Good Friday fish & chips

Where To Go For Your Good Friday Fish & Chips In The North East

The age-old tradition of swapping meat for fish on Good Friday means you’ll probably be heading out to your local takeaway or restaurant this Friday. If that’s the case, make sure you’re going to one of the best.

Here’s some of our favorite spots for Good Friday fish and chips in the North East…

Trenchers – Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Awarded the UK’s No.1 Fish & Chip Restaurant in 2020, Trenchers has 40 years of experience in providing outstanding traditional Fish and Chips. As well as vegetarian options, burgers, Thai green curry, and wings.

Located in the heart of Whitley Bay’s picturesque seafront, diners are seated under the spectacular dome ceiling, where balcony and floor seating are available.

Not only do Trenchers offer a treat for the taste buds but also the ears. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening, pianist Mike Waller plays a light tune on the grand piano from 6 pm.

If you’d prefer to eat fish and chips from the comfort of your own home this Friday, Trenchers also offers a takeaway and click-and-collect service. Here you can choose from the menu of seafood favourites, kids’ meals, plus meat and vegetarian/vegan options, to take away and eat at your leisure.

Trenchers is a firm luxe favourite, you can read our full review of our recent experience here.

Good Friday fish & chips

Riley’s Fish Shack –King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth

Described as “The eating experience of the year”, Riley’s Fish Shack offers both deck-chair-dining on Tynemouth’s King Edward’s Bay and classic dining in their Percy Park Road restaurant.

The fish bar and grill located on the sands of King ‘Eddies’ offers local, seasonal fish and seafood. It’s prepared on-site and cooked over a charcoal barbecue. Which results in the finest-tasting delicacies.

Riley’s provides its customers with catch-dependent daily specials, along with lobster, surf and turf, monkfish, Craster kippers, squid, and mackerel, to name a few.

Riley’s is proud of their local network of suppliers and guarantees that diners will be tucking into only the freshest of produce.

They also offer locally sourced beer and ale from the likes of Wylam Brewery. As well as home-made beverages like Mulled Wine/Cider, and Hot Butter Rum. For those, who fancy a cheeky tipple to kick off the Easter weekend.

 The Fish Cottage – Sandsend, Whitby

Located a stone’s throw away from the Sandsend seafront, The Fish Cottage prides itself on serving the finest, locally caught sustainable fish and seafood.

Treat yourself this Good Friday with a roast fillet of bream, a grilled whole sole, seafood pasta, or maybe just some classic Whitby Scampi and chips.

The Fish Cottage recommends that diners make a reservation as the restaurant gets incredibly busy, especially on Good Friday.

If you’d prefer to pop in on a whim, the restaurant has a garden. An ideal place to enjoy your fish and chips on a warm day.

A takeaway service is also on offer here to take your food and drinks home. Or enjoy them whilst taking a walk to soak up Whitby’s breathtaking sea views.

Good Friday fish & chips

Longsands Fish Kitchen – Tynemouth

This award-winning fish and chip takeaway offers seaside staples. Think haddock, cod, salmon, and prawns. Plus, delicious vegetarian and vegan options like halloumi fritters, spiced falafel, and vegan sausages.

The restaurant also offers gluten-free options and a children’s menu for the little ones. 

You can dine in or take away at the restaurant which is committed to sourcing sustainable seafood. Their menu has an extensive range of drinks including a wide range of gins. Perfect for sipping on a summer’s day (or any other season!).

If you’re still feeling peckish, the restaurant also serves ice cream. Perfect for a walk along one of the North East’s most scenic seafronts. 

Saltwater Fish Company – Fenwick Food Hall, Newcastle

Nestled in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre, is this hidden gem in the form of a contemporary fish bar.

Opened as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Fenwick’s Foodhall in 2015, Saltwater Fish Company is part of a group founded by one of the North East’s top chefs, Terry Laybourne.

The small but charming 16-seater restaurant presents an open kitchen with casual seafood dining. Here, you can expect delicious bites such as Fishcakes with Parsley Cream and Chips, King Prawn spaghetti, and oysters. Raw, hot, or cold!

The fishmonger’s counter sells an exquisite range of seasonal fish and shellfish. You’ll be served by an expert who can advise on cooking tips and recipes. That is, if you’d prefer to take the finest Saltwater Fish Company catches home. 

The restaurant hosts Oyster Happy Hour every Monday to Friday, 3-5pm where you can enjoy their delicious oysters for only £1.80 Per Shuck.

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The Seaview Restaurant – Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Claiming to offer the best seafood experience, The Seaview Restaurant serves dishes created from the freshest seafood from the nearby waters each day.

Take a bite of the famous crab brioche enjoyed by Fred Sirieix and Nadiya Hussain, when the restaurant was featured on BBC’s Remarkable Places to Eat. 

Set against the backdrop of Saltburn’s golden sands and Victorian pier, The Seaview offers indoor seating. Plus, an outdoor terrace which is dog friendly. The perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a walk with your four-legged friend.

The team of chefs work closely with local fishermen and producers to supply customers with fresh catches like crab. They’re caught each morning from the shores of Saltburn. 

Colemans Seafood Temple – South Shields

Providing the finest coastal cuisine from local fishermen, Colemans is just a short stroll from the seafront of South Shields.

With a vast menu consisting of local oysters, traditional dishes, and a ‘From the Quay’ section containing a hot seafood platter, whole roast fish of the day, and local native lobster, there’s certainly something for everyone at Colemans.

For us, a traditional fish and chips with a squeeze of lemon and lashings of salt and vinegar go unbeaten here.

An extensive wine, champagne, cocktail, and spirits menu is available to enjoy a delicious beverage with your exquisite food inside of the restaurant or choose to take your food away, head home, to the car or the beach and dig in. 

Click and collect and delivery options are also available.

Good Friday fish & chips

Fishermans Bay – Whitley Bay

Fishermans Bay strives to make the finest fish and chips. They use sustainable fish and home-grown potatoes to provide customers with the best of British.

The restaurant has recently won awards for its outstanding fish and chips. Namely: Winners of the Fry Awards 10 Best Fish and Chip Restaurants 2022/2023, and the Prestige Awards for Fish & Chips Restaurant of the Year.

This Good Friday, Fishermans Bay is hosting a special carnival-like celebration. There will be live music, deck chairs, an ice cream stand, and El Fresco Dining. You can also order takeaway from the menu on their newly launched app. It’s ‘Fisherman’s Bay’ via the App Store or Google Play.

Harbour View – Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay

For the last five years, the extremely popular fish and chip restaurant and takeaway has left devoted customers queuing for over an hour at a time. All to get their fix of Harbour View’s legendary fish and chips on Good Friday.

The owners usually put on a show for their customers in years gone by. Think live singers and musicians serenading the hungry queue, along with face painters and magicians.

This year, they have reassured punters that they’ll be open long hours. And there will be enough fish and chips for everyone!

With plenty of entertainment on offer and enough food to feed the masses, the only thing you will have to worry about is what to order from their dazzling menu.