While Bristol isn’t exactly a seaside town, being so close to the coast makes it a great plaice for fresh fish! The city is chokka with chippies. And full of fish ready to be coated in some good ol’ batter, served with mushy peas and lashings of salt and vinegar – or curry sauce if that’s more your style. With so much choice, finding the best spots in Bristol for fish and chips can be difficult. From the classic ‘seaside’ style chippies to the ultra sofishticated restaurants, these are some of Bristol’s best fish and chip shops.
1. Salt & Malt
With branches by Chew Valley Lake and in Bristol’s food hub that is Wapping Wharf, Salt & Malt serves up stunning small plates with the sea being the star of the show. Choose from sophisticated dishes such as smoked mackerel croquettes with leek mayo; seabass ceviche, fennel and burnt lime mayo; curried crab garlic naan bread; oysters; and sourdough with seaweed butter.
Salt & Malt of course also serve up the classic fish and chips for you to enjoy in their restaurant or takeaway, however we’ve got our eye on their curried battered cod in a bun served with pickles, tartare sauce and chips, of course.
Salt & Malt, Chew Valley Lake, Walley Lane, BS40 8XS
Cargo 2, Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WD
2. Argus Fish Bar
Head south of the river for this chippy. Highly rated by locals, Argus Fish Bar sits amongst the numerous takeaway shops on West Street and is your typical, proper chippy, with bread and butter, pies, and bloomin’ good fish and chips with thick gravy, mushy peas and more on offer. The chippy is pretty down to earth and tends to have a queue, particularly on Fridays, so be prepared to wait for that glorious chippy dinner.
Argus Fish Bar, 114 West Street, Bedminster, BS3 3LR
3. Catch 22
Not only are the fish and chips gorgeous here but so is the shopfront! Located in a four-storey high building on College Green, Catch 22 has impressive bay windows and menu. It also boasts some great plant-based dishes including their ‘vish’ made with banana blossom, marinated in samphire, seaweed and lemon and served with a vegan version of tartare sauce.
Plus, they also serve vegan pea fritters and battered mushrooms too. Catch 22 also happens to be a five-minute walk from Bristol Hippodrome makes us perfect for a pre or post-show meal.
Catch 22, 38 College Green, BS1 5SP
This chippy is a cult fave among Clifton dwellers. Their fresh, traditional fish and chips have locals absolutely drooling. Bristolians travel from far and wide for just a taste of their crispy batter then head to Clifton Downs to tuck in with the iconic bridge in view.
If you’re after something a little different, Clifton Village Fish Bar even serves up panko-coated squid rings and seafood basket if you can’t quite decide what to choose. If you can’t get yourself to this chippy, there’s always Stoke Bishop Fish Bar also run by the same owners.
Clifton Village Fish Bar, 4 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, BS8 4BP
Another traditional chip shop, serving up the ever-classic battered cod or haddock. As well as a few alternative options such as banana blossom, vegan battered sausage, fishless fingers, mac n cheese bites and mushroom dippers.
They even have brie wedges on their menu! Plus, we’ve never seen such an extensive fritter menu. From your classic spam or pea fritter to unique chicken curry or cheese and onion fritter. You’ll have to venture a little bit out of the city centre for this one but the journey is definitely worth it.
Clock Tower Fish Bar, 84 Regent Street, Kingswood, BS15 8HU
Another Bedminster spot, Fishminster prides itself on offering sustainably caught, beer-battered fish and chips on North Street. While noticeably more modern than most fish and chip shops in Bristol, it still maintains the simplicity of Britain’s favourite meal. You have a choice between cod, pollock, plaice and haddock, with smaller bites of scampi, whitebait and calamari available. While veggies should be eyeing up the battered halloumi with chilli jam.
Fishminster, 267 North St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JN