What is a visit to the seaside without a delightfully salty bag of chips? In fact, what is a visit to the coast if not an excuse for a delightfully salty bag of chips? They’re a British staple, much beloved by Brits and doggedly sought out by tourists, but finding the right chippy can be easier said than done. Bournemouth is one of the UK’s favourite seaside towns, with its vibrant city life combined with its gorgeous coastline. With around 12 million visitors to Bournemouth each year, CrossCountry is here to help identify the best chippies.
Make the most of your visit to Bournemouth – discover CrossCountry’s picks for the best fish & chips in Bournemouth, including where to find gluten-free and vegan fish & chips.
How to get to Bournemouth by train
Situated happily on the south coast of England, Bournemouth station is right at the end of our network. With trains running up to Manchester Piccadilly, stopping at stations like Southampton, Reading, Leamington Spa, Birmingham, and Crewe, there are plenty of ways to get to Bournemouth on CrossCountry Trains.
Best Fish & Chips Restaurants in Bournemouth
Run by three generations of the Capel family, Chez Fred has become nothing less than a Bournemouth institution. Not only is their menu utterly delicious, but they source their ingredients responsibly – from the fish to the potatoes, right down to the mushy peas! They offer fish and chips to take away if you like to sit on the sea wall, or you can sit in the traditionally decorated restaurant. Their lunchtime special is an excellent option, with plenty to choose from and free refills on tea or coffee included! If you have dietary requirements, they also have a number of plant-based and vegetarian options, and their chips are gluten-free.
Must-Try Menu Option: Banana blossom vegan ‘fish’ and chips with Fred’s homemade mushy peas.
Why not try something a little upmarket to make your visit to Bournemouth a little more special? Named by The Times and Sunday Times as Britain’s 4th best place to eat seafood by the sea, you really couldn’t find anywhere better to enjoy your fish in Bournemouth than Westbeach. Their lunch menu includes classic fish & chips, with a beautiful sea view! If battered white fish isn’t your thing, rest assured that you can choose from other a la carte options as well as daily specials – featuring clam linguine and dressed crab.
Must-Try Menu Option: Keep it classic with fish and chips. Or sample their lobster with chilli lime butter.
When you’re on a busy family trip, finding the time to sit down and enjoy a meal can be difficult. Thankfully, fish & chips is one of the best meal options to take away and enjoy on the beach between paddling in the sea and building sandcastles! Sunny’s Fish & Chips in the Boscombe area is one of Bournemouth’s best takeaway chippies, where you can grab an inexpensive meal for all the family to enjoy wherever suits you best. With classic options like battered cod and fish cakes, as well as signature items like pea fritters, Sunny’s has a great reputation.
Must-Try Menu Option: Don’t deviate from the traditional battered cod and chips!
The Noisy Lobster
Perfectly located to sit and watch the world go by, the Noisy Lobster is an ideal restaurant to enjoy locally sourced fish and seafood. While their dine-in menu focuses on gourmet seafood delights, like calamari, crab, and oysters; the Noisy Lobster is also famed for the ‘Lobster Hatch’ where they serve takeaway fish & chips classics. From the hatch, you can enjoy scampi, whitebait, and haddock – and even gluten-free, vegan ‘fish’; all served with their signature chips, of course! Whether you prefer to dine in style or take your chippy tea down to the beach, the Noisy Lobster is ready to serve up a scrummy serving.
Must-Try Menu Option: Make the most of their whitebait & chips.
If you’re planning a trip to Bournemouth’s best fish & chip shops, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or the CrossCountry app. If you need more information, you can contact us here.
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Written by Abby