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Where to find delicious fish and chips in Suffolk and north Essex

Fish and chips. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Fish and chips. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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People across Suffolk and north Essex will celebrate their love of fish and chips as they come together on National Fish and Chip Day.

Henley's of Wivenhoe fish and chip shop. Picture: NIGEL BROWNHenley's of Wivenhoe fish and chip shop. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Friday, June 2, marks the national event, and from fish and chip shops, pub chains, restaurants to the fishermen and farmers who provide the ingredients, the nation will be enjoying the family favourite.

We all think that our favourite fish and chip shop is the best in the country and here are a few of the best in Suffolk and north Essex.

Michaela and Wing Chan who run Starfish in Wherstead Road. Picture: SIMON PARKERMichaela and Wing Chan who run Starfish in Wherstead Road. Picture: SIMON PARKER

1. Henley’s of Wivenhoe

The regional winner of The National Fish and Chip Awards 2017, Henley’s is among the best with its fresh and tasty fish and chips.

They produce gluten free meals as well in a separate fryer to cater for coeliacs.

Fast service, good quality fish and helpful staff make Henley’s the go to place locally.

There are always queues at Aldeburgh Fish and Chips. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThere are always queues at Aldeburgh Fish and Chips. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

2. Flora’s, Dunwich beach

Fish caught by the inshore boats. Fresh peas - none of this nasty northern mushy peas rubbish.

Fish Dish in Felixstowe. Picture: GREGG BROWNFish Dish in Felixstowe. Picture: GREGG BROWN

3. Starfish, Ipswich

Always fresh and always delicious, the fish, which is firm and flaky, and golden, fluffy chips, are some of the best around.

Massive choice, reasonable prices and very generous portions.

The Codfather in Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe Codfather in Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

4. FishnChickn, Colchester

Friday fish and chips mark the start of the weekend for families across the north of the town.

Established in the mid 1990s, the shop has staved off competition from numerous takeaway restaurants on the row of outlets locals call St John’s shops for over two decades.

On your visit be sure to try the haddock, steak and ale pie or the spit roast chicken.

The Regal, Felixstowe. Picture: LUCY TAYLORThe Regal, Felixstowe. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

5. Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is popular with celebrities such as singer Ed Sheeran and actor Tom Hiddleston – as well as thousands of coastal visitors who flock through its doors every summer.

french fries and fish in frying basketsfrench fries and fish in frying baskets

6. The Beach Cafe, Southwold

Perfectly cooked fish and chips - fresh and meaty fish, crispy chips without any grease - and surely one of the best locations in the world to eat them, watching the waves crash onto the beach and around the pier. Many will go down the road to Aldeburgh, but this is the best spot in Suffolk!

7. Fish Dish, Felixstowe

The seafront-based restaurant, which faces the Pier, is the perfect setting for its famous crispy battered fish and perfectly cooked chips.

And for those wanting to try something else, Fish Dish also offers homemade steak and onion pie, grilled chicken skewers of Mediterranean salads for vegetarians.

You will not be disappointed!

8. The Codfather, Sudbury

The Codfather was the first fish and chip in the area to be recognised with a quality award.

Serving large portions of wonderfully fresh fish at reasonable prices has garnered The Codfather a great reputation locally. Diners can either get their meal to takeaway or eat in the restaurant next door.

9. The Regal Fish Bar, Felixstowe

Found on the seafront, The Regal is a charming family-run restaurant that doubles as a fish & chips takeaway. With friendly service and a cheerful atmosphere, it has built a loyal following from the local community who hail it as one of the finest fish and chip shops in Felixstowe. All of their fish is cooked to order from fresh and for those in need of a tasty treat; their chips are fried in beef dripping.

10. Nindy’s, Colchester

Beautifully battered, and big fish! Crispy yet fluffy chips, always hot, always friendly service, and no sand, sea or seagulls in sight! It’s in the heart of a residential area in Dugard Avenue.

The curry sauce is also well worth ordering for chip dipping purposes!

11. Yates’s Fish & Chips, Walton-on-the-Naze

Just a short walk from Walton Pier and the beach, this is the perfect place to stop off for a summertime fish and chip supper by the sea. It can be busy at peak times, but it’s worth the wait. You can eat in, but taking the fresh fish and crispy chips back down to the beach or seafront is always a winner.

12. Needham Chippy, Needham Market

Always freshly cooked, generous size fish with a light crispy batter, really good chips, reasonably priced and well-supported by the locals.

Tell us where your favourite fish and chip shop is in Suffolk or north Essex in the comments section.

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