for price, especially the quality of fish and potatoes.

“I don’t believe in soaking potatoes overnight and preservatives etc, but I think one of the most important things is changing your pans of oil every other day.

“I also think cooking to order makes a difference. When fish wasn’t so expensive, people cooked batches, but now everyone says they cook fish to order, and even if customers have to wait six or seven minutes plus they know their fish is freshly cooked for them.”

So, after a day at the Grosvenor Fish Bar, can Christian tackle a plate of fish and chips himself? You bet!

“I can’t help it,” he says. “I was born above a chip shop in Stafford Street so it’s in my blood and I’ve never been able to wean myself off chips and it must always be a good big cod for me.”

A little better dough

Have you tried some of those great fish and chip shops around the Norfolk and Suffolk coast?

Fish and chips by the sea,

Can you resist fish and chips by the sea?
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Fishers, Greevegate, Hunstanton – named one of the country’s top 10 fish and chips for 2022 by The Sunday Times

Mary Jane’s Fish Bar, Garden Street, Cromer – the queues that regularly line the pavement outside are testament to its popularity.

No.1 Cromer, New Street, Cromer – By chef Galton Blackiston, also owner of the Michelin star award winning Morston Hall.

Grelly’s Fish and Chips, Marine Parade, Gt Yarmouth – good sized portions cooked just yards from the beach.

Sole Bay Fish Company, Southwold – There’s the original harborside restaurant, fishmonger and takeaway, and its sister company in Southwold town, The Little Fish and Chip Shop.

Which is your favourite?

It’s up to you to tell us your favorite fish and chips – we can’t wait to hear your recommendations and try them for ourselves! Email [email protected]

Fish and Chips close up with a slice of lemon with beach in background

Where is your favorite place for fish and chips?
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