I was very surprised at how much choice you have in Fish Tram Chips, I didn't need the menu because I had already decided what I wanted to eat but I saw there were a few vegetarian options like omelette and thought that was good because when I went to a fish and chip restaurant in London with my aunt she only ate chips that night as there was nothing available to go with it except for fish or meat pies. Here there were a few different choices for people who don't eat meat and there are also options in the starters and extras menus that were marked with a V to show vegetarians could eat them.
The menu puts emphasis on fish and chips and that is what I would expect from a seaside chip shop. You have a choice of cod, haddock, hake and plaice and these are all battered but you can request for the fish to be served without batter, two of the fish options could be breaded instead of battered but I can't remember what the two were because I don't like breaded food and on that day was craving a nice traditional piece of battered fish. There is also scampi and fishcakes on the menu, both of those are my favourites when I visit fish restaurants but as I have said I wanted fish on that day (I nearly changed my mind when I saw a lady on another table eating her scampi as it looked delicious with large pieces of scampi and lots of them!).
I remember the menu also had pies on there, burgers, two curry options, sausages and other choices that have slipped from my memory now. If I had to describe the menu I would say it was like a regular fish and chip shop but with a few other choices that are not usually available when you go to get a chip shop take away. Everything is offered with chips but there is the option to not have chips and Fish Tram Chips will deduct a certain amount from your bill, that's a good idea I think because not everyone likes chips and in most restaurants you do not have the choice to say no chips (or if you do you are still charged for them). I had no intention of not having chips because I love them so when I placed my order it was for cod and chips but I asked for them not to serve mushy peas on my plate because I am not a fan of those.
TERRIBLE !!!!!!!Rude staff, rude manager, poor quality, poor value, extremely poor visit. Practically accused us of stealing. Smokers stood at the front door with it drifting in. All round awful and would never return.
I am a 15 year old boy, who ate here with my Mum, Nan and younger sister. Well, while we were there, it seemed lovely. Food was good, the interior was nice, and it seemed all very good. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, as it was so full. I thought the popularity was a good sign. However, the next morning, my Mum felt very ill. She had bad diarrhoea and vomited once or twice. By 5pm, she was shivering, her lips were blue, and she just generally was not very well at all. She was taking in liquids almost constantly, but was still very dehydrated. She had food poisoning from this restaurant. I also had a bad stomach that day. My advice? If you want to stay illness-free, don't eat here.
As some of you will already know we live in Llandudno and I am happy to tell you that we boast an award winning fish and chip shop - in fact it came second in Great Britain in the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year a couple of years ago. Incidentally on the way up to Edinburgh we tried the fish and chips at the winning shop in Biggar and they are nowhere near as good as ours!
The chip shop in question is called Fish Tram Chips which you may think is an odd name but it is directly opposite the terminal where you catch the tram up to the summit of the Great Orme so that explains the name then.
The full address is:
Fish Tram Chips
22/24, Old Road
It is open seven days a week during the summer from 12pm until 3pm and then again from 4.30pm until 7.30pm. In the winter it is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open from 12pm until 2pm and 5pm until 7.30pm during the week and 12pm until 2.15pm on Sunday.
Fish Tram Chips is split into two sections - a traditional takeaway fish and chip shop and a sit down restaurant seating about 25 people.
The menu provides a range of fish including the most popular cod, haddock, Pollock and plaice together with fish cakes, pies, puddings, chicken, scampi etc.
As the place is so popular with locals and visitors alike it does get very busy in the summer season. To make life easier in the takeaway section you go in, order your food, pay and get a numbered ticket. You can then stand inside and wait for your order or you can go outside and sit on one of the benches in the sunshine and watch the world go by while you wait for your food to be cooked and your number to be called! It is a great idea that helps both customers and staff alike as it must be difficult to keep track of all the orders when it's so busy.
The big advantage of the place being so busy is the fact that it means the food is always freshly cooked. I have been in fish and chip shops in the past where food seems to be left in the heated area on the counter for ages - yuk!
The takeaway prices are very good (as are the prices in the restaurant) with fish and chips costing about £4 and for this you get a good sized piece of fish and plenty of chips.
The fish is coated in a light batter and this and the chips are all cooked in the finest vegetable oil which makes for a light taste without all the grease you sometimes get at fish and chip shops.
They do sell a small cone of chips too which is great for me. The owners of the chip shop support the lifeboat and they have one of my collecting boxes on the counter in the takeaway. When I empty the box I buy a cone of chips as a treat to eat as I walk to my next box!
Another thing worth mentioning is that every time I have been in this establishment it has always been spotlessly clean. The wide windows are bright and shiny, the staff all have smart matching uniforms and the whole place looks as though it has just been cleaned.
The restaurant is quite small with about 8 tables and, like the takeaway, it does get busy but it is worth the wait believe me!
The takeaway and the restaurant are separated by a unit about chest height and then open above if you see what I mean. The orders from the restaurant are passed through to the takeaway where they are then cooked to order.
