Cumbria’s favourite chippies according to the people that live there

Cumbria loves a good trip to the chippy.

And to celebrate National Chip Week (February 20 to 26) we asked our CumbriaLive readers over on Facebook to tell us what their favourite chip shop was, and they didn’t let us down.

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Readers got in touch in their droves, recommending their number one chippies, from Ulverston to Whitehaven and Keswick to Kendal.

National Chip Week is always celebrated during the last full week of February and marks the beauty that is THE CHIP, in all its potatoey, crispy and thick glory.

We’ve had a good trawl through the nominations and put together a list of a potato sack-full of plaices that were nominated multiple times and others from around Cumbria, while you can find the full list here.

Read on to find out if your top chippy has got everyone else hooked, too…

Carlisle

Morton Fryer, Morton

Open: Tuesday to Friday, 4.15-8pm and Saturday 11.45am-1.30pm, 5-7.30pm

CumbriaLive readers named this chip haven on numerous occasions and one reviewer on Facebook goes as far to say the Morton Fryer cooks the “Best fish and chips in the city.”

The Morton Frey counter ready for a busy 'chippy tea' night
The Morton Frey counter ready for a busy ‘chippy tea’ night
(Image: Morton Fryer/Facebook)

The Fryery, Newtown Road

Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am–1.30pm, 4–8.30pm

Extra Brownie points for the punny name choice. One recent reviewer said The Fryery was “super clean and highly recommended with outside and indoor dining”.

Fontana’s, London Road

Open: Monday to Thursday, 11.15am–1.30pm, 4.30–9pm, Friday and Saturday, 11.15am–9pm

This place has fish and chips as the main event on the menu, but you can also enjoy a pie, a battered Cumberland sausage or your chips smothered in gravy and curry sauce. It has a 4.5 rating or higher on Google, Facebook and Tripadvisor.

Dalston Fryer, The Square, Dalston

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11.30am–1.30pm, 4.30–9pm

The range of food on offer at the Dalston Fryer seems to play a big part in why customers keep coming back.

From pizzas and pies to traditional fish & chips and Chinese dishes, there’s something for most people’s takeaway taste.

Kendal

Fish Express, Highgate
Fish Express, Highgate

Fish Express, Highgate

Open: Monday to Thursday, 11.30am – 8pm and Saturday 11.30am-8.30pm

Fish Express rates highly on online review sites, especially Facebook where it scores a 4.9. One review said: “Great fish & chips. “Service is good when you consider how busy it can get at popular times.”

Sandylands Fish and Chips, Langdale Crescent

Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 4.30-7.30pm

From a light bite to a full meal, Sandylands Fish and Chips has got you covered. They run a collection and takeaway service, and you can book your timeslot online.

Far Cross, Longpool

Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 11.30am-2pm, 4.30-8pm

We’ll just leave this Google review for Far Cross here: “This Chippy provides a well-cooked, tasty, meal, time-after-time, at reasonable prices.

“The quality and service is rock-solid.”

Did you know?

Belgians have been deep frying potatoes since the 17th century before introducing fish and chips in the United Kingdom?

Keswick

Kingfisher, Main Street

Open: Monday to Thursday, 11am-8.30pm, Friday and Saturday, 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

This was easily one of the most nominated chippies on the list. It is highly rated on online review sites, and is popular for its large portions and the menu has a good range of options, including gluten free and vegetarian.

Whitehaven

Heavenly Fish, Market Place

Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-7pm

This takeaway was also recommended multiple times and has an impressive 4.9 rating on Facebook, where customers can’t seem to get enough of the food.

If fried chicken is your kind of thing, Heavenly Fish is also popular for that South American dish, too.

Heavenly Fish rates highly on online
Heavenly Fish rates highly on online
(Image: Heavenly Fish/Facebook)

Cottage Chippy, Hensingham

Open: Monday to Friday, 11am-2pm, 409pm and Saturday 11am-9pm

Another long-lasting chip shop establishment on the shortlist, Cottage Chippy first opened in 1934 and has been going strong ever since.

You can enjoy cod or haddock to go with your chunky chips, with burgers, a plethora of side options and meat patties also on the menu.

Penrith

The Little Chippy, Corn Market

Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11,30am–1.30pm, 4.30–8pm and Sunday 4.30-8pm

Located in the heart of the town, The Little Chippy is popular with locals and tourists alike.

One customer said they were served “good quality fish and chips” – what more can you ask for?

Barrow-in-Furness

York Street Chippy, York Street

Open: Wednesday and Thursday,4.30-7pm, Friday, 11.30am–1.15pm, 4–7pm and Saturday 11.30am-1.15pm

One recent Google review said York St Chippy is “the best in town” while others have simply given it five-star ratings, leaving it with an impressive overall 4.8 score.

Mattie’s, Ainslie Street

It’s not just about great fish and chips here, as Mattie’s also has other fishes dishes alongside burgers, jumbo battered sausages and chicken nuggets

Kent Street Chippie, Kent Street

Open: Monday, 4.30-8pm, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 11.30am–1.30pm, 4.30–8pm, Thursday, 11.30am–1.30pm, 4.30–9pm

They sure love to name their chippies after streets in Barrow. It must be part of their magic, as Kent Street was also nominated a couple of times by CumbriaLive readers.

Ulverston

Chippy Bank, King Street

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11.30am–1.30pm, 4.30–8:.0pm

You can expect your usual British chip shop favourites on the Chippy Bank menu, with some more unusual dishes mixed in, with battered haggis recently included to celebrate Burns Night.

Greenodd, Crakeside Business Park

Open: Tuesday to Thursday, 11.30am–2pm, 4.30–8pm, Friday and Saturday 11.30am-8pm

Ideally located on the busy A5092 road, expect a queue if you rock up for your lunch here but the wait will most likely be worth it.

One Tripadvisor review said: “Such a good chippy tea. Great quality fish and chips, batter crispy and fresh, chips lovely too.”

Greenodd is located in a prime position next to the busy A5092
Greenodd is located in a prime position next to the busy A5092
(Image: Tripadvisor)

Workington

Superfish, Pow Street

Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am–8pm

Superfish also ranks highly on online review sites, and also has the bonus of a dine-in area for you to sit down, relax and enjoy your fish and chips.

Cross Quays, Maryport

Open: Monday, 11.30am-2pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am–2pm, 4.30–9pm

The menu here is vast and varied, which is outlined by one reviewer on Google: “Really lovely food. We had fish and chips, haggis and chips. All were delicious.”

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