Taking a trip to the coast would not be complete without tucking into a big, salty portion of fish and chips! Across the nation, fish and chips are a popular treat, some love theirs simple with lots of salt and vinegar, other’s love to drown theirs in curry sauce or top them with lovely green mushy peas. No matter how you prefer yours, you’ll be excited to know that Dartmouth has plenty of excellent fish and chip restaurants, takeaways or pubs to suit every need! In honour of National Fish & Chip Day on Friday 27th May, here’s a list of our top places to enjoy fish and chips in Dartmouth.
The Wheelhouse is one of the most popular fish and chip takeaways in Dartmouth. It’s a popular, family run business who have been serving fish and chips to locals and tourists since 1985. Their menu is extensive, offering fresh salads, sandwiches and pies alongside their fish menu or if a hearty burger is more your thing, you’ll certainly not be disappointed at their selection! Their food is freshly prepared each day, and the potatoes are hand-chipped too. The Wheelhouse have recently undergone a big refurbishment, so you can enjoy your meal inside their light, airy and elegant restaurant, or if you’d prefer to dine alfresco, order your dinner to takeaway, sit by the estuary and watch the boats sail by.
Located on the embankment, Platform 1 is a stylish bar and restaurant with an excellent range of fish and seafood. Starters include scallops with garlic butter, salt and pepper squid, tiger prawns or crab bruschetta, each sounding equally as delicious as the last! For your main meal you can choose from dressed crab, the catch of the day, cod and chips, king prawn or moules mariniere – can we try them all please?! The panoramic views from your table will be astonishing and the history of this restaurant can be seen around the exterior of the Grade I listed building. Whilst there has never been a railway line at this site, it used to be a railway ticketing office for people to purchase their train tickets and catch the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry to Kingswear Railway Station.
Situated along the cobbled quayside of Dartmouth, Bayards Cove Inn is a Grade II listed, 14th century Inn comprised of 7 en-suite rooms, with a café, bar and restaurant. Bayards Cove Inn promises a delicious and seasonal menu, serving a wide selection of fish landed that day on their specials menu, including scallops, smoked haddock and seabass or opt for a classic beer-battered fish and chip dinner with homemade tartar sauce – delicious! Bayards Cove Inn is a cosy, atmospheric pub just a stone’s throw away from the historic Bayards Cove Fort, the River Dart and the South West Coast Path.
The Dartmouth Arms is traditional pub in the heart of Dartmouth. It’s situated in a great location with amazing harbour views and next to Bayards Cove Fort. They offer a broad selection of seafood here; you can choose to have a beer battered fish and chips, fresh crab cakes using local crab and sweet potato, delicious fried scampi served with chunky chips and homemade tartar sauce or their popular seafood basket consisting of panko calamari, cod bites, butterflied prawns, salt and pepper squid and scampi. All their fish served is landed daily so you can expect a fresh and delicious chippy dinner here!
Overlooking the River Dart, Bushell’s Riverside Restaurant sits on the south embankment and serves a wide range of freshly sourced seafood, changing on a daily basis. If you’re after a traditional fish and chip dinner, they have beer battered catch of the day or for a healthier option you can choose to have your fish grilled whole and served with new potatoes. Perhaps you’re just after a light bite? Try their scallops, local oysters or River Fowey mussels. The seaside sharing platter would be a great choice if you fancy trying an array of fish. If you have room for a sweet treat after lunch or dinner, we’d certainly recommend choosing one of the Dartmouth Ice Creams for dessert!
The Ship in Dock Inn has been in business in Dartmouth since 1656 and was the birthplace of the famous Dartmouth Regatta in 1935. It’s a lovely family-ran Inn located near the centre of town, overlooking the beautiful Coronation Park. It’s a very traditional, cosy pub and along with a great selection of local real ales and ciders on tap, they serve an excellent fish and chip dinner! Choose to have a tasty piece of cod with chips or opt for their succulent breaded scampi with garden peas and chips – yum!
Rockfish restaurants are popping up all over Devon and Dorset, but the original Rockfish was opened in Dartmouth in 2010! The restaurant is situated on the South Embankment, overlooking the River Dart and they also have a takeaway so you can take your food and sit somewhere of your own choosing, perhaps you’d prefer to eat in the comfort of your own accommodation or up Jawbone Hill to admire the view whilst tucking into a delicious portion of chips!
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