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“The Best Fish n Chips”

The Ilfracombe Fryer
Ranked #40 of 120 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $17
Cuisines: Seafood, Fast Food, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: An 80 seater restaurant & take away business located on the promenade with views out over the Bristol channel and only 2 minutes walk from the Landmark Theatre & car park.
Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“The Best Fish n Chips”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

I had fish n chips, very fresh cod, my husband had chicken, chips & side salad. The waitress and service were second to none so friendly without being over bearing, but the "fish n chips" were just "superb" best I have ever had, no bones, no skin and NO oozing fat and the chips were crispy too a very fulfilling meal at an affordable price. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his meal too! We would thoroughly recommend this fish restaurant and definitely look forward to going again when in the area!?

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“always a perfect meal”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

thank you again...its always so well presented and cooked. see you soon . I live here thank goodness !!!

Visited September 2013
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Thank wendy d
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Rutland, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Great Value and Clean - Maintain that Standard”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is very nearly the standard one should expect of any eatery. Even when you're busy, you can still remain polite, calm and professional. Nearby restaurants take note :) My friend and I visited the "Ilfracombe Fryer" and the first thing one notices is; it is clean. We paid our money so here is our verdict. The staff were friendly on our arrival, and we were seated and served almost immediately. We'd had a different experience further along the street so we'd hope this one would be better. When we sat down, they brought us a little bucket :) which was filled with everything we needed, sauces and such. A nice touch. We have no idea of their standards in really busy periods, but one hopes it is good! We will be going back because we were reasonably happy and the staff were friendly. It is good to see young people doing a great job :) So thank you.

Our worries: young staff and what would the food be like? Why did we worry? One hopes they are well trained and well led by professionals, this is not always the case in eateries. Both of us have been in the restaurant game for over thirty years, cooking, and managing people. So with his experience in mind, we'd like to give a fair critique.

We had the Plaice Special, under £8 for a plate of Plaice and chips with a pot of tea if I recall correctly. Maybe we had peas, we don't recall. Bear in mind, these days Fish n Chips on the coast costs around £5.50 for bare bones take-outs, not always great. We got to eat in, at a great table by the window for about £2.00 more. We were served by polite and bright young people fairly quickly.

Fish: great, beautiful, a good portion of Plaice well cooked, Chips; hmmm a bit "old", only just got away with those. Hot fresh fries please :) You weren't busy. Service: very good. In general everything was well presented and worth the price and if we'd received hot fresh chips it would all have been perfect :) It can be done, we know that fries can be done quickly.

Verdict: A great place to visit with good food when not busy, one hopes the same standards are maintained when it is very busy :) Recommended with four stars :)

  • Visited April 2013
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“Expensive and not very nice food.”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We sat in and all had haddock and chips, and to sum up, the haddock was soggy, full of bones, and not very nice at all. Then to top it off it turned out to be a very expensive plate of soggy haddock and chips. Won't be eating there again.

  • Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

When walking past this fish and chip restaurant at lunchtime on a Sunday it was absolutely packed, however when we returned at the slightly odd time of 4pm we were the only customers in there for a while. We ate in, the menu is extensive and gives several combinations of dishes (eg Fisherman's platter). When the food arrived (it is not speedy, even for takeaway judging by how long people were standing around but this is understandable if everything is cooked to order) it was delicious, the chips were some of the best I have ever tasted. the service was polite, all in all a great place to have quality fish and chips away from the evil, thieving seagulls along the harbour!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank beeza1
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