This Famous British Comfort Food is Awesome in Blackpool
Growing up in England, I ate fish and chips, Britain’s national dish, at least twice a week. Then, as a child on holiday in Blackpool in north England, my family and I would eat them for lunch or dinner often as they were cheap and delicious. So, it was with great delight last month on my latest trip to Blackpool, I saw how many fish and chip shops still remain. In fact, Blackpool now has some of the best shops in northern England serving fresh fish and home cut chips.
The most famous, and many say the best, fish and chip shop in Blackpool, The Cottage first opened its doors in the 1920s. Fifty years ago, my great-grandmother used to eat fish and chips from The Cottage and, in 2011, I can still do the same.
The Cottage serves superbly fresh fish and their own home cut chips, not the frozen ready-cut kind served by some Blackpool shops. They also serve a wide variety of fish from the typical cod to hake, plaice, cat fish, Dover sole and even sea bass and octopus. Chips are cut fresh on site and are only cut from British potatoes and, if you’re a mushy pea lover like me, you’ll go away dreaming of The Cottage’s mushy peas, they’re really that amazing. Their curry sauce too is incredible and a superb addition on top of a large portion of chips.
The Cottage is located in an old whitewashed ‘cottage’, where you can either eat in, sitting at one of their pinewood tables, or grab a typical British takeaway and eat them at home.
Look for The Cottage at 31 Newhouse Road, Marton in Blackpool
Seniors Fish and Chip Restaurant – One of not only Blackpool’s best fish and chip shops, but now talked about as one of the best in the country, Seniors serves the best fish meals at dirt cheap prices.
Located on Normoss Road, just a couple of minutes from all of Blackpool’s famous attractions, Seniors serves 15 different kinds of fish and has a massive menu including cheeseburgers, calamari and scampi.
Seniors also specializes in what they call ‘Square Meals’. These are smaller meals that come with chips and a side order, for a very cheap price. For only £4 ($6.40), you can get fish and chips, steak and kidney pudding, pies or sausage and chips.
For an inexpensive lunch or tea (dinner), head to Seniors for both its sit-in restaurant or takeaway meals, and also check out their branches in nearby Lytham and Thornton. They’re both lovely too.
Seniors is in a large restaurant facility at 106 Normoss Road, Blackpool
Harry Ramsdens – You can’t think about Blackpool’s best fish and chip shops without including Harry Ramsdens. England’s largest and most famous fish and chip chain with 35 restaurans, Harry Ramsdens is often the first place people go if they want a meal that’s consistently excellent no matter which branch you eat at.
In Blackpool, you’ll find Harry Ramsdens in the best location in town. Right next to the world-famous Blackpool Tower and the North Pier and with lovely views out over the promenade and ocean.
Start off with a bowl of soup, shrimp cocktail or an order of Cajun prawns. Then onto their traditional fish and chips or, if you’re really hungry, a Harry’s Big Fish Challenge (Giant cod or haddock with all the sides). For dessert, don’t miss Harry’s sticky toffee pudding or a slice of cheesecake, and wash it all down with a glass of red wine or a beer (yes, Harry’s is a bit more upscale than some other Blackpool fish and chip shops).
Harry Ramsden’s is easy to find on Blackpool’s promenade, next to Blackpool Tower. You might also want to book online, if you know when you’re going, as it gets very busy and I’d hate you to have to wait.