The UK holiday destinations with the best and cheapest fish and chips, as average cost hits £11.05

Ever heard the saying cheap as chips? Well, that may no longer be true!

Recent reports show that the price of fish and chips is spiking due to the increased cost of produce like fish and cooking oil. With the cost of living on everyone’s minds, we wanted to conduct research into the average cost of fish and chips across Britain as well as which popular UK holiday destinations offer the best quality and value chippy meals. 

In addition to our findings, anyone looking for fish and chips with a twist can find a variety of quirky, historical and infamous options below. After all, we’re passionate that everyone should be able to enjoy a great British treat whilst on a great British staycation!

The average price of fish and chips in the UK

We used menu data to analyse the average cost of fish and chips across the UK, which found that people can expect to fork out £11.05 on average for the popular dish. In fact, in February 2022, The National Federation of Fish Friers stated that the average price for the meal at that time was between £6.50 and £9.

The UK holiday destinations with the best quality and value fish and chips

Using our internal data to pick out the top UK holiday destinations, we used TripAdvisor to find the top fish and chip takeaways and restaurants in those areas and analysed each one’s prices. We then compiled those prices to reveal an average cost per destination - in short, the places where you can get your hands on the nicest, but cheapest, chippy tea! 


The full list of the top UK holiday destinations with the best quality and value fish and chips, all priced under the national average, are:


1. North Yorkshire: £7.00

2. Devon: £7.79

3. The Scottish Highlands: £9.78

4. Powys: £10.12

5. Dorset: £10.14

6. Conwy: £10.14

7. Gwynedd: £10.33

8. Cumbria: £10.58

9. Northumberland: £10.73

10. Lancashire: £10.75

11. Norfolk: £10.76

12. Denbighshire: £10.76

13. Derbyshire: £10.91





While all regions in the top list offer average prices below the national average of £11.05, visitors to North Yorkshire, Devon or the Scottish Highlands can be sure they will get their money’s worth, paying an average cost between £7 - £10 for fish and chips. 


The data suggests that holiday destinations in England are the best for those looking for a cheap chippy meal, with eight regions out of the list of 14 located in England. Compared to just one Scottish location and five Welsh locations. 


Despite offering a classic fish and chips for £4.25 - the lowest individual price of all restaurants that make up the list - R&Bs in Inverness does not scrimp on quality, with a Google reviews rating of 4.3 stars. 


Some of Britain’s most unusual, historical or quirky fish and chip shops



1. Rock & Sole Plaice, London


Those looking for fish, chips and a side of splendour can find exactly that at Rock & Sole Plaice in London’s West End, which has been serving customers since 1871 and is a favourite among the likes of Idris Elba, Guy Fieri and John Torode. Visitors can expect to pay £11 for a regular cod and chips, while they take in the history of the 150-year-old restaurant.


2. Seabreeze Fish n Chips, Yorkshire


Those on the hunt for an award-winning chippy that is purse friendly need look no further than Seabreeze Fish and Chips in Redcar, Yorkshire. Not only can guests enjoy a cod and chips for the low price of £7.50, they can do so in the knowledge that their food is provided by the three-time Good Food Award winners (2020-2022). Provided with the Gold Seal, this is not just your average chippy!


3. McMonagle's Boat, West Dunbartonshire


Those holidaying in Scotland should consider a visit to McMonagle’s Boat in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. A popular tourist attraction, visitors to the restaurant boat docked in the heart of Clydebank can expect far more than the average fish and chip shop. McMonagle’s offers fish and chips with a complimentary side and drink at a fair price of £10.95, all while bobbing along the Forth & Clyde Canal.


4. Binley Mega Chippy, Coventry


After going viral on TikTok thanks to a song dedicated to the takeaway, the Coventry-based chip shop has been inundated with visitors. Customers to the chippy can expect fish and chips for a low cost of £7.60, but may need to battle the crowds to get there!


5. Clam Shell, Edinburgh


In a round-up of interesting fish and chip shops that are worth a visit, we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t mention one of Scotland’s chip shop sweet delicacies. Although invented in 1992 at a Scottish takeaway that no longer exists, a battered Mars Bar can be purchased at the Clam Shell in Edinburgh. The four-star rated chip shop offers battered haddock and chips for £10.90, or a battered Mars Bar for £3.80, and is a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the heart of Scotland’s capital. 


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