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Fort Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Fast Food, British, Scottish
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Commercial Street, Lerwick, Scotland
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Bude, Cornwall
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped by last week to eat-in a late lunch. Very busy day but service was excellent. Chips were delicious; the 'large' portion of haddock turned out to be two huge slabs, and the battered haggis was fab. Plenty of interesting choices on the menu too, like smoked sausage, smoked haddock, black pudding, etc, as well as the more usual pies... More 

Thank Rowena H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Never had a bad experience eating here, both in the cafe & taking away! Always fresh fish, crispy chips, & good service. It can be rather busy but this is the sign of a good chippy!! We wouldn't get chips from anywhere else!

Thank Roger F
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68 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Asked the locals for a good fish and chip shop and thiswas the one recommended to us. The fish was beautiful and the service really quick

Thank Denise M
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always make a point of making several trips to the Fort Chip shop and cafe when we're home on holiday! Very popular cafe means that space is tight - but a 'chip picnic' at Fort Charlotte is no hardship. Chips always crispy - none of that soggy nonsense! Our #1 chippy!!

Thank TheWettons
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't get better fish and chips as this in Scotland and I've tried! Marvellous every time I go there, which is every time I'm in Shetland!

Thank James H
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was recommended this chip shop by a colleague whilst working up in Lerwick recently and wasn't let down. Whilst the café is a bit tired and small and possible not the first choice to have a first date but the staff are really friendly and the fish and chips were really good. The portions were massive, I being really... More 

Thank obankirst
Vicenza, Italy
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking to sit down somewhere and enjoy a relaxing meal, this is not the place. It has a small dining room which is full most of the time. Instead, grab some fish and chips and a drink and walk up the hill and enjoy your lunch at Fort Charlotte enjoying a great view of Lerwick. You can sit... More 

Thank NE_Atlantic2017
London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I returned 3 times to this venue, the food is freshly cooked for you, and served by extremely friendly staff. Don't forget the mushy peas, great complement to the food

Thank alan Y
London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Fishing is Shetland's top industry and I was looking for some really good fish and chips. All the tourists headed for the most obvious choice in the harbour , the harbour cafe. But I went walking around the town and found this cafe and take away near charlottes fort. i can truly say that it is one of the best... More 

Thank Aussie135
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

The cafe was very busy so we had takeaway fish n chips. Absolutely delicious. Beautiful fresh fish in a light batter. It's popular (especially with herring gulls who queue outside the door!) and busy but worth the short wait. Staff are friendly and efficient.

Thank V R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Fast Food, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Commercial Street, Lerwick, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Shetland Islands  >  Mainland  >  Lerwick
  • Phone Number: 441595693125

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?