Nothing beats fish, chips and ice-cream on a sunny day am I right?
Well actually one thing does…fish, chips and ice-cream in Scotland’s most famous award-winning chippie (AND *whispers* getting to skip the infamous queue)!
As one half of the Fife for Kids team, I was invited, along with the family, to Anstruther Fish Bar to see what they’re all about on a unseasonably hot Scottish afternoon and we were not disappointed.
We decided to pop up to Anstruther early as it’s a fair drive for us and it would be silly to go all that way and not have a play at Anster beach. The East Neuk of Fife is so beautiful, seaside houses and independent shops so a little wander was in order too.
Being by the seaside just makes you smile doesn’t it.
Now if you haven’t heard of Anstruther Fish Bar, let me tell you if it’s good enough for the Duchess of Cornwall AND Wills and Kate, it’s good enough for me. Yes, that is how well thought of this place is. So it should come as no surprise that you can expect to queue to get a seat or to take out. But it’s very very worth it and the nautical decor will keep you entertained while you wait. Better yet, leave the other half queueing while you and the kids pop to the beach.
We were met by Alison, who co-owns the Fish Bar with her husband Robert. Alison talked us through the menu….all locally sourced, sustainable produce, with the Scottish seafood coming from boats that adopt sustainable fishing practices through the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme, and everything from the rolls, eggs, milk and even wine, yes WINE, coming from Scottish companies.
We don’t eat out for dinner very often as we worry about how the kids will behave and if they will wait patiently for their food. I had my bag packed with various little toys to keep them amused but I needn’t have worried. The kids were provided with their own little activity packs which they loved and that kept them entertained the entire time.
Anyway, down to the food. As we were reviewing we opted to sit in and experience the table service, which was super friendly and fast (major plus when you have kids in tow!).
The grown-ups opted for the Pittenweem prawns in breadcrumbs (Scampi to us commoners) and the classic fish and chips, alongside some mushy peas whilst T had a kids fish and chips and little L of course ate a bit of everyone’s. If you opt to sit in the restaurant your meal includes some bread and butter and a hot drink, and the kids’ includes water, milk or a soft drink so it all works out at great value for money.
There wasn’t a whole lot of talking during dinner and it’s fair to say that we ate every last scrap. It really is tip-top fish and chips, cooked perfectly and served quickly.
To wash it down I tried the Scottish wine. I had to….I mean it’s wine…from SCOTLAND! It’s odd. Except it’s not really, it was a really light, fruity and tasty red wine believe it or not. But if I’m being really honest, as much as I love wine, and I really, really do, for me fish and chips has to be consumed with a can of Irn Bru and I missed my wee bru on this occasion.
After our mains the kids of course wanted ice-cream (which is almost as famous as the fish and again made using Scottish ingredients) and this came served in little plastic boats which they could take home afterwards. We stuck to coffee, though it transpired that Alan only decided not to have ice-cream because he didn’t want to seem greedy after I had opted not to have any (insert eye-roll emoji here!) Thankfully little L gave up halfway through hers so he got a wee try.
For me Anstruther Fish Bar richly deserves its reputation as the best chippy in Scotland..nae Britain. A family business dedicated to sustainability offering great value for money and tasty, locally caught fish, in a fast and friendly manner. What more could you want?
PS – It’s fair to say that everyone’s top button was out for the drive home. Success!
You can read more about Anstruther Fish Bar on their Fife for Kids listing, which includes contact details and links to their website and social media accounts.
*The Fife for Kids team were paid for this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely honest.