Top 5 Fish & Chips spots in Winchester

Give your elderly loved ones or senior friends a taste of the sea with our top five spots to enjoy the classic ‘Fish and Chips’

Why not give your elderly loved ones or senior friends a taste of the sea, from childhood memories of the seaside to a comforting Friday treat, these top five spots of ours are the ideal places to enjoy some classic British Fish and Chips.

Whether you’re sharing a portion of chips, prefer a battered sausage or want to partake in the age-old curry sauce debate let your senior loved ones or friends invoke memories of old with this delicious, comforting dish. Ditch the newspaper wrapping and try one or all of our top five spots to enjoy the meal in the restaurant. An excellent excuse to spend some quality time with those you care about, and a great way to engage in some social interaction for those that might not be able to get out and about as much.

In no particular order (as they are all delicious), our five top Fish & Chip spots in Winchester are:

Shoal

While fine dining is a lovely treat, sometimes you just want to brass-tacks classic. Top rated on Trip Advisor for those looking for fish and chip spots, still fairly new to Winchester the Chef Patron Lenny who grew up dreaming of opening his very own Fish and Chip shop, has experience with some with two other locations on our list, The Bugle Inn and The Fox. Open Tuesday – Saturday, Shaol is a speciality seafood restaurant and takeaway, no bookings are taken, consider Shaol and enhanced Fish & Chip shop, with the classic Chippy dishes available plus a kids menu with a good variety for picky eaters.

Our recommendation if you aren’t after the traditional battered cod would be the fish pie or fishcakes. They do offer a range of homemade sides including a Scotch Egg, parsley sauce and a vegetarian bubble and squeak Scotch Egg.

Rick Stein, Winchester  

Enjoy a walk down the high street and visit Rick Stein, Winchester. The fresh seafood restaurant serves classic, simplistic dishes from the sea, with a variety of options including the classic Battered Cod and Chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce; or try one of their infamous dishes such as Turbot with hollandaise sauce. Opened by and named after Rick Stein CBE, he’s an English chef, author, and restaurateur, since opening its doors, this popular spot has been awash with seafood enthusiasts.

The restaurant is accessible from the street with two steps and is fairly spacious inside with warm but good lighting. There is also some bar seating for those willing to brave the higher bar stools, although with a number of tables and the option to prebook this may be preferable for seniors.

The Fox

Take a gander up Peach Hill Lane and visit The Fox, a charming and classic style British Pub, with classic but fresh décor, bar seating, leather sofas and ample restaurant seating this five-bedroomed bnb has a restaurant that is fast becoming a hotspot of Winchester (if it isn’t already).

Wheelchair accessible with onsite parking it offers a slightly fancier selection of pub classics such as a Wagyu Beef Burger, Triple-cooked Chips, Roasts and of course the classic and unassuming British staple that is Fish and Chips.

The Fox also has a series of offers and specials so when planning a visit have a look at their website or Facebook page and see what deals they have to ensure you are getting the best experience for your money.

The Bugle Inn

In the mood for a nice, cosy public house? Why not visit The Bugle Inn, on Park Lane just off the High Street, located in the picturesque village of Twyford, 3 miles outside of Winchester. A great stopping point if you have been out for a walk enjoying the downs, or if you are returning from Marwell Zoo. Sister pub to The Fox, which also makes our list, it’s clear that good food runs in the family.

As any pub connoisseur would expect it offers the British Classics such as chips, burgers, steak, roasts and of course battered haddock. And like any decent freehouse, it also uses local suppliers such as microbrewery ales from Bowmans from Droxford and Two Hoots Cheese from Barkham.

With a fairly seasonally changing menu (which still retains the classics) and three rooms for out-of-town visitors this charming little spot also offers a variety of specials. It’s worth a visit to their Facebook page or website to see what deals are available when so you can take full advantage of all The Bugle Inn has to offer when planning your trip.

Both inside and outside seating is very much the traditional ‘pub feel’, with some leather sofas available and a fireplace that’s lit to warm you up in the winter. There is parking onsite, and the main entrance had two widely spaced steps but there is wheelchair access.

The Ivy Winchester Brasserie

If you are looking to treat your loved one, then The Ivy Winchester Brasserie is an ideal go to. Although the price tag might be slightly higher, the excellent service and delicious and fresh cuisine makes it well worth it.

The menu is filled with classic dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, The Ivy Burger and Chicken Milanese, but it is the battered Fish and Chips here are really special. They do offer brunch, cocktails, afternoon tea and a set menu so it is worth exploring online what they offer when so you can get the best deal.

According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Conservation, sharing and making memories promote mental health tenfold for seniors. So why not treat them to some company and some Fish and Chips?

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