Edinburgh’s Best Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips – perhaps the quintessential British summer food! This popular dish has long-since been a staple here in Scotland and it’s the ideal treat for any occasion. There are plenty of places to enjoy the nation’s favourite dish here in Edinburgh and we think it makes for the perfect summer supper!
Keep reading to discover some of our favourite Edinburgh spots for fish & chips – from popular local hangouts to seaside takeaways.
1. L’Alba D’Oro
L’Alba D’Oro | 7 Henderson Row
This Edinburgh institution first opened its doors in 1975 and has since been a local favourite for over 40 years. And it’s no surprise, as L’Alba D’Oro’s award-winning fish & chips are some of the best in town. They even became the first takeaway in the world to receive a four-star award from The Scottish Tourist Board. This family-run business serves a classic ‘fish supper’ made with a range of fish from pollack and monkfish to sea bass and halibut. They also offer a variety of vegetarian dishes for any non-fish-eating customers.
2. The Fishmarket
The Fishmarket | 23A Pier Place
This modern addition to the Edinburgh fish & chips scene is serving some of the freshest in town, caught daily from the waters just a few feet away. Cooked to order, you can choose from a range of fish from lemon sole to haddock. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, try the fish burger with harissa mayo or the oysters with a chilled glass of white wine. Take your meal to go or sit back and relax in their stylish and airy dining room.
Pierino’s | 11 Bernard Street
Pierino’s call themselves the ‘Fish & Chips Pizzeria’ and looking at their menu, it makes perfect sense. This popular Leith takeaway is an Italian family-run business and the ideal place for a group of friends who can’t quite agree on what to eat. They also do a breaded haddock, if you’re not a fan of battered fish, and their homemade mushy peas are the perfect accompaniment. Reasonably priced meal-deals also make this a great place for a low-key meal.
Bertie’s | 9 Victoria Street
Welcome aboard this brand new fish & chip shop on Victoria Street! Since opening, Bertie’s has been a huge hit with both tourists and locals alike. They claim to serve “proper” fish & chips as well as a range of dishes with a contemporary twist. And with a dining room big enough for 300 people and all-day service, a fish supper is never off the table at Bertie’s! Their fun and fresh interiors also make this a great place to pair a casual meal with a special occasion.
5. The Old Chain Pier
The Old Chain Pier | 32 Trinity Crescent
Enjoy supper by the sea this summer at The Old Chain Pier in Newhaven. You’ll find some fantastic food & drink at this quaint pub just a short bus ride from the city centre. As well as the traditional fish & chips, seafood can be enjoyed in abundance here with items like grilled queen scallops, Shetland mussels, smoked haddock fishcakes, and their ‘catch of the day’ on the menu. There’s also regular live music and breezy sea views to be enjoyed. It’s the perfect spot for fish & chips on a sunny summer’s eve!
6. St Andrew’s Takeaway
St Andrews Takeaway | 280-284 Portobello High St
Head east to Portobello and you can enjoy your fish supper right on the beach! St Andrew’s Takeaway is a Portobello institution and won the award for Edinburgh’s Best Fish & Chips in 2018. They offer a wide range of takeaway food as well as the classic fish supper. So grab your catch and head down to the waters’ edge for a relaxing meal by the seaside!
7. East Coast
East Coast | 171 – 173 N High St, Musselburgh
East Coast is owned by the Crolla family, who have been famously serving fish here since 1974. Now newly refurbished and home to both a modern fish & chip shop as well as a new seafood restaurant, this Musselburgh gem has opened a new chapter and is serving some of the best seafood this side of the capital. Take your fish to go and enjoy it by the seaside or dine in their modern and stylish restaurant, with some incredible flavours well worth the short trip out of town.
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