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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 hot...

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?

LOVED BECAUSE: FAMILY-FRIENDLY - OUTSIDE TABLES - GENEROUS PORTIONS - LOCALLY SOURCED FISH

24 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN

 

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!

 

 

 

 

LOVED BECAUSE: MODERN DECOR - TAKEAWAY OPTIONS - SEAFRONT LOCATION - LIGHT CRISPY BATTER

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 CHIPS

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.

LOVED BECAUSE: FAMILY-FRIENDLY - CLEAN INTERIOR - EXTENSIVE MENU OPTIONS - MEAL DEAL OFFERS

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 looked like!

 

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 SIGNAGE

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! The works!

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?

 

LOVED BECAUSE:  US-THEMED INTERIOR - SUCCULENT BURGERS - ICE CREAM SUNDAES - US PORTIONS

CHARLIE’S

 

 Tradtional Fish & Chips  

 

Fish and chips, Pukka Pies, mushy peas and battered sausages cooked fresh to order for collection or delivery.

 

72 Nelson Road North, NR30 2AS

FISH, CHIPS & MORE

 

 Busy seafront diner  

 

Open late throughout the summer, this busy seafront diner offers great-value eat-in and takeaway fish and chip meals.

 

20 Marine Parade, NR30 2ES

 

FISH & CHIPS

 

 Lively seafront kiosk  

 

When the bikers come to town, they  always head to this seafront kiosk and wolf down chips on the nearby benches.

 

Marine Parade, NR30 2AS

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