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Celebrate National Fish & Chip Day in Newcastle

Image: Fish and chips at City Tavern
 

We’re sure you don’t need an excuse for a chippy tea, but National Fish and Chip Day on Friday 27th May will provide you with one anyway! The iconic British dish remains a firm favourite, and there are plenty of places in Newcastle to grab a meal – some who lovingly create the traditional fish supper, and others who provide some interesting alternatives.

Here’s a few options that we’re certain you’ll fall for hook, line and sinker! (Sorry...)
 

Clayton Street Chippy, 131 Clayton Street

It doesn’t get much more traditional than this! Classic battered cod, a mountain of cooked-to-perfection chips, plus a host of the staples you’d expect from a traditional take-away like battered sausage, burgers, cheese patties and pies. Don’t forget lashings of salt and vinegar, it’s the only way....you can almost smell them now can’t you?
 

The Quayside, 35-37 Close

Wetherspoons is a great option for a pocket-friendly sit-down meal, and their food menu offers up freshly battered cod or haddock served with chips and peas (mushy or whole). There’s also Whitby scampi on the menu if you’re after something different, and don’t forget the curry sauce! Their Fish Fridays deals mean you’ll grab a bargain too.
 

Saltwater Fish Company, Fenwick Food Hall

If battered and fried isn’t your bag, or you fancy going upmarket for this most special of days, Saltwater Fish Company in Fenwick’s Food Hall provide some delicious alternatives. Designed for seafood lovers, their produce is available to both take home or eat at their 16 seat counter, offering casual seafood dining paired with fish-friendly Champagnes and wine. Expect French-style fruits de Mer platters, hand-dived scallops, Dorset crab, monkfish cheeks, oysters, a well-stocked wet fish selection and a great range of shellfish, with the majority of their produce sourced from boats working the North East coastline. Plus, Monday - Thursday they offer oyster happy hour from 3pm-5pm at just £1.50 per shuck!



Image: Saltwater Fish Company at Fenwick's
 


The Broad Chare, 25 Broad Chare

This lovely pub next door to the fantastic Live Theatre offers a warm welcome and fresh, honest food served in comfortable surroundings. For a full-on meal, go for the beer battered haddock with tartare sauce and mushy peas, and consider pairing it with one of their seasonal beers. For those with more exotic fishy tastes, there are also Lindisfarne oysters, smoked cod’s roe, local crab on toast, roast pollock and whole lemon sole on their extensive menu.
 

Hibou Blanc, 13 High Bridge

If you’re looking for a classy meal in luxurious surroundings, the beautiful Hibou Blanc is located in a Grade II listed building which oozes style and glamour. Head chef Neil Jefferson uses only the best seasonal produce from the local area, meaning you can expect to find new favourites on every visit. For the purpose of National Fish and Chip Day, go traditional with beer battered cod, triple cooked chips, crushed peas and the all important tartare sauce, or splash out on roast halibut with parsley farfalle, fillet of sea bass or Dover sole meunièr with brown shrimps. While you’re here, you may as well kick off with a starter of Lindisfarne oysters or shellfish cocktail consisting of lobster, Greenland prawns, crab and brown shrimps. Delicious!
 

Trap Food House, 4 Waterloo Street

Trap Food House offer a little New Orleans flavour to the city’s culinary scene with a delectable menu of seafood soul food. Feast on a banquet of seafood with unique twists – if you’re feeling hungry, give their Seafood Country Boil a try, which features shrimp, salmon, crab legs or lobster tail with potatoes, egg, corn and garlic bread. Specialisms include their Cajun salmon or squid, fried shrimp, lobster tail, king crab legs and blue mussels. Their meal combos are ideal for sharing and their crab fries are the talk of the town!

Image: Lindsay Bros
 

Lindsay Bros, Grainger Market

Don’t fancy eating out? Get the finest and freshest ingredients to create your own meal at home from the Grainger Market, with family-run fishmongers Lindsay Bros. your first stop for the main dish. Established in 1936, the revered fishmongers select the best quality produce every day for their shop, offering a range of fish, shellfish and fresh water fish from the UK and Europe. Why not try Craster kippers or their excellent value two person fish and shellfish deal, featuring organic salmon, king prawn selection and samphire.
 

City Tavern, 10 Northumberland Road

Proud to be a ‘food pub’, which takes care and attention over everything on their extensive menu, City Tavern makes for a great dining option for those looking for vegan or gluten free options. Their fish is cooked in gluten-free beer batter, with a veggie option made with halloumi cheese. There’s also sticky sesame cod bao buns, whitebait with garlic aioli and rope grown moules frites.
 

So, no matter how you choose to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite meals, there’s a perfect option for you in Newcastle. Dive in!


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