Get the Classic British Fish and Chips Experience in Australia

There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned British Fish and Chips dinner. The dish originated in England during the 1800s and has been popular ever since!

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Now, you don’t have to travel all the way to Britain for this classic experience. You can find restaurants that serve great fish and chips right here in Australia.

What Is Fish and Chips?

Fish and Chips is a popular dish in England. Fish and chips are typically fried in oil, along with the potatoes that accompany them.

The fish can be had fresh, frozen, or canned- but the most common type of fish used for this meal is cod or haddock. This dish tastes great with malt vinegar (or sometimes tartar sauce), ketchup, salt, and pepper! 

Fried potato wedges might also be served as an accompaniment to fish and chips.

The History of the Classic British Fish and Chips

There are so many versions of the origin of this fish and chips. And we cannot be sure which version is the most accurate one.

The tradition of battering and frying fish in the UK may have come from Western Sephardic Jewish immigrants. Originating in Spain or Portugal, they would have prepared fried fish similar to pescado frito by coating it with flour then fryin’ it up.

One other version said that the origins of this dish date back to the 1840s when it was said that a certain Joseph Malin combined fried fish with French fries because he thought they would go well together.

Another story tells how fried fish became popular after English sailors who came home from fishing trips wanted to eat something other than their usual diet which consisted mainly of salted beef, hard biscuits, or ship’s biscuit with cheese; they took up frying slices of salt cod or haddock and eating them with chips made from potatoes.

Fish and chips are a common take-away food in the United Kingdom, as well as many other countries. It is particularly popular among people from English speaking nations where it’s considered to be “comfort” food that you can order at anytime of day or night.

British Fish And Chips in Australia

Why so popular in Australia?

Famous for its laidback culture, sunny weather and beautiful beaches, Australia is also home to one of the world’s most popular seafood dishes.

Fish and chips are consumed in nearly every city across the country with an average annual consumption of 3 metric tonnes per person. This dish has been on the menu since at least 1860 when it was first served by a European immigrant to Melbourne.

The popularity of fish and chips can be attributed to two key factors: high quality ingredients that are sourced locally (or from nearby New Zealand) and simplicity in preparation.

Types of Seafood that Can Be Used for this style of cooking

The U.K.’s favorite fish is still cod and accounts for more than half of the total consumption. Haddock is the second favorite, and there are regional variations include whiting in Northern Ireland and some parts of Scotland, as well as skate and huss in the south of England.

There are many varieties of fish available in Australia, so you can be sure to find a type that suits your tastes. If you’re not too picky about what kind of seafood is on the menu, there’s always fresh crispy cod or fried plaice and chips to fall back on. It goes without saying that a good chip should always be served with a good fish.

Where to Find British Fish and Chips in Australia?

British Fish and Chips Sydney

Old English Fish N’ Chips Naremburn

It is an old-school fish ‘n’ chips, plus burgers and wine, served in a bright shopfront with outdoor seating.

  • Address: 2/286-288 Willoughby Rd, Naremburn NSW 2065, Australia
  • Website: http://www.oldenglishfishnchips.com.au/

Review:

“Popular for a reason! Best chips of my life. Parking just out the front. If you’re looking for a delicious takeaway this is the place.” (Google Review)

Stanmore Fish & Chips

It is a small fish and chips restaurants on the south of Sydney.

  • Address: 108 Percival Rd, Stanmore NSW 2048, Australia
  • Website: –

Review:

“Quite simply the best fish and chips in Sydney. Coming from the UK/Ireland I feel I have a pretty solid idea of what proper fish and chips should be and always long for something that tastes like home. This may well be better. Can’t believe I only found this place by chance after 12 years in Sydney.” (Google Review)

British Fish and Chips Melbourne

Northcote Fish & Chips

  • Address: 341 High St, Northcote VIC 3070, Australia
  • Website: http://www.northcotefishandchips.com.au/

Review:

“Excellent traditional British fish and chips.

Quality fish cooked to perfection. This is the best fish and chips I have eaten in Melbourne, coming from an Englishman! Very friendly service too.” (Google Review)

Northern Soul Chip Shop

  • Address: order online delivery
  • Website: https://www.northernsoulchipshop.com/

Review:

“Brilliant food. Authentic British style fish and chips” (Google Review)

British Fish and Chips Brisbane

Chumley Warner’s Traditional British Fish & Chips

Old-school chippy and takeaway for North Atlantic cod and haddock, handmade pies and mushy peas.

  • Address: Birkdale Village Shopping Centre, Shop 8/190 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale QLD 4159, Australia
  • Website: http://www.chumleywarners.com.au/

Review:

“Great find for authentic British fish and chips! Curry sauce was a hit!” (Google Review)

British Fish and Chips Gold Coast

Burleigh British Chippy

Good old English Fish and Chips joint in Burleigh Gold Coast. Small shop but delicious.

  • Address: Tree Tops Plaza, Shop 3/3 Classic Way, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220, Australia
  • Website: https://www.burleigh-britishchippy.com.au/

Review:

“As good as the ones we got in England- everything was absolutely delicious including curry sauce- I have sent your website to all my mates- thanks for opening- we will be regulars.” (Google Review)

British Fish and Chips Perth

British Chippy

  • Address: Currambine Central, Shop C3/1244 Marmion Ave, Currambine WA 6028, Australia
  • Website: https://www.britishchippy.com.au/

Review:

“As an English couple, we have been craving chippy chips for so long and ventured up from Scarborough for them. We got our other English friends some F&C too. Needless to say, we will be back. The gentleman who served us was so lovely and it seemed like the staff enjoy working there. Thanks for our chippy tea!” (Google Review)

Grand Lane Fish

  • Address: Grand Lane is behind, 135 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
  • Website: https://grand-lane-fish-house.business.site/

Review:

“This place is the real deal. Some Fish’n’Chip shops claim to be British when all they do is have a few items like mushy peas on the menu. Grand Lane Fish House sells real North Sea Cod, which not only tastes fantastic (a bit like the better local stuff such as Dhufish and Red Emperor) but is full of healthy fish oil (unlike the local warm water fish). And they use Maris Piper potatoes for their chips. On top of that, they make their mushy peas from scratch!” (Google Review)

See also: The Delicious Wonders of Australian Meat Pie