Isle of Wight Fish & Chips - 5 of the Best

Nothing says 'By the Seaside' like fresh Isle of Wight Fish and Chips covered in salt and vinegar, eaten hot out of the paper.

So in true British seaside tradition we thought we'd give you our guide to the 5 of the best places you can enjoy fish and chips across the Isle of Wight.

Ventnor Haven Fishery

First up on our Islandwide tour is Ventnor Fish Haven, for their stunning freshly caught and cooked totally seasonal fish and chips. The Haven is the iconic building in Ventnor located on the pier above the harbour, its New England facade home to a wet fish shop - selling freshly caught fish and shellfish daily - and also the take away where you can buy local sustainable fish that has literally just come straight off the fishing boats.

The fishery not only sells fresh fish and shellfish, but they cook it for you too. Beyond the customary cod and haddock, you can nosh on hand battered Skate, Pollack, Plaice, Tiger Prawn Tails, Rock Salmon and Mackerel. Everything served is freshly prepared in-house such as Ventnor Haven Fishcakes, Crab Croquettes, Onion Rings, Apple Fritters and even lime and coriander sauce or lemon Mayonnaise. Local’s choice - the crab samosa and chips - yum.

Stotesbury's Fish & Chips, Newport

Established way back in 1897, Stotesbury's Fish & Chips bar in Newport is the oldest traditional fish and chip bar on the Isle of Wight. Whilst huge numbers of locals already give it their seal of approval, you'll also find Stotesbury's a regular feature in the Tripadvisor "Top 10 Restaurants on the Isle of Wight" alongside some of the Island's best-known fine-dining restaurants.

Along with all the traditional chip shop classics, you'll find gluten-free and vegetarian options, pies, burgers, calamari, halal kebabs and lots of other battered treats. 

Brothers's Fish & Chip Shop, Brading

So for freshly cooked fabulous crispy fish and chips, with no water in sight - Brothers fish and chip shop in Brading is a must visit.  Having won national Fish & Chip shop awards this humble chippy is renowned on the Island for its fayre - be ready to wait though for they are all freshly cooked!

Corries Cabin, Cowes

Three times winner of the Isle of Wight Award for Best Fish and Chips in Your Hand, as voted for by Island visitors and locals alike, is Corries Cabin in Cowes. Located on the high cobbled high street, this is the perfect spot for those newspaper wrapped succulent fish and crispy proper chip shop chips. Look out for their "Gluten Free" days / evenings, when everything in the friers is GF-friendly. When you've picked up your feast, pop over to sit on the wall in the yacht haven overlooking all the yachts.

The Jolly Fryer, Various Locations

A bit of a wildcard entry to our list is the Jolly Fryer, whose location varies depending on what day it is! This family run mobile fish & chip takeaway has been visiting villages around the Island for over 20 years. You can phone through with your order (07968 351757) and they will have it ready for your collection, or just turn up at any of their regular stops and place your order. They visit five different villages weekly:

  • Chale Green, outside Chale Stores (Wednesday evenings 4:45-7pm)
  • Godshill, School Crescent (Thursday evenings 4:45-7pm)
  • Nettlestone, near Vic's Stores (Thursdays 12-1:30pm & Saturday evenings 4:45-7pm)
  • Niton, Star Inn Road (Fridays, 4:45-7pm)
  • St Helens, Green Car Park (Saturdays 12-2pm)

Or Simply Take it Home and Cook Your Own…

Sometimes the best way to enjoy truly scrumptious local fish is to buy it and cook it yourself! So here’s the must visits for that fresh daily haul:

  • Ventnor Haven Fishery, Eastern Esplanade, Ventnor 01983 852176
  • Hancocks 6 Languard Road, Town Centre, Shanklin 01983 862733
  • Fish 111 High Street, Cowes 01983 245247
  • Captain Stan Fish Store, 5 High St, Bembridge 01983 875572
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20 April 2020

By Alix Robinson in Articles