If there’s one thing that locals, day trippers and tourists can agree on when visiting the Northumberland Coast, it’s the high quality of the fish and chips.
On a sunny day, you’ll often see queues spilling out of the establishments which serve the Great British seaside street food up and down the coastline. There are some that keep people coming back year after year, while others are more of a hidden secret in their respective villages.
After the Guardian named a chippy in Blyth one of the best by the sea in the UK (along with Colman’s in South Tyneside), I decided to take a look at the best fish and chip shops in Northumberland, with the help of Google Reviews – here they are.
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The Harbor View
1-3 Beresford Road, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4DR
4.8 / 5 from 1,963 reviews
A multi-award winning chippy just in Northumberland, the Harbor View is a firm favorite as you can tell by the gargantuan queues that build up here on Good Friday. Its secret recipe batter is part of the appeal, with the ingredients and method a closely guarded family secret among manager Waseem Mir and a select few within the business.
One reviewer from the USA wrote: “This is always one of my to-go places when over in the UK and it never disappoints. Still one of the best fish and chips places that I have come across on my travels.
“Will definitely be back here again when I get across once more, and can only recommend to others to go.”
Harbor Fish Bar
1 Broomhill Street, Amble
4.5 / 5 from 867 reviews
There’s no shortage of places to get seafood in Amble, with the Fish Shack, Old Boathouse and Jasper’s Bistro alongside three chippies. The highest rated in the village (and second highest in Northumberland) is the Harbor Fish Bar, where chips are fried in beef dripping.
One recently delighted reviewer wrote: “The best fish and chips I have ever tasted! Away in Amble for a week and I’m so pleased we went here … I would even drive 2 hours from home just for these fish and chips. “
Charlton’s Bar & Restaurant
Cambois, Blyth, NE24 1SF
4.5 / 5 from 407 reviews
Cambois Beach may often be overlooked as day trip from Newcastle partly because it’s so hidden, and partly because of the industrial backdrop and a massive great pipe in the middle of it. However, it’s well worth a trip as there are times you can have huge stretches of sand practically yourself with a fish and chips from Charlton’s, located just back from the North end of the beach and the Buccaneers Car Park, in your hand.
Reviewer Ian Bright wrote: “Really amazing hidden gem. Fantastic food at very reasonable prices. Great service, good choice and huge portions. Lovely place and really lovely staff.”
Links Road, Blyth, NE24 3PL
4.4 / 5 from 2,785 reviews
Coastline in Blyth was one of two North East entries into the Guardian’s list of the best seaside fish and chip shops in the country recently – and you can’t get much closer to the beach. With its ‘dedicated’ team only closed for 10 weeks during the pandemic and working, it’s accolade is backed up nearly 3,000 reviews, many of which give it a fantastic five stars.
One reviewer wrote: “Easy to find a parking space, and good for those with poor mobility. It’s a popular chippy with a restaurant attached.
“The take out section has ample space as does the restaurant. The fish is nice and they serve proper chippy chips and there’s easy access to the beach too.”
Neptune Fish Restaurant
3 Seafield Road, Seahouses
4.4 / 5 from 1,457 reviews
A restaurant and takeaway where you can pick up some chips and enjoy views of Bamburgh Castle from the right spot, Neptune in Seahouses is one of three chippies in the village. Unlike some other chippies in nearby villages on the coast, ituses vegetable oil instead of beef dripping, meaning that the chips are at least vegetarian.
Portions at Neptune are enormous, so it ‘s probably best after a Farne Islands cruise rather than before – the North Sea can be pretty choppy!
One reviewer wrote: “First time here, was bit hesitant going in as had a lot of dietary requirements. Absolute first class customer service, very police, fish fried in vegetable oil without beer batter and gravy, and halal friendly.
“Food was spot on: fresh crisp batter and nice chunky chips. Definitely recommend, from start to finish everything was perfect.
Lewis’s Fish Restaurant
22 Main Street, Seahouses, NE68 7RQ
4.4 / 5 from 842 reviews
The second Seahouses chippy on our list, Lewis’s isn’t as obvious as Neptune as it’s set a few hundred meters further back. However, Google shows there’s little to split the difference between the two, with an equally good review score (though from less feedback).
As well as traditional fish and chips, the small family-run business does crabs and lobsters which are caught locally and landed in Seahouses harbor on the day they’re served. You can’t get much fresher than that!
One reviewer wrote: “Beautiful fish & chips even on a freezing cold February day in Seahouses. We did the coastal road from Alnwick to Boulmer (beach) and then on to Seahouses.
“There are numerous chippies in the town all near the harbor. This is one of the smaller less obvious restaurant and takeaways but certainly amazing quality.”
Ladhars Fish Bar
61 Front Street, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, NE64 6NJ
4.4 / 5 from 360 reviews
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea has plenty of places where you can sit and admire the views of the Couple Statue and the crescent-shaped bay on the front. Even better to do it with fish and chips from Ladhar’s, according to a lot of Google Reviews.
One of the few on this list that isn’t a chippy in the ‘traditional sense,’ there are also burgers, kebabs, wraps and pizzas on offer.
One reviewer wrote: “The best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Big portions, the batter cooked to perfection – light and fluffy as it should be and you can tell the chips are cooked in nice clean oil that’s changed regularly, just delicious . “
13 W. Market Street, Lynemouth
4.4 / 5 from 115 reviews
Seafare isn’t right on the coast, but a quick drive from Lynemouth can get you to beaches at both Cresswell and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Open for more than 90 years, it’s been a fixture in the village for most residents their entire lives.
One reviewer makes a roughly 80-mile round trip to eat at Seafare, saying: “Best Fish and Chips in the North East! Fried in beef dripping, absolutely lovely. We travel from Hexham to get our Fish and Chips here.”
78 Queen Street, Amble, NE65 0DD
4.4 stars from 42 reviews
Fish and chips isn’t the most friendly meal to those who have dietary requirements. However, Queen’s Plaice in Amble offers a gluten free menu, rather than just options, and there are a few vegan dishes there too.
One reviewer was delighted to find that the chippy is gluten free, writing: “I’m COELIAC and the whole menu was GLUTEN FREE !!!! A rare find!
“My husband who isn’t Coeliac said it was the best fish and chips he’d had in a long time the batter is so light and not a soggy chip in sight. I will definitely be back.”
Where is your favorite place to get fish and chips on the Northumberland Coast? Let us know!