The 10 Best Fish and Chip Shops in Southend

Over the years we’ve done extensive research into the fish and chip availability on the c2c route. We love our jobs and we’re regulars to Southend and the coast. So while we can’t pretend to write a definitive guide to fish and chips along the line, we can give you our own personal opinion of our favourites. You can agree, or not. But if you don’t, then be sure to send in your replacement for us to include next time!

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Southend Pier Fish & Chips

End of Southend Pier

Southend Pier Fish And Chips

Reward yourself after that 1.34 mile stroll along the famous Southend Pier. The fish shop in the beach hut at the end of the pier is back. As well as being some of the most well-earned chips in Southend, they also come with a fantastic view over the sweeping Thames Estuary coastline. Walk it off or take the pier train back.

To get here, take the c2c train to Southend Central. From there, it’s a 10 minute walk to Southend Pier.


Kingfisher Fish & Chips

Queens Road Southend-on-Sea

Kingfisher Chippy

When we put out this article on Facebook we had a resounding reply to add the Kingfisher to the list. This one had the big thumbs up from our fans as being ‘batter’ than all the others. It’s a bit of a detour away from the seafront but the walk is worth it.

Get the train to Southend Central, and walk 6 minutes to Queens Road.


Oldham’s Fish Restaurant

West Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

oldhams fish restaurant

Fresh, filling and when the locals tout it as the best in town, you know you’re onto a winner. It’s a bit of a hike from the beach (and the nearest station is Westcliff) but it’s worth the trek for the food. Located just across from Westcliff’s Palace Theatre it’s been keeping locals happy since 1967. Absolutely delicious.

To get to the restaurant, take the train to Westcliff and walk 12 minutes to West Road.


Van Looy’s Fish and Chips

Clifftown Road, Southend

van looys fish and chips

If you get off the train starving (as we always do) Van Looy’s is ideal. It’s right across the road from Southend Central and serves hearty fish and chips, just what you need for a busy day on the beach! As well as the obligatory cod and mushy peas they’re also fully licensed, which gives them extra bonus points in our book.


The Peterboat

High Street, Leigh-on-Sea

the peterboat leigh on sea

It’s as much about the venue as the food here at this pub. The huge terrace gets busy in summer, but as a result there’s a great buzz and atmosphere. Right on the sea wall it’s a great stop on a walk along the coast – or as a venue itself. If you don’t want to choose from the range of fish dishes, there’s a cockle shed serving all your local delights. And they serve Rossi ice cream. Say no more.

From Leigh-on-Sea station, walk 10 minutes to reach The Peterboat.


Henry Higgins Fish Bar

London Road, Southend

henry higgins

In the town, away from the crowds at the seaside is the Henry Higgins. What it lacks in style (it’s fair to say) it makes up for in taste, as the fish and chips are great. It’s been there a long while and has a steady following of regulars. If you’re in town shopping or passing through, you’ll do worse than fill up on fish here.

To get here, get the train to Southend Central, and walk 10 minutes to London Road.


West Road Fish Bar

West Road, Shoeburyness

west road fish bar

Just a short walk from the Shoeburyness seafront (and the same in the other direction from the train station) is the West Road Fish Bar. It’s what we’d call a functional place. There’s fish and chips, there’s seating. And if you’re hungry and tired that’s all you need. Don’t forget those mushy peas though.

This restaurant is a 19 minute walk from Shoeburyness Station, or you can get off at Thorpe Bay Station and take the 7 or 8 bus to West Road.


Sands Bistro

Icon Building Western Esplanade, Southend

sands bistro

Sands Bistro is popular for weddings and events, thanks to panoramic views over the estuary and its open sun deck. It’s found in the heart of Southend, opposite the popular Three Shells Lagoon and right on the beach. If you like wine and a view with your fish and chips, then this is the place for you.

The Icon Building is a 12 minute walk from Southend Central Station.



11 Palmeira Parade, Westcliff-on-Sea


Visit Smileys, under the arches at Westcliff for that old world ‘living room’ vibe. You’ll instantly be transported to fish and chips with your granny by the seaside. This tiny little place is always busy and while it’s not a 5 star restaurant it never pretends to be. It does exactly what it says on the tin 🙂

To get to the restaurant, take the train to Westcliff and walk 5 minutes to Palmeira Parade.


The Fish House

East Street, Southend

the fish house

Situated away from bustle of the seaside, this chippy has been around for almost 30 years. Due to its close proximity to Southend United’s ground Roots Hall (across the road) it’s a favourite of the United fans and is jam packed on match days.

To get here, you can walk 22 minutes from Westcliff Station, or walk 6 minutes from Southend Central Station to Whitegate Road where you can get several buses for 4 stops which will drop you off in front off at East Street.

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