If you are struggling to know which day it is… We can let you know, it is in fact Friday! Yup, we know the days are all melding into one but a way to reinstate some normality and to give yourself something to look forward to is, of course, through the medium of food! If you don’t feel like cooking, don’t panic! You can still enjoy your fish and chip supper even through the lockdown and not just at dinner time – some will even bring it to your door! If you’re feeling like you wouldn’t mind giving it a go yourself we’ve included all the places you can still get fresh fish right now and even a recipe for your own fish supper!
Order it in:
Still serving the Newport area with classic chippy-style hot meals. They have a range of traditional chippie favourites on their menu. Takeaway available and local delivery is available for £2 per order. Order by downloading their app or via their website. Open every day except Sundays from 12pm–8pm – so why not have fish and chips for lunch instead? Tel: 01983 528338
Carisbrooke Fish Bar, Carisbrooke
Recently under new management, Carisbrooke Fish Bar is serving the Carisbrooke, Newport, Northwood and Calbourne areas with a free fish and chip delivery service. Collection is also available. They fry in the traditional fashion using beef dripping. See their Facebook page for the menu and call to order. Open every day 3pm–9pm.
Tel: 01983 530300
The White Lion, Arreton
The White Lion is offering pub food at home which, of course, includes classic beer-battered cod and chips served with green peas and tartar sauce. Home delivery or takeaway, with free delivery for orders over £20 – ideal if you are self-isolating. View the menu online and call to order. Tel: 01983 525965
Samels, East Cowes
Fast food takeaway offering fish and chips as well as a range of other options including kid’s meals. View their menu online and order over the phone. Delivery and collection available, call for details. Tel: 01983 292 818
The Cod Father, Ryde
Open and serving through the hatch for social distancing precautions, you’ll find all of your chippie classics on the menu. They offer free all-day delivery to the Ryde, St Helens and Wootton areas. Open 12pm–8pm on weekdays and 12pm–9pm on weekends. Call to order. Tel: 01983 566214.
A slight alternative on the classic fish and chips but why not go for a Caribbean flavour and order the ackee and saltfish cooked with onion, red pepper, chilli and herbs? If that doesn’t float your boat, they also serve fried dumplings or Gambian style ‘Fish in Foil’ – a whole fish of the day in foil with potatoes, onions, chillies, peppers and herbs. Order via their website.
33 St Helens, St Helens
Running a ‘fish and chip Friday’ takeaway service to the local Seaview area. Pre-ordering is advisable to avoid disappointment. They also do a similar service for Sunday Roasts. Call to order. Tel: 01983 872303
The Mermaid Bar,Pondwell
Offering a traditional fish and chip supper as well as kids option for scampi and a lot more besides. Also purchase a bottle of Mermaid Gin, Rosemary Vineyard Wine or Goddards Brewery Beer to accompany your food. Delivery radius (2 miles) covering: Binstead, Ryde, Seaview, St Helens and Bembridge. Call to order, minimum order price £8.50. Available Wednesday–Saturday 5pm–8pm. Tel: 01983 613653 (option 1).
Terry’s Fish and Chip Shop, Wootton
Your local fish and chips shop, Terry’s of Wootton has got your back at this time. Offering their usual takeaway service (with strict social distancing observed). Open at lunchtime from 12pm–2pm and tea time from 4.30pm–9pm. See their Facebook page for info.
Tel: 01983 882235.
Ocean View Fish and Chips, Ventnor
Open Friday and Saturday with limited hours – call for details. They are offering a call for collection service only. Tel: 01983 852865
The Sun Inn, Calbourne
‘The Sun Out’ takeaway menu for their fish and chips offering includes breaded plaice or scampi and chips alongside the other great classic pub dishes. You can order via their website or give them a call. Tel: 01983 531231
The Sportsman’s Rest, Porchfield
The Sportsmans Rest at Porchfield are offering a cod & chip takeaway service too. Their amazing fish is supplied by Captain Stan’s in Bembridge and is always a massive hit with the customers. Limited delivery service for Porchfield and Newtown residents only. Collection is available for other locations. Menu including your favourites on their Facebook page. Call to order. Tel: 01983 525739.
