12 of the best fish and chip shops in Essex
PUBLISHED: 14:20 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:51 05 May 2020
Fish and Chips has for a long time been a British staple, the go to meal for Friday nights after work complete with all of your favourite extras from mushy peas to curry sauce. Here are our favourite places to get some scrumptious battered cod and chips
1) West Mersea Oyster Bar, Mersea Island
West Mersea Oyster Bar has been providing the people of Mersea Island with top quality fresh fish and seafood for years. Despite its primary role as an oyster bar they also serve a cracking fish and chips and a stunning selection of fresh seafood.
We recommend enjoying a delicious battered fillet of fresh cod with home cut chips, mushy peas and their very own in house tartar sauce.
2) Chris' Fish & Chips, Rayleigh
Chris' Fish & Chips Restaurant in Rayleigh is hailed by many of the locals as being one of the best in the area. Serving deliciously crisp, lightly battered fish with large portions of chips there is nothing here not to like.
Chris' is doing so well in fact that it recently opened another branch in Brentwood. All of the food is cooked fresh to order so although there may be a slight wait, it will definitely be worth it.
3) Pisces Fish Bar, Wickford
This family-run fish and chip shop in Wickfor always puts the customer first.
Although it's not a sit down restaurant, the portions are large and the prices are fair, meaning this will have to be one chippy you'll have to enjoy at your own table or in front of the telly.
4) Fisherman's Wharf, Southend-on-Sea
Boasting spectacular views of the estuary and serving great seafood dishes, this traditional family restaurant is perched right on the Southend seafront.
The traditional fish and chips off the menu comes with a choice of cod, plaice, haddock or skate all fried in a delicious, golden batter. Please note that they are currently going through an extensive rebuild and are due to reopen in the summer of 2019. Check the link above for updates.
5) Oldham's Fish Restaurant, Westcliff-on-Sea
Oldham's in Westcliff is a family owned restaurant that has been serving its community since 1967. Their philosophy is simple: use the best quality fish and potatoes and cook them fresh.
They have a reputation for serving consistently fantastic food with excellent customer service, and their over-the-counter menu is extensive with plenty of tasty extras to choose from.
6) Islanders Fish Restaurant, Canvey Island
Islanders has been a part of Canvey Island for over 30 years and has only recently undergone a complete refurbishment to give it a fresh new look. With extensive menus for both eating in and takeaway there is plenty for diners to choose from.
Take your pick from a selection of fish such as cod, rainbow trout, haddock and many more then choose between having it either fried in batter or grilled.
7) Louis Fish Bar, Canvey Island
Another community favourite in Canvey Island, Louis Fish Bar has been in the same family since 1982 serving delicious fresh fish and chips to the area.
Their philosophy towards food is about giving their customers the best quality, traditional fish and chips every time they visit. All of their fish is purchased from sustainable sources and fried in high quality, pure groundnut oil.
8) Churchill's Fish & Chips, Chelmsford
Churchill's takes pride in its British roots: with a fleet of stores based all over the country, they're passionate about serving superb fish and chips to the people of Britain. Being a successful business for 90 years doesn't happen easily, and Churchill's have accomplished it by sticking to their strong core of beliefs.
Using high quality ingredients, always cooking food from fresh, and caring about their customers. The Chelmsford store is a recent addition to the team with free Wi-Fi and a new pre-order and collect option for diners.
9) Spa Fish & Chips, Witham
Spa Fish and Chips is both a fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway in Witham. It serves a great range of battered fish from cod to plaice and skate with all being reasonably priced.
For those in the mood for something a little different they also serve fried chicken, burgers and an extensive Chinese food menu.
10) The Fish House, Southend-on-Sea
A family-run business and somewhat of an institution in Southend-on-Sea, The Fish House is the place to go if you're searching for traditional fish and chips in the area.
Whether sitting in or taking away, the food is reasonably priced and cooked fresh in house. There's an impressive selection of extras to go with your meal such as pickled eggs, pickled onions, curry sauce, mushy peas and even onion juice!
11) Henley's Fish & Chips, Colchester
Winner of The National Fish & Chips Awards in 2017, Henleys in Colchester are committed to bringing their customers the very best fish and chips possible.
They strive to ensure that all of their fish is sourced sustainably and their produce is sourced locally. The menu is extensive with a huge selection of meat and fish such as cod, plaice, fried chicken, pies, burger and even ribs.
12) Ideal Fish Bar, Leigh-on-Sea
Ideal Fish Bar in Leigh-on-Sea is known locally for serving tasty food at great prices. The menu is large and caters to all different kinds of tastes with fish, chicken, sausage, burgers, pies and ribs as well as a strong selection of extras.
Diners now have the option of ordering online for delivery or collection, allowing you to relax at home and have your fish and chips delivered straight to your door.