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10 excellent fish and chip shops in Kent

PUBLISHED: 14:31 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 07 August 2018

We pick some of the best places for fish and chips by the sea in Kent (photo: Travis, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0, bit.ly/2rAaBaJ)

We pick some of the best places for fish and chips by the sea in Kent (photo: Travis, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0, bit.ly/2rAaBaJ)

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From the classic battered cod and chips to vegan ‘fish’ and deep fried gherkins, everybody loves a good fish and chip shop. We have picked 10 of the best places for fish and chips in Kent

Shakey Shakey Fish Bar

75 High Street, Ramsgate

What could be better than a finely battered fish with chunky chips and homemade tartar sauce? Visit Shakey Shakey Fish Bar in Ramsgate for all the chip shop favourites you’d expect plus plenty of gluten free and vegan options every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Sprinkle some Shakey Shakey seasoning on top for a spicy kick!

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Aqua 43

43 Albion Street, Broadstairs

With everything sourced as locally as possible at Aqua 43, you can guarantee a tempting plate of fresh fish and chips. Fish is sourced from a nearby fishmonger, potatoes from a local farm and eggs come as close as it gets – the owners’ hens. Aqua 43 serves raved-about pies too.

Ossie’s Best Fish and Chips

205 Tankerton Road, Whitstable

Ossie’s Best Fish and Chips is just a stones throw from Whitstable sea front and it has received high accolades from customers and the press, with a mention in the Sunday Times’ top restaurants for under £20 a head. Fresh fish is battered beautifully with some customers calling it “the best batter I have had”. Grab a bag of chips to go and head out to explore the pretty seaside town.

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The Smokehouse

1-2 Back Street, Folkestone

With a unique twist on the traditional chippy, the Smokehouse along the Folkestone seafront, serves battered cod, haddock or Loch Duart salmon alongside beef dripping chips. If you don’t fancy fish, order buttermilk fried chicken legs with a black rice, quinoa and ginger salad. Starters include salt and pepper squid and mussel popcorn - all perfect when enjoyed by the sea.

The Times has even dubbed The Smokehouse one of the 30 best fish and chip shops in Britain! Visit at lunch time for the £8.50 special which includes cod or haddock with chips and soft drink (Wednesday to Friday).

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Papas Fish Restaurant

110 Sandgate Road, Folkestone

Jumbo cod fried in crispy batter with golden chips and a lemon wedge – is there a more perfect trio? Papas Fish Restaurant was started by Papa Adamos from Cyprus who married his roots as a fisherman with his sons’ potatoes harvested on family farmland to open his first shop in 1966. They have honed their skills to bring visitors and residents of Folkestone fresh seafood including classic fish and chips, platters of white bait, salt and pepper squid and prawns and grilled meats too.

Buoy and Oyster

44 High Street & 17 Marine Drive, Margate

Buoy and Oyster is a fantastic seafood restaurant serving all types of treats from the sea, but also a killer plate of fish and chips. Fresh haddock is battered in a homemade beer batter and served up alongside chunky chips, mushy peas, tartar sauce and some lemon to squeeze over. Devour a platter of oysters with Tabasco sauce too and enjoy the views over Margate’s beaches while you dine.

Beach 48

48 High Street, Dymchurch

In a colourful building along the seafront in Dymchurch is Beach 48; fish with a crispy batter and chips cut chunky, perfect to take away and stroll along the seafront or sit in the sand and while an hour away. Just make sure you wait for it to go down before swimming!

Walmer Fish & Chips

36 The Strand, Walmer, Deal

There’s crispy battered fish and chunky chips made from fresh potatoes at Walmer Fish & Chips on the beachside Strand. Vegetarians will have lots to choose from too with a veggie sausage and burger on the menu alongside extras including onion rings, pickles, and breaded mushrooms. Indulge in a large portion of chips to share and enjoy a stroll along the beach to walk it off afterwards.

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Reliance Fish Restaurant

4 Queen Street, Gravesend

Reliance Fish Restaurant in Gravesend is a pretty, vintage-style eatery that serves thick, crispy chips alongside ethically sourced battered fish. From calamari and scampi to plaice and lemon sole, there’s something for every fish lover here. Fully licensed to serve alcohol, at Reliance you can enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine with your fish and chips too.

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Peter’s Fish Factory

12 Royal York Mansions, Margate

With scores of online reviews urging others to visit, Peter’s Fish Factory is a firm favourite for visitors to Margate. Located on the beach and a stone’s throw from Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary gallery, you can easily factor Peter’s into your day trip. Expect cheap and tasty fish and chips made fresh and served with a smile.

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