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Photograph: Charlie Bard

The 11 best places for fish and chips in Brighton

If that journey to the south coast has got your stomach rumbling, fill your boots at one of these cracking spots

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

Fish and chips is a British classic, and what better place could there possibly be to enjoy it than by the glorious seaside? Chippies, pubs and beach front cafes across Brighton have fish and chips on their menus, with trendy chefs adding a touch of modern flair to this national dish, but also plenty of options if you want a no-fuss-no-frills kinda supper. 

Having grown up in Brighton, I've sampled my fair share of the city's chippies. And with so many to choose from, you gotta get it right. To save you from floppy batter and sloppy chips, or from paying an extortionate tourist premium, these are my top picks for the best fish and chips in the city. You can follow that delicious waft of vinegar knowing you're in safe hands — just watch out for the seagulls. 

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Best fish and chips in Brighton

Photograph: Bardsley's Fish & Chips

1. Bardsley's

Bardsley’s is a Brighton institution, where you can takeaway or dine-in in a classic setting. Proper fish and chips. Not only are the staff incredibly welcoming, the fish and chips are second to none, available to be battered, grilled or poached. The place has also done its best to keep to its classic cheap-and-cheerful reputation, so it's a budget-friendly option even in the cozzy livs.

Lucky Beach Cafe
Photograph: Lucky Beach Cafe

2. Lucky Beach Cafe

This trendy sea-front spot champions fresh ingredients and sustainable sourcing. The good ol’ fashioned fish and chips is one of Lucky Beach Cafe's bestsellers, but you can also enjoy delicious flaky fish in the form of a wrap, bap, or taco. Enjoy on their patch of the beach with a carafe of sparkling sangria for a summery spin on the classic.

The Victory
Photograph: Denise Vella / The Victory

3. The Victory

Most pub menus in Brighton will feature their take on fish and chips, but few do it quite so well, or give you quite so much, as The Victory. This gargantuan portion is always perfectly crispy, making this the best spot if you’re caught feeling absolutely ravenous after a day at the beach. Oh, and their chips are the best in town.

Captains Fish and Chips
Photograph: Captains Fish and Chips

4. Captains Fish and Chips

Captains is the place to go to absorb the atmosphere of classic Brighton. Tucked away on the lower promenade, opposite the Palace Pier and in the shadow of the Brighton Wheel, this chippy is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail alongside your cod. So perfect, in fact, that the seagulls really love it here too. You have been warned.

Photograph: Charlie Bard

5. Bankers

This 100-year-old business is slap-bang in the heart of town and only a pebbles-throw away from the beach. Enjoy your fish the Bankers way by choosing your flavoured butter. They're also another budget-friendly option, often running lunchtime meal deals. Think hake, chips, mushy peas and a hot drink for only a tenner.

The No Catch Co.
Photograph: The No Catch Co.

6. The No Catch Co.

Non-fish eater? No problem! The No Catch Co. can rustle up incredible plant-based alternatives to all the chip shop classics. The vegan cod and chips is a go-to for local veggies, but their popcorn prawnz and tofish bites are also worth sampling.


7. Wolfies of Hove

Wolfies of Hove is a great example of a good ol’ fashioned chippy that sticks to what it knows. It’s a popular takeaway spot right by Hove train station, popular especially for their catering to the gluten-free. Oh, they do a bangin’ pie and mash, too.

The Regency Restaurant
Photograph: The Regency Restaurant

8. The Regency Restaurant

Perched on the corner of, you guessed it, Regency Square, the Regency Restaurant is arguably the most iconic fish and chip stop in the city. While you’re also paying for the sea view, this legendary restaurant offers an extensive seafood menu, starring the classic fish and chips.

Photograph: RYBkA


Rybka lubi pływać, Polish for ‘the fish likes to swim’, is the namesake of this charming little restaurant. Rybka serves have-in portions on retro canteen trays, and does some of the crispiest batter in Brighton. It's a little gem of a place, tucked away in the South Lanes – there's also a DJ on occassionally. 

The Basketmakers Arms
Photograph: The Basketmakers Arms

10. The Basketmakers Arms

If you want a cosy spot to enjoy your fish and chips, away from the bustle of the tourist hot spots of the city, look no further than this classic pub. Tucked away in the North Laine, The Basketmakers Arms is an all-time favourite with Brightonians, and its fish and chips is a pub grub menu highlight.

Little Jack Fullers
Photograph: Little Jack Fullers

11. Little Jack Fullers

St James’ Street is known for hosting Brighton Pride’s annual street party, and for its abundance of great pubs. But should you fancy a hearty, tasty pick me up mid-crawl, Little Jack Fullers’ fish and chips would be a great place for a pitstop. It's also known to do a bargain vegan lunchtime deal between 12-3 pm.

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