The menu is pretty much the same as the takeaway menu although, obviously it costs slightly more because you are sitting indoors being waited on.
The service is quick, even when it is busy, and the waiting staff are all very friendly. In fact it seems to be a really friendly family sort of place to work - they always seem to be happy there!
On various visits there I have tried the cod, haddock and plaice and all have been cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful.
The restaurant is also licensed so that you can have a glass of wine or a pint of beer with your meal if that's what takes your fancy, although the alcohol is obviously more expensive that it would be in the local pub. There is also a wide range of non alcoholic drinks available and we always have a pot of tea with our meal as we do love our tea!
There are one or two sweets available although the range isn't great but then after you've eaten your fish and chips you are not likely to have room for a sweet!
As a bit of extra information there are toilets situated in the restaurant and are also available to customers of the takeaway and they are as spotlessly clean as the rest of the premises.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend a visit to Fish Tram Chips if ever you are here in Llandudno. It is a bit of an uphill walk from town - just follow the signs for the Tram Station - but it really is worth the effort!
Oh and don't forget to pop a coin, however small, in my lifeboat collecting box!
While having a weekend in Llandudno recently we decided to go on the Great Orme Tram as it was one of the things on our 'maybe' list of attractions, once we realised just how close to the seafront the tram was we just had to have a ride on it. After a wonderful couple of hours on the Great Orme we caught the tram back down and then realised just how hungry we all were.
Luckily Fish Tram Chips is directly opposite the tram station at the bottom of the Orme and I can honestly say they serve the very best cod and chips in Wales.
Fish Tram Chips is both a licensed café and normal takeaway fish and chip shop, we ate from the takeaway section although my son in law did pop into the café to get himself a beer before we headed back to our accommodation.
The first thing I noticed was how clean the premises was; we had visited a different chippy in Llandudno the previous day and it was so dank and grimy looking that we walked out without ordering anything. In stark contrast, Fish Tram Chips was practically gleaming in the July sunshine with spotless windows, serving area, seating and staff wearing clean and pressed uniforms.
Because the chippy gets so incredibly busy (thanks to it's excellent location near the tram) they have a ticketing system that I've never before seen operating in a takeaway, you queue up as usual to order and once you've paid you'll be given a raffle ticket. You can then go outside and soak up the sun (or get soaked in the rain, depending on how you look at it) until your number is called. I think this is a fantastic system as it means that you don't have to stand around waiting in the baking chippy heat for your food to be ready, although really this is the only feasible way Fish Tram Chips could have done it as the takeaway section was so incredibly busy at the time of our visit that I'm sure the staff would get confused rather quickly if the tickets weren't available.
I had cod and chips and, well, it was absolutely delicious. Served in a tray with curry sauce, I paid around £4 and was satisfied with both the size of the fish and amount of chips on my tray. The fish was wonderfully cooked, there wasn't too much batter and what was there was light and absolutely wonderful. I had initially been a little disappointed that the fish was smaller than I was expecting but after moving a few chips around I realised that the fish was very thick and this made it seem all the more substantial as every bite was 'meaty' and full of fresh flavour.
Others in my party had haddock and that too was apparently a delight, in fact everyone absolutely loved their takeaway meal from Fish Tram Chips and there was not a smidgen of food left for the scavenging seagulls which were milling around.
The eat-in section of Fish Tram Chips has very pleasant décor and comfortable seating. As it's licensed you can buy an alcoholic drink to enjoy with your meal, although my son in law commented on how very expensive the lager was compared to the pub we had drunk at the previous evening near the seafront. Here you can purchase proper plated meals (as opposed to simply fish and chips), I quite liked the look of the huge pieces of scampi a lady was eating as I passed to go to the loo although by this point I had already ordered my cod and chips so it was a little late to change my mind.
There is a good range of drinks available inside including lagers and wine, the selection of spirits wasn't so extensive however but really I cannot imagine there would be much call for this kind of drink in what is basically a glorified chippy anyway. I ordered a cup of tea to drink outside while I was eating my fish and chips and it really was a lovely cuppa and not terribly expensive either, I think I paid around £1.40 for it which considering the slightly out of the way location of Fish Tram Chips is very reasonable.
If you are ever in Llandudno I completely recommend you give Fish Tram Chips a try. It's very easy to find as you simply follow the signs to the Great Orme Tram and there is plenty of outdoor seating so you can sit and relax while eating your dinner. Most of the benches were taken when we arrived but a very kind young couple stood up to make room for my and my son in laws mum so we were fine, if a little embarrassed at having been singled out as 'elderly' or perhaps 'infirm' (please delete as applicable!).
Please be aware that Fish Tram Chips does get very busy indeed, they actually ran out of potatoes and had to close the takeaway a few minutes after our meal was ready - luckily we had ordered in time as we had been considering having a walk around the area before our lunch and we'd have missed out on this delicious meal!