Due to popular demand, The Waterfront has decided to reinstate their takeaway service. Open Monday–Saturday 12pm–2pm for lunch and 5pm–8pm and on Sunday from 12pm–3pm. They have a range of fish dishes on their menu (along with a lot more). You can order traditional beer-battered cod or scampi with gourmet chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce as well as an amazing sounding seafood gratin and Goan curry if you fancy deviating from fish and chips. Call to order and view their menus on their Facebook page. Tel: 01983 756969
Buy your own:
Captain Stan’s Bembridge Fish in the heart of Bembridge Village, are still bringing you fresh fish and shellfish mostly caught by their own boat moored in Bembridge Harbour. Their shop is still open but operating with strict social distancing measures. They are open 9am–3pm Monday to Thursday and 9am–4.30pm Friday and Saturday.
Tel: 01983 875 572
Ventnor Haven Fishery’s shop is open every day from 11am–4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am–3pm on Sundays. They are still out daily for their catch of fantastic Ventnor Bay seafood and you can get your hands on an amazing range including fresh crab and lobster meat, crab cakes, fishcakes, crab turnovers, whole cooked crabs and lobsters and more, alongside their daily changing fresh fish counter. So rest assured you can still get amazing fresh local fish. Call ahead to reduce contact. They are also offering a limited service reserved purely for those who can not leave the house. Call to order. This service is free to the Ventnor area but there is a minimum order price of £30 for areas outside that. Tel: 01983 852176
J&B Fisheries have a vast selection of locally caught fresh fish on a daily basis alongside locally caught crab, lobster and prawns from the J&B boat that is moored down at Yarmouth harbour. They also have a large selection of smoked fish, paté and gravadlax all prepared, cooked and smoked on the premises. The shop is still open from 8am–12.30pm with social distancing in place, but for those self-isolating there is a delivery service available, just give them a call at the shop. Tel: 01983 752269.
Check our ‘Where to Shop Now’ area guides in Central, North, North East, East, South and West for more info on where to get your hands on produce.
Homemade Fish and Chips
For the chips:
- 800 g unpeeled (even-size Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the fish & batter:
- 4 white fish fillets (not too thick – cod, bass or haddock)
- 125 g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 200 ml chilled local ale (or larger)
- 500 ml oil for frying (groundnut, sunflower or rapeseed)
- Salt and pepper
- Clean the potatoes, cut into thick long slices, then cut each slice into 1.5cm thick chip shaped chunks. Tip them into a large saucepan, pour water on top to just cover them, salt, then bring to the boil, lower the heat and gently simmer for a further 4 mins. Drain and tip onto a clean towel, pat them dry, then leave them to cool.
- While the chips are cooling make your batter. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper into a mixing bowl, then gradually add the ale, whisking until the batter is smooth and free from lumps.
- Heat oven to 220°C or gas mark 7. Put a large non-stick roasting tray in the oven with 1 tbsp olive oil and heat for 10 mins – just like mum does for her roasties. Transfer the chips to a bowl season generously and toss in the remaining oil using your hands. Tip out onto the hot roasting tin shaking them careful into one layer so they all have contact with the tin. Bake for 10 mins before turning them over. Bake for 5 more mins, then turn again. Bake for a final 5–8 mins until crisp. Once done drain on paper towels.
- While the chips are in the oven get your oil on a high heat. Pat the fish dry with some kitchen paper. Then put the fillets of fish into the batter and turn them over a few times to make sure they are evenly coated with the batter. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop half a teaspoon of batter into the oil. If the batter immediately rises to the surface and the oil bubbles all around it and it turns golden within sixty seconds the oil is hot enough to fry.
- Turn the fillets over in the batter again, then holding each fillet at either end, lay them flat in the hot oil, skin side up. Next, reduce the temperature down a little and set a timer for 3 minutes. When the time is up, use a fish slice to lift up a fillet and if it’s golden, turn it over with the slice and a fork to help steady it, so that the oil doesn’t splash. Then do the same with the other fillets and give them another 3–4 minutes. You may need to do this in twos depending on the size of your frying pan.
- Remove the golden fillets with a fish slice and let them drain on some kitchen paper and serve with salt and vinegar! For an easy mushy peas crush some cooked garden peas with a fork a little olive oil and add a little chopped mint for a fresh twist.