“ Type: Fish & Chips / Address: 11-15 / Austhorpe View / Leeds LS15 8NN / United Kingdom / Tel: 0113 264 6853 „
Although it's not the healthiest of foods, I enjoy fish and chips as much as the next person. Whilst in Leeds recently I took a trip to The Skyliner', which happens to be one of the region's best known fish restaurants. In terms of its history, the Skyliner has been around for over forty-five years, making it one of the oldest Fish & Chip shops in the city. Original owner John Frances Meehan began digging the foundations in 1967, with the name apparently originating from New York's 'Skyliner Diner'. To date, three generations of the Meehan family have run the business, with the present owners being Johnny's first grandson and his wife.
Stepping into the Skyliner, it's immediately apparent how small the venue is. The restaurant can apparently seat forty-six people, but it is a bit of a squeeze with tables pushed closely together, meaning you'll be in close proximity to the people on the table next to you. To be honest, It feels like the restaurant could do with a couple less tables, but I can understand the temptation to pack in the diners in order to maximize the profits. The general decor is fairly pleasant, and on my previous visits, everything has been nice and clean. If I do have a criticism, it regards the ceiling lighting which is fairly harsh, and doesn't make for the most relaxing of dining experiences.
The crux of a restaurants appeal is in its food, and i'm happy to report that the Skyliner makes decent fish and chips. The food is cooked in good-old-fashioned beef dripping rather than the healthier sunflower oil, and this results in a delicious taste. For those of you with really good appetities, I would recommend the 'Double Haddock' at £8.95, which comprises not just one, but two rather large and tasty fish. The menu is fairly extensive for a fish and chip shop and will no doubt suit a range of tastes. There is also a good selection of starters including; Prawns with a Sweet Chilli Dip, Salmon & Broccoli Fishcakes, and Prawn Cocktail to name just a few.
As well as the traditional Fish & Chip accompaniment tea, the skyliner serves alcoholic drinks which include beer and wine. In terms of the service, meals arrive pretty quickly and the staff have been friendly enough on my previous visits. The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food, and the portions are generous. All in all then, I highly recommend the Skyliner as a decent fish restaurant which serves consistently good food. On the downside, it's not the most relaxing of dining experiences due the overcrowding - but if this is an issue you can always opt for their takeaway service.