Growing up in the Black Country, I would like to think I tried the best that fish and chips has to offer. In the West Midlands Orange Chips are at the top of my chip shop receipts and with every bite I would exclaim, “It sure can’t get better than this!” “
That was until I found out that Papa’s in Blackpool is considered the best chippy in the UK.
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Opened in 1966 in Hull, Papa’s has been serving the public with its secret recipe for decades.
In 2015, Papa’s won the title of ‘World’s Largest Fish & Chips Store’ for its Hull restaurant before winning Britain’s Best Fish & Chips award two years later in a televised search for the BBC to crown the best national chippy.
So, Papa has an impressive array of accomplishments – but what does their mighty fish actually look like?
First of all, he’s the fanciest chippy ever
The interior of a chip shop is up to you to do with it.
I’m never disappointed to see the beam of a large heated counter up front, or maybe a large octopus and a smiling fish on the wall for decoration – but Dad isn’t here for that. Daddy is chic.
Inside, Papa’s is something of a vintage, stylish film. The floor around the bar is shiny black and white checkered tiles and the bar is looked down upon by a multitude of healthy-looking plants.
This is the kind of place where you would expect to eat a Michelin-lauded meal, not fish and chips. Well done Papa, you hold me well.
The menu was huge and quite tempting
You don’t really expect to be taken aback by the question: what do you want from chippy? But at Papa, you will be.
Their menu was huge. There were vegetarian options, entrees, desserts, sides and a plethora of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Its most popular dishes, made famous by the BBC and their many awards, have been labeled as such.
For our entree we had to try their award winning Battered Halloumi, labeled ‘Papa’s Famous’. It was priced at £ 4.99 and is described as ‘Three pieces of breaded halloumi drizzled with honey, served with a salad garnish’.
Let me tell you this, Papa’s Battered Halloumi is the best thing I have ever tasted. My mouth watering even writing about it.
“Why doesn’t everyone put honey on Halloumi?” I would exclaim as I sincerely devour each piece. It’s genius.
Our starter was so good that we packed it up and brought it back to Norbreck Castle to have something good to take away from our stay.
Aside from the halloumi, there is so much to offer at Papa and your entree is just the start.
The secret dough recipe
Bad fish and chips are usually bad because the batter tastes like cardboard. But Papa’s is proud to know that the original recipe is a winner.
I ordered the big cod and fries for £ 10.99, served with a lemon wedge and bread on request. We also added mashed peas and curry sauce to preference for the dip.
I would like to ask Papa’s if the big fish is considered big and not ‘massive’, how big is the giant haddock priced at £ 14.99? Is it a whale?
I really couldn’t fault the dish and the overall experience. The staff were excited about the food they served and it made me feel excited to eat there.
It was extraordinary and I now live in fear of my next visit to a chip shop other than Dad’s.
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