At the time of writing, the long established Fleetwood chippy, Richardson’s, is in the process of rebranding itself as the Fish House. It follows on from its recent success of winning the north west regional final of this year’s Fish & Chip Shop of the Year award. There’s competition in this immediate area with two previous regional winners coming from Thornton, just down the road. And Richardson’s are very worthy winners.
Haddock – generous portion, crisp batter, lovely flakes of tasty fish
Chips – perfectly fried
Peas – appropriately mushy
Tartare sauce – affectation which has no place on a northern plate
Bread – thick slice from a good bloomer. Perhaps a little too thick for the perfect chip butty but you play the cards you’re dealt.
Free soft drink – served ice cold with an ice cold glass
By the by, across the road is a really good fishmonger, selling a wide range of fresh and frozen (we came home with smoked haddock, halibut, hot smoked salmon, tuna, whelks and shrimps). Perhaps it's to be expected that there'd be good fish in the town that was once home to the north west's thriving trawler fleet. And it’s only a short amble to the Freeport Outlet mall where I got a pair of shoes and herself got shoes, frocks and other stuff. All in all, a good day out.