TODAY is National Fish and Chips Day and there’s nothing better than a beachside milkshake with lots of salt and vinegar.
While the average cost of fish and chips has risen to £11.05, some chip shop owners are working to keep prices down for customers.
Chippy lover Darren Nelson, 58, from Poulton le Fylde, Lancs, said: “Whenever I visit Blackpool I always stop at Tower Fishing because it’s so worth it and they really care. its regular customers.”
Here, Claire Dunwell, who owns the Browns, Normanton, West Yorks fryer, reveals the cheapest chip shops across the UK’s seaside towns.
Fishing Tower, BLACKPOOL
£5.75: Fish, chips and peas
BLACKPOOL is synonymous with fish and chips, with over 50 chips in the seaside town.
But there is a place that ranks first on review sites and through word of mouth from locals.
The Fishing Tower is just a stone’s throw from the Winter Garden, where you can pick up fish, chips and a portion of peas for under £6.
Owner Julie Singh said: ‘I’ve been here for 29 years and the reason I’ve been able to keep prices so low is because I have so many loyal customers.
Peter’s Fish Factory, MARGATE
£5.95: Cod dip & chips
IT is famous for its seafood stalls, but Margate also has some cheap chips like French fries scattered around.
In a prime location overlooking the harbour, the newly refurbished Peter’s Fish Factory serves fish and chips for a bargain £5.95.
Extra points for the fact that it’s on the beach.
Owner Peter Curtis said: “Potato prices have gone sky-high – but I won’t force prices on my customers. We are busy and are managing to keep costs down.”
£7.50, cod & chips
HAPPY rations and great value for money is what Tripadvisor customers say about Cobleys on Belgrave Road.
This family business, founded in 1928, is said to be Torquay’s oldest chip shop and while owner Stuart Cobley fears for the future, he keeps prices low.
“Times are really tough but I’m trying to give my customers a discount,” says Stuart.
“I hope there will be help from the government at some point or else the industry will collapse.”
Linden Seafood, BOGNOR REGISTRATION
£8.50, cod & chips
WITH some of the best beaches in the UK and one of the highest sunshine records in the UK, Bognor Regis couldn’t be better to enjoy a piece of the nation’s favorite take-out food. .
Linden Fishery’s owner, Kadir Serttas, is determined to keep hungry customers coming to his shop, which is why he struggles to keep his food affordable.
“People are cutting back on takeout and if I raise prices, I will lose customers,” he said.
“I think I’m the cheapest in Bognor Regis because I haven’t raised prices in a long time.
“And if I did, I would have to pay £2,500 to reprint new flyers and signs. I don’t have the money to do that.”
Withycombe Fish Counter, EXMOUTH
£6, cod and chips
TOP contender for cheapest fryer in the South West, Withycombe Fish Bar serves their cheapest hearty dinner for £6 – £5 more than the national average.
Locals have rated it as the best in town with large servings.
Owner Dave Mohammadi said: ‘I’m currently living as a shoe shiner, earning almost nothing from fish and chips.
“I didn’t push costs on my clients but I went back to working full-time and had to cut staff hours to survive.”
Seaview Seafood, SKEGNESS
£6.50, Cod & Chips
SKEGGY’S A Proper Little Chippy is just that – and customers can choose to sit in the cafe or take out and head to the beach to enjoy.
Customers rave about hot meals.
Owner Lindsey Ramsey said: “I think we are the cheapest in Skegness.
“Recently a customer came in and said he didn’t want to pay our prices – he came back an hour later to buy fish and chips because they were the cheapest he could find.”
£8.20, cod & chips
AFTER taking in the scenery in this traditional seaside town and satisfying your hunger to explore the Great Orme Mines, head to the stylish Welsh Frydays pub on Llandudno Road for a hearty feast.
The customer is god to owner Benjamin Edwards, who always puts them before profit.
“I haven’t raised prices recently for fear that if I do, I will lose customers who are already struggling with the cost of living crisis,” he said.