by Melanie Dixon-Phillip inFood In Cornwall

Fish ‘n Chips in Falmouth

The perfect seaside snack...
Whilst the precise origins of the humble British fish & chips might be shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to say that the simple combination of battered fish and fried chips have become one of the country’s best-loved dishes, evoking memories amongst many of childhood family holidays by the sea.

Here in the Westcountry; home of cider, pasties, farmers and some of the best stereotypes around. We do things differently down here, and much like everything else, even our fish and chips are different from ale batter to pollock instead of cod; from bog-standard to posh nosh, you’ll see a great variety of chippies in Cornwall.

But whilst no one doubts the popularity of the dish, with more than 10,000 chippies selling a staggering 382 million portions of fish & chips in the UK each year alone, the best chippie invokes some hearty debate amongst the Cornish.

So, if you want to sample some true Westcountry-style fish and chips, (here at the CHC office, we’re not brave enough to pick a side), here’s our completely non-biased take on the local fish & chip shops around, here in Falmouth.


Harbour Lights – Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH T: 01326 316934

It would be rude not to note that the Harbour Lights were crowned ‘Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year 2017’ at this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards in London.

Harbour Lights use fish from fully sustainable sources and they are currently the only MSC certified restaurant in Cornwall!


Rick Stein’s Fish– Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR112XA

Rick Stein’s Fish on Discovery Quay is a foodie’s favourite and a highlight of a visit to the town.


Gylly Beach Café– Cliff Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PA

Open throughout the year the Gylly cafe is the ideal place to enjoy everything from a relaxing coffee to tasty locally caught fish and chips.


Penmere Fish & Chips– 2 Penmere Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2RD

Traditional values from a family run business since 1980.


Gem Fish Bar– 6 Quarry Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2BP

Outstanding food quality and very friendly service.


Perham’s Fish & Chips– 103 Boslowick Road, Falmouth, TR11 4QD


There can’t be many people who don’t have their own views of precisely what constitutes the ideal fish & chips, and where to find them. What’s yours?

Haddock, Cod, Skate or Pollock, what’s your favourite?

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