Hidden Gems: The Best Fish and Chips in Brighton

By Jamie Stilgoe

A summer stroll along Brighton beach front wouldn’t be complete without, that quintessentially British meal – fish and chips. Crispy battered fish, salt n’ vinegar on chips with yesterday’s newspaper glistening with grease.

Summer may seem a distant memory but for those looking to recapture that hazy magic there is a place where you can go and eat in warmth.

For many in Brighton, The Fishbowl is a hidden gem. Tucked away on the corner of East Street, it offers a late night liquor licence and decent jukebox making it a must for post-midnight drinking.

What these same people fail to realise is that, during the daytime, it also serves the best fish and chips since Harry Ramsden set up shop next to the pier (and suspiciously opposite the Sea-Life Centre.)

In true Brighton style, the Fishbowl Fish and Chips hardly stick to the norm – if only the same could be said about your arteries.

Strangely, Fish and Chips may be stereotypically British but they are actually Indian in origin. In tribute to this, The Fishbowl serve an Indian inspired version of the dish, complete with onion bhajis, mango chutney and fish delicately flavoured with spices. Other variations include Beer Batter, Chili & Lime, Toasted Herbs & Garlic or Lemon & Cracked Black Pepper.

At around £8, prices are not the cheapest, and the toilets rival the ones from Trainspotting, but the portion sizes more than make up for this and anyway, hidden gems often need a little polishing or they wouldn’t be hidden in the first place.


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