Summer’s coming, and that means fish & chips. Whether it’s all about the mushy peas, or mayo instead of ketchup, we’ve put together a list of our favourites across the network for you to enjoy.

  1. Poppie's, Camden & Soho
    This retro-leaning chip shop, with its traditional fluffy chips wrapped in an ersatz newspaper, does its best to recreate that golden age of fish and chips in post-war Britain. The fish come direct from Billingsgate, so freshness guaranteed – and with a lovely crispy batter, it’s worth trying. Head to London Waterloo, and north on the Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus. From there it’s just 5 minutes to 55 Old Compton Street.
  2. Fisherman’s Kitchen, Southsea
    Ian and Gary set up trendy takeaway-restaurant The Fisherman’s Kitchen in 2017, and it’s gone from strength to strength. With their healthier take on fish and chips, as well as variety – including a divine Malaysian seafood curry – this is one not to miss. Just a mile away from Portsmouth & Southsea station at 4 Clarendon Road. You can walk or grab the number 3 or 23 bus to make it in 20 minutes.
  3. Ashley’s Fish and Chips, New Milton
    One of the runners for the 2014 Telegraph Best Fish and Chips award, Ashley’s is a local favourite in New Milton. A true old-school chippie, offering everything from filo prawns to traditional cod to (wait for it) battered Crème Eggs. Old Green Parade is just 15 minutes’ walk from New Milton station.
  4. Hartleys Fish and Chips, Hartley Wintney
    A bit more off-the-beaten-path, this one, but Hartley Wintney – less than 10 minutes by taxi from Winchfield – hosts Hartleys Fish and Chips. The team here have 25 years of experience in serving up seafood, and people are coming from as far afield to enjoy the food. The batter is described as “light as a feather”. Head to 484 High Street, Hartley Wintney to enjoy the team’s wares.
  5. Lakeside, Poole
    Now this fish supper comes with a view to admire. Looking straight out over Holes Bay, and with an upmarket vibe, Lakeside’s won “Dorset’s best fish and chip shop” several times. Barents Sea Cod is pride of the menu here, as well as line-caught Haddock. Plus, being located on Lifeboat Quay means it’s just 5 minutes’ walk from Poole station – ideal after a day at the beach.
  6. Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth
    A proper seaside chippy. Named one of the UK’s 10 Best Fish and Chip Restaurants, Fish 'n' Fritz's secret recipe for their batter is recognised as a national favourite. The team work hard to source the freshest ingredients – and it shows. Head to Market Street, 10 minutes from Weymouth station on foot. Make it a takeaway and eat it on Custom House Quay to admire the ships.
  7. Chez Fred Fish and Chips, Westbourne
    A favourite of Jools Holland, and even visited by Jack Black, Chez Fred was founded in 1989 by father-and-son team Peter and Fred Capel. Chefs hand-prepare sustainably sourced fish with their own-recipe batter for lightness. Queues can be out-the-door in the evening – so head early. Just a mile’s walk from Branksome station will get you to 10 Seamoor Road.

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