You’ve only had the full British experience once you’ve visited a seaside town and devoured a takeaway from a local fish and chip shop.
Flaky fish in golden batter, with crispy chips and mushy peas on the side - there’s nowhere better to feast on Britain’s favourite dish than right by the sea in Newquay where the fish is all fresh, fresh, fresh and the views are ten out of ten. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the chippies here, so we’ve whittled it down to five of the tastiest takeaways in Newquay and my COD, are they delicious.
Crispy but fluffy chips along with light, golden batter and lashings of spicy curry sauce is what puts Flounders on Newquay’s chippy map (and that’s not mentioning the perfectly cooked fish). The staff at Flounders say that they only close up shop for the night when no one wants anymore, meaning that it’s more than likely to be open for those wanting a late night (over) indulgence.
Distance from hostel: 7 minute walk
This typically British chip shop is well-loved for its mouth watering fillet of fish in thin, crispy batter with mushy peas to die for and some of the tastiest chips in town. You might find yourself waiting a few minutes for your meal to be cooked at Truscotts, but that only means that it’s being cooked fresh to be extra delicious, and the generous portion sizes could be enough to feed two!
Distance from hostel: 1 minute walk
3. Harbour Fish and Grill
The Harbour Fish and Grill isn’t so much a ‘classic chippy’ takeaway but more a ‘classy chippy’ restaurant for the days where you fancy something a little more, well, fancy. This seaside favourite serves up some of the best fish dishes in Newquay for seriously reasonable prices, and their classic fish and chips option is no different. The fish, lobster and crab is caught fresh from the harbour which is within perfect view of the restaurant. The Harbour Fish and Grill is great for an evening of finer dining, but it’s well-worth visiting for lunch to take in the views of Newquay’s breathtaking coastline, too.
Distance from hostel: 5 minute walk
4. Harbour Chippy
You’ll often find a queue outside the Harbour Chippy on a Friday evening, and all for good reason. Head over to the harbour for a simple but super generous portion of juicy cod and delicious, non-greasy chips - even their small portions are enormous! Eat in or get a takeaway and wander down to the harbour to feast while you watch the boats come in and see the sun go down. You’ll fall in love not only with the food, but Newquay’s special views as well.
Distance from hostel: 1 minute walk
5. The Cod End
Dine in with a gorgeous sea view from their patio, or grab a takeaway and wander a few minutes down to the Great Western beach to feast on one of the best portions of cod and chips in town. You can even enjoy a Cornish lager with your meal if you choose to eat in. The Cod End’s melt in the mouth batter remains a strictly secret family recipe which, paired with such an affordable price tag, makes it no wonder that travellers and local regulars choose to come here to satisfy their fishy cravings every time!
Distance from hostel: 12 minute walk
6. Rick Stein Fistral
Most Brits will have heard of Rick Stein, the TV chef who made his name from his gourmet seafood recipes. He owns a number of restaurants in Cornwall and they are all amazing. Lucky for you, one of these can be found looking right over Fistral beach and it’s definitely worth visiting for your seafood fix. It has a beautiful large terrace where you can eat overlooking the sea. Rick’s fish and chips will come with his famous tartare sauce which is just to die for.
Distance from hostel: 10 minute walk