Recently the Bishopston Fish & Chips on Gloucester Road was named among the top 40 chip shops in the country, and now it has made it even further into the competition to be named the best at the 2024 National Fish and Chip Awards – it’s one of the Top 20 finalists.
So, to celebrate, and to get to the bottom of just what makes these fish and chip servings some of the best in the country, I decided to treat myself to a mid-week fish supper. Now, I don’t know about you, but when you live in a big city it can sometimes be especially overwhelming to pick your go-to chippie.
If you usually stick with your tried and tested family favourite, then tradition may not allow for you to test out newer openings and other recommendations. After all, if you love it, why would you go elsewhere? Alternatively, you may have sampled some of the tastiest fish and chips while out in other parts of the city and, alas, you simply live too far away to justify them being your new local.
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So, if you’re local to the Bishopston Fish Bar – or regularly venture to Gloucester Road – here is why you need to try their fish and chips for yourself…
Firstly, Bishopston Fish & Chips is already an award-winning fish and chip destination, among the top in the UK at the National Fish and Chip Awards from 2012 – 2020. It describes itself as a traditional fish and chip shop in the Bishopston/Horfield area and all of the food served here is freshly fried in ‘certifiably-sustainable palm oil’.
You can order in person or online for collection, to lessen any wait times, and the menu boasts a range of fish, pies and pastries, chicken dishes, burgers and vegetarian options, too. The staff are welcoming and you can tell that a lot of love is put into each portion.
I ordered a regular haddock and chips, which cost £8. The portion of fish was significant and certainly filled me up. The batter was crispy and flavourful while the fish itself was wonderfully flaky and melted in the mouth.
The chips were delightfully fluffy, perfectly seasoned in salt and vinegar – a selection you can customise – plentiful, and had a thin crispy outer that really showcased the quality and flavour of the potatoes themselves. There was no oily aftertaste as you can sometimes get with fried food – this was classic British fish supper takeaway at its best, pure and simple.
It is really no surprise that this chippie is among the top 20 in the country, and certainly no surprise that the people of this part of Bristol venture here in their droves to pick up their fish supper. It’s certainly my new go-to for fish and chips – I’m thankful to live so close by – and I already can’t wait to go back.
Following intense assessment – which has seen entrants measured up against criteria such as environmental best practice, product knowledge and employer accountability – connoisseurs from the fish and chip industry have had the unenviable task of halving the original shortlist of 40. Industry leaders will continue further review of the shortlist, including mystery visits to whittle it down to 10 competitors, ahead of the awards ceremony on February 28, 2024 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, where the winner will be announced.
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