The best fish and chip shops in Devon holiday cottages

The best fish and chip shops in Devon

Jemima Kirkwood 09 December 2020

During any self-catering holiday, there will be nights where you just don’t want to cook, and whilst eating out in pubs and restaurants can be a real treat, sometimes a chippy with a good view or curled up on the couch is all you want – especially if you are staying in a lovely cottage.

Devon boasts a huge amount of fish and chip shops which are dotted throughout the county waiting to draw you in with delicious smells of battered fish and hand-cut chips. Whether you have been out for long walks, had a full day on the beach or been adventuring in the wilderness, the fish and chip shops offer a quick and delicious service when it comes to filling up your tummy. Freshly caught fish from the Devon shores are battered up and served over a steaming hot portion of chips, or you may opt for a burger, sausage or chicken breast -  whatever you pick, it’s bound to be a treat!

Here are some of the best fish and chip shops in Devon; we have sought out the best just for you some of which offer vegan and gluten-free menus too. Discover them today…

Fish and chips in North Devon 

North Devon is best known for its gorgeous coastline where beaches and coves are plentiful and there are lots of opportunities to get out and experience new things – everything from water sports to rockpooling! Exmoor is full of beautiful walking trails and wildlife, including the famous Exmoor ponies, and of course the Tarka Trail is there for anyone looking for a challenge. What better way to re-fuel after your adventure? Fish and chips! Here are some of our favourite fish and chip shops in North Devon…

The Pelican Fish and Chips – Barnstaple, EH31 2BX. Voted the ‘Best Fish and Chip Restaurant’ by the National Fish and Chip Awards (2018) this beloved establishment is set in the popular town of Barnstaple in North Devon. They think sustainably and buy wild-caught fish and farmed fish from responsibly managed fisheries, and they are the only fish and chip shop in Devon to be awarded the MSC certification! So if you are conscious about where your food comes from, this is the place for you. 

Squires Fish Restaurant – Braunton, EX33 2JL. Squires prides itself on doing the classic British dish of fish and chips proud and is considered by many to be the best fish restaurant in North Devon. Here you will find delicious fish including cod, plaice and haddock which you can accompany with mushy peas or gherkins. You will also get the good old classics like scampi, burgers and chicken too. With lots of vegan and vegetarian options too, there is something to suit everyone! 

Seahorse Fish and Chips – Northam, EX39 1BS. This is a friendly, traditional fish and chip shop set in the town of Northam in North Devon. Take a walk in the Northam Burrows Country Park and then pop by here to fill up on a scrumptious meal. They have a great choice of fresh fish on the menu and we have heard their handmade fishcakes are pretty good too. The kids will love the children’s meal box where they have a choice of meal, chips and a drink. 

Mr Chips – Bideford, EX39 2HW. Mr Chips is a fun and characterful fish and chip shop based in the busy tourist town of Bideford. As well as a takeaway, there is also a restaurant so if your legs feel tired you can opt to sit in too. Battered and grilled cod and haddock are popular on the menu but there are also burgers, sausages, pies and chicken options up for grabs too. You’ll go mad for the range of desserts too and they even have their own Mr Chips branded Amber Ale! 

Come and stay in our North Devon holiday cottages and experience these amazing fish and chip shops for yourself!

Fish and chips in South Devon 

Whether you’re looking to escape to unspoilt countryside, visit one of the UK’s most stunning seaside resorts or take in some of Devon’s most picturesque villages, South Devon is the perfect destination. The region boasts fantastic towns and villages which you can tour around and experience, and there is also an abundance of companies set up to help you have loads of family fun-filled advnetures. You will need to recharge the batteries and fill the tummies after all this fun, so here are some of our favourite fish and chip shops in South Devon…

Simply Fish – Brixham TQ5 8AF. This is a compact and modern seafood restaurant and take away with large windows, friendly staff and a laidback vibe. Come and sample their beautifully cooked fish and hand-cut chips and enjoy sitting in or taking it away. Why not take your food down to the harbour and have a lazy evening watching the boats bob about in the water? It’s a lovely way to spend time in Brixham. 

Frydays Traditional British Fish and Chips – Seaton, EX12 2LW. This is a great establishment serving the finest British potatoes along with the highest quality seafood sourced from sustainable stocks. Their menu currently includes over 16 different varieties of seafish and they use local suppliers for their potatoes and award-winning butcher's sausages. You can sit in or take your food away, but whatever you choose, the food will taste amazing. 

The Jolly Good Fish Café – Teignmouth, TQ14 8EA. This is a friendly and welcoming fish and chip shop serving up the finest of fast food with everything on the menu that a good chip shop could have. You will love the colourful exterior and you are bound to get a nice welcome from the staff as they cook up your tasty food. 

Mariners Fish and Chips – Paignton, TQ4 6AE. Offering a wide range of meals to suit all types of diets, this friendly restaurant/takeaway is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. They even have a special menu for senior citizens and the kids will love what’s on offer too. They have had good reviews on TripAdvisor for their gluten-free batter; some even say these are the best gluten-free fish and chips in Devon! 

Come and taste the best of devon and plan a trip to one of these amazing take aways,then take it home to one of our South Devon holiday cottages and fully relax.

We hope you have enjoyed our guide to the best fish and chip shops in Devon. If you are interested to find out more about the food and drink scene in Devon, check out our Devon food and drink guide for all the best insider's tips. And if you are looking for places with a varied menu and alternative options, read our guide to the 20 best vegan places to eat in Devon

Stay in a self-catering holiday cottage and enjoy the best fish and chips

Come and stay in our Devon holiday cottages and enjoy these fish and chip shops for yourself. There is something really lovely about being able to nip out, pick up your food and take it back to your private cottage and eat it in a cosy environment. Make it extra comfy and get into your joggers and jumper and put on a good film! View our amazing collection today. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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