A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort
Ignore the dodgy name, which references one of local hero Lord Nelson’s vessels -
and head inside this friendly and welcoming, family-run seafront restaurant for what
might well be the nicest plate of fish and chips in Great Yarmouth. Served on a plate,
rather than a plastic carton or wrapped in yesterday’s Daily Star, the fresh cod
and haddock here are coated with a delicious light batter and come with a generous
portion of chips and home-made mushy peas.
Steaks, burgers and hot dogs will keep the meat-lovers in your party happy, while
those watching their figures can opt for a tuna steak, a piece of grilled salmon
or even a fresh summer salad. It’s fully licensed, too, and offers a selection of
wines, beers and spirits.
Holiday makers are spoilt for choice when looking for fish and chip restaurants in
Great Yarmouth. The famous market stalls in the town centre are a fabulous option
for a quick and easy lunch, but if you also fancy stuffing yourself with a big battered
cod and a whopping great plateful of chips as a sit-down evening meal, then there
are also a number of excellent venues devoted to the most popular dish in town.
So, how do you pick the best? Well, I always judge the quality of a fish and chip
shop by the number of seagulls hanging round outside. Because there’s no doubt that
our feathered friends know a decent bit of haddock when they see one, so if you see
a big bunch of seagulls lurking outside a Great Yarmouth chippy, then you can rest
assured that that particular establishment is dishing up something truly tasty and
6 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3AH
TOP TIP: The interior of this restaurant is comfy, spacious and beautifully decorated,
but what could be nicer than grabbing an outside table in the warmer months and stuffing
your face with haddock in full view of the sea?
TOP TIP: The fried fish and chips are always extremely succulent and delicious at
Fish & Grill, but there’s also the option of a grilled piece of chicken or a grilled
steak served with all the trimmings!
Fish and chips can be a heavy dish, but not when it’s done properly - and Fish &
Grill on Great Yarmouth seafront is a great choice for those seeking a nice piece
of fish in a light, crispy batter served up with a generous portion of chips. The
interior of the restaurant is light and modern, with lovely big windows giving views
of the seafront. There’s also a top-notch takeaway fish and chip shop on the premises,
for those who don’t have time for a leisurely lunch or evening meal.
As well as freshly fried fish, the restaurant also serves tender grilled chicken,
steaks, ribs and burgers - and has a lovely family-friendly atmosphere. This is fish
and chips done in proper restaurant style. Ideal for a big night out!
The top of Regent Road is Takeaway Town in Great Yarmouth, with KFC, McDonald’s,
Burger King and Taco Bell all fighting it out to sell the most junk food. But just
across the road sits a Great Yarmouth institution - now called Fish’O’Licious - that’s
been serving up battered fish and chips for years. Once famous for its bloaters,
which were shipped throughout the nation, it still serves a wide range of classic
fish and chip shop dishes in its sit-down restaurant, as well as having its own takeaway.
The portions at Fish’O’Licious are generous, meaning you always get great value-for-money
here; and the chips are really lovely - just ask the seagulls hovering around nearby.
113 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AE
TOP TIP: Bored with cod and haddock? Then why not opt for one of the more interesting
pieces of fish on the menu, like prime fillet of rock salmon, skate wing, cod roe
or wholetail scampi. And as for the kids, they’re sure to love the famous fishcakes.
LOVED BECAUSE: TRADITIONAL FEEL - TOWN CENTRE LOCATION - GENEROUS PORTIONS - LOVELY
30 Trafalgar Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2RB
TOP TIP: Check out the changing meal deals in the window for great value offers,
like cod with chips, a drink and a side or a battered fish set meal at bargain prices.
Hidden to the side of the Gold Rush amusement arcade, the Lion & Herring serves up
delicious, freshly fried fish and chips, as well as battered sausages, fish cakes,
scampi, chip butties, potato fritters, cheesy chips, mushy peas, pies, burgers, pickled
eggs and pickled gherkins. The interior is clean and simple - more like a cafe than
a sit-down restaurant - but there is always the option of taking away and eating
on one of the nearby benches on the seafront.
With special prices for kids and OAPs, this is an excellent choice of fish and chip
shop for all the family. Service is polite and portions are a decent size, meaning
no one is likely to leave the place hungry.
A true Great Yarmouth institution and undoubtedly the most famous signage in town,
Rogers & Son Famous Fish & Chip shop has been frying fresh fish and chips in the
same location since 1923. Sadly, the last-surviving member of the original family
passed away in 2017, but the traditional interior and magnificent signage (which
is visible from the seafront) remain intact - and even if you don’t eat there, you
should have a look inside to see what a proper, old school Great Yarmouth chip shop
But do eat there! The fish and chips here are still cooked to a really high standard
in the old-fashioned way ! No messing around - just great cod and chips!
43 St. Peter’s Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3AA
TOP TIP: The Rogers & Son advertising hoardings are visible from the seafront, and
combined with the lights of the Flamingo arcade and the turrets of the Hippodome
Circus, make for one of the best photo opportunities in town.
LOVED BECAUSE: TRADITIONAL FEEL - AUTHENTIC INTERIOR - GREAT COD & CHIPS - FAMOUS
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EH
TOP TIP: The Joyland American Diner serves both breakfasts and light lunches, but
we love it best for a serious evening pig out. Burger! Fries! Milk shake! Ice cream!
King Street used to be the place for burgers in Great Yarmouth, but with Fatso’s
and the Yankee Traveller both closing their doors within months of each other, the
Joyland American Diner on the seafront is now the number one choice for those wanting
juicy burgers and hot dogs served up in a funky, neon-lit US-themed restaurant. The
interior is done out like a proper American roadside diner - and the portion sizes
are US-sized, too - so why not grab yourself a leather banquette and feast yourself
on cheeseburgers, chilli burgers, King Dogs, ribs, fries, milk shakes and gorgeous
ice cream sundaes?