Hello fellow food lovers, and welcome to a new series on your Lytham St Annes news.  Today we embark on the adventure of exploring all the Fish and Chip shops (and restaurants) of Lytham St Anne’s.

Today’s (27/01/2020) surprise visit was to the well-known Whelans Fish and Chips, which is located on Clifton St, Lytham, FY8 5EW.

My colleague and I were rather hungry, as we had just returned back from an exciting four days in Switzerland, so this made us crave British food even more after spending time abroad.

We walked into the shop and decided that, as it was the first review, we would sit down in the restaurant area.  Immediately on entry, we were greeted by a very pleasant waitress who guided us to our table.  As we arrived just before 7pm, the restaurant was empty apart from a lovely nurse who was taking her granddad out for dinner.

Whelans restaurant is very clean inside, and has local pictures on the wall which give it a real homely feel.  We examined the toilets and they were immaculate.

On ordering the dinner we were hit with a small dilemma, my colleague is a pie and a sausage lover, so the poor chap just didn’t know which to order.  Ending the stalemate I decided to order him both, as the uncertainty was starting to spoil my night!  He ordered a homemade cheese pie, with chips and gravy and a sausage on the side.  I opted for the large cod, chips and mushy peas.  The waitress informed us we could have a hot drink of our choice and bread with the food, so we both chose the tea as we needed warming up after spending a few days in the Alps!

The food arrived very promptly.  On first inspection I noticed that the large cod had been very well cooked, and was piping hot, the batter was nice and crispy and had a good taste. The chips were quite crunchy, and were cooked correctly although they could have been a little hotter – they were definitley not from frozen!  The peas actually tasted of peas and not green food colouring – like some of the establishments I have visited.  The homemade tartar sauce was a delightful garnish which I was very happy with.  Sadly, my colleague’s homemade cheese pie was a little cool for his liking, but the waiter immediately heated it up for him; again – excellent service.   It has to be said, the sausage was his favourite though. He informed me that it was a ‘proper’ sausage, far superior to the usual chip shop standards. He was impressed with the size, meatiness and the general taste of it.  He devoured it within minutes and said he preferred sausage to pie from now on.

The teas were nice, and overall it was a quick quiet evening.

The cost was a very reasonable £22.00.

We rate Whelans 7/10



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