Today we are in Bridlington in England, visiting Ward’s Fish & Chip shop for a chippy binge, for the first time in over a decade.
Please note – I write restaurant reviews based on favourite meals out as a family. I have never been paid or given any incentives whatsoever and the owners are not even aware that I have blogged about them.
Before we dive in with our experience of eating at Ward’s Fish & Chips in Bridlington let me give you a history lesson.
I was born in London and moved to Bridlington when I was just over a year old. I then moved away, went to university in my early 20’s and never lived there since. This meant that I lived in Bridlington for more than 20 years.
My family have a big history in the seaside town going back centuries and it always has that familiar feeling.
For our own history this means that it is the town that Dominic and I met, where we fell in love and the town we lived in when Kyle was born.
It feels strange to be back in the town again together for such a long time away. It must be about 12 years since we were both in the town together at the same time. Plus, Sofia and Jorge have never been here.
It carries so many emotions and so many memories and it was amazing to catch up with old friends and family in the middle of our summer road trip.
But one thing that was on our must visit list was a trip to a fish & chip shop. You can’t be raised in Yorkshire and not like the chippy. I grew up with regular trips to the fish and chip shop and it was always the weekly treat for most families.
But when you arrive in Bridlington its hard to make a choice. The whole place is full to bursting with fish and chip shops and you never know which one is good and which one is rubbish.
In the 90’s my summer jobs always involved working in a fish and chip shop as a waitress. I must have worked at about 5 of them over 5 years, having a summer season at each, so that I could build up my work experience.
Some of them served okay fish and chips and I remember working in one of them and the food was awful, but it was the nicest people I have ever worked for.
The Worst Fish & Chip Shop In Bridlington In The 90’s
Back in the 90’s I also knew of the worst fish and chip in Bridlington. It was at the bottom of the street where I grew up. It was attached to the pub and the fish had bones in it, the whole meal was always overly greasy and as well as this it always felt like frozen fish and never tasted very good.
As we played in the pool team in the pub, they always served the leftover chips to us pool players on a Thursday night and it was like torture.
To find out that this chippy had now become Ward’s and was now named as the BEST chippy in Bridlington got my attention and I had to try it!British Fish & Chips At Ward’s in #Bridlington via recipe_thisClick To Tweet
Ward’s Fish & Chip Shop Eats & Drinks
Can I say now that I absolutely HATE fish and chips? I want my fish in a fish pie, in fish cakes, in a curry, in paella and especially steamed with broccoli. In my mind the thought of my fish battered makes me feel sick. I also don’t like my food overly greasy, so I am a bad example of someone to take to the chippy!
My husband Dominic and the rest of my family think I am an odd ball for this and LOVE fish and chips.
But what I do really, really love from the fish and chip shop is chips, scraps and onion gravy. It is the BEST. The chips have to go on first, then the scraps and then the gravy for the ultimate foodie heaven just like below:
If you have not experienced scraps yet, then I urge you to try them out when you are in England. They are the bits left over from the fish batter and taste lovely and crunchy.
In parts of England they have banned them calling them a health and safety risk, much to my utter disgust!
But in Bridlington you’re safe and you can get them whenever you like and remember they are the surplus making them free!
I went to Ward’s Fish & Chip Shop with my aunt and my eldest son. The meals we ordered for takeaway included:
- Chips, scraps and gravy (for me)
- Fish & chips (for my aunt)
- Fish, sausage, chips and gravy (for greedy guts)
Plus, the portion sizes were so BIG that we had plenty leftover. This was wrapped up and Kyle brought it home for his dad. The leftovers from the 3 of us was the same as a portion for 1. Therefore, if you are medium sized eaters, I would recommend sharing some of the food.
Ward’s Fish & Chip Shop Highs & Lows
The location is the BEST you’re going to get in Bridlington. Facing right onto the seafront on Southcliffe Road, it has the best views and is easy access from the town (or on the way to the town).
It is grease FREE. I hate grease at the chippy and as someone that uses an air fryer on a daily basis, I hate greasy food.
The fish is cooked fresh with homemade batter and as you wait for your fish you can see the attention to detail.
You can also buy all your other chippy favourites including pies, fishcakes, sausages and not forgetting your curry sauce and mushy peas.
Though what I am not so keen on is all the non-chippy foods now being sold from the local fish and chip shops. Such as burgers, chicken pieces or pulled pork.
Ward’s Fish & Chip Shop RecipeThis.com Ratings
I love the ratings part as it puts all the restaurants and cafes that we eat out at next to each other and helps us remind ourselves which was the best. Plus, if you are also travelling it gives you an idea of the best places to eat out at.
This is what we personally thought of Ward’s Fish & Chip Shop:
- Location = 5/5
- Service = 5/5
- Value For Money = 5/5
- Quality Of Food = 4/5
- Variety Of Food = 4/5
- Overall Rating = 4/5
- Cost Per Person = 6,00€
- Visit Again = Yes
For lunch it is very cheap, and it also tastes excellent.
The value for money gets my attention because based on the 90’s when chips was just 55p it has only gone up to £1.40 and its amazing how low the price rise is over 25 years.
I’m just glad that Ward’s wasn’t about when I was growing up, as I would have got very obese with this little gem on the end of my street.