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Fish 'n' Fritz (Weymouth)

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Fish 'n' Fritz / 9 Market street / Weymouth DT4 8DD / (01305) 766386 / info@fishnfritz.co.uk.

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      13.11.2006 11:52
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      Delicious food in a fabulous setting.

      If you’re ever in Weymouth and fancy fish and chips then head to Fish ‘n’ Fritz on Market Street. You can take your meal away in cardboard boxes or sit in their large non smoking restaurant area, as this chippy is located a short walk away from the Old Harbour I took mine outside to eat on the harbour wall watching the boats go past.

      The restaurant is scrupulously clean with traditional wooden tables and chairs on a smartly tiled floor. It’s airy and light, pastel décor mixed nicely with wooden furniture and fittings gives the restaurant a very relaxing and quaint atmosphere. If you’re eating inside you order from your table and your meals are brought to you on a ‘proper’ plate with cutlery, this makes for a more sophisticated dining experience than you’d expect from a chip shop.

      If you’re having a take away you go to the counter and place your order then wait while your fish is freshly cooked. If you want your fish without batter than ask when you order, Fish ‘n’ Fritz are very accommodating and will cook your food to your requirements - it’s nothing to them to leave the batter off and your fish will still be cooked superbly. Chips come in three different sizes, with even the smallest portion being pretty big so don’t let your belly rule your heart – if you order a large portion then you probably won’t eat them all.

      The food is absolutely fantastic. The chips are obviously fresh and not too greasy, being served in the cardboard box helps I think because the box helps to soak up some of the excess oil from the well drained chips. I’d spent the morning watching the fishing boats unload their catch so felt kinda obliged to order fish; I played it safe with my favourite battered cod but could have chosen from skate, haddock or plaice. My fish was wonderfully fresh; while chips should be smothered with salt and vinegar, I don’t like any salt sprinkled on my fish – I’m not sure if it was my imagination but my cod seemed naturally salty as if it was fresh from the sea. The fish was beautifully flaky while the thick and very tasty batter added a new and yummy dimension to my meal. I actually licked the grease off my fingers after I’d finished eating!

      As well as fish you can treat yourself to all the usual chip shop meals at Fish ‘n’ Fritz; good quality thick meat pies, chicken legs, the biggest battered sausages I’ve ever seen, roe and saveloys also feature on the menu and you have the choice of purchasing them separately or with chips as a meal. All food is freshly cooked as you order it so, again, don’t be shy if you want anything cooked in a specific way. Also, pickled onions, eggs and cans of pop are available to go with your meal – the only thing missing is jars of cockles, but considering this place is surrounded with shops selling fresh cockles it’s probably not surprising.

      Fish ‘n’ Fritz is quite pricey, but you’re paying for excellent quality filling food so I really didn’t begrudge paying over the odds. I ordered two large battered cod and chips, pie and chips and a piece of roe on its own and this cost a whopping £14.25. This might seem expensive to you, but believe me once you’ve tasted these fish and chips you’ll think it’s cheap at half the price.

      While you’re waiting for your food to be cooked, check out the photograph board which shows the owners and staff of Fish ‘n’ Fritz with loads of celebrities from Rose Royce (remember them?!) and Bobby Davro to the Roly Polys and erm… one of the Nolans. An interesting display, and the photos make it obvious that this chippy is the one preferred by the celebs who are booked to perform at the nearby Weymouth Pavilion.

      Staff in here are great. While we waited for our food I got chatting to the bloke behind the counter (who turned out to be the owner) and he was really informative about the local Weymouth area, he put me onto a couple of pubs which I hadn’t spotted and also advised me of the best place to go for my Sunday lunch the next day. The restaurant area was fairly busy at the time of our fleeting visit and I could see staff rushing around clearing tables and removing empty glasses and coffee cups, the area was clean at all times and I don’t know how they did it!

      Fish ‘n’ Fritz is fully accessible to disabled visitors and families with pushchairs. The entrance doors are very wide and the spaces between tables’ means the restaurant is very easy to manoeuvre around both for wheelchair users and people with general mobility problems.

      Finding this chippy is a piece of cake. Mention the name in any local shop and they’ll point you in the right direction. Simply walk to the end of the Old Harbour and turn right at the lifting road bridge (a brilliant sight, by the way) along Market Street, Fish ‘n’ Fritz is at the end of this narrow road around 200 yards from the Harbour wall. Then walk back with your delicious smelling meal and imagine what life would be like on one of the passing £1 million boats.

      Fish ‘n’ Fritz
      9 Market Street
      Weymouth
      DT4 8DD
      Tel: 01305 766386

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