We tried the “best” fish and chips in town to test the crispy batter

Fish and chips are a favorite of almost every Brit, whether you’re at the beach on a summer’s day or just finished work on a Friday night, the takeaway is a British staple. But how good can the classic fish and chips formula be?

To answer this question, we decided to visit what many locals consider Chesterfield’s best “chippy”. According to its TripAdvisor and Google reviews, Chester’s Restaurant and Takeaway is the best in Chesterfield.

The restaurant in Sheffield Road has received many positive reviews and anyone walking past the takeaway outlet at meal times will have seen the kettle of people waiting outside. With that in mind, we were excited to see what made Chester’s fish and chips so special.

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The place

Chester’s is unique in that attached to the typical “chippy” take-out outlet, there is also a dine-in restaurant. We decided not to partake in an in-house dining experience and opted for the good old fashioned takeout.

Although there were a handful of people waiting outside for takeout, we were able to order immediately, before a quick five minute wait for our meal. Luckily we had hit the jackpot for the UK weather, so instead of bringing our meal home we sat on one of the dozens of picnic benches outside the takeaway.

The food

To ensure an array of dishes were sampled, we ordered a sausage and a regular fish box meal. For a fixed price depending on the dish you order, a meal box comes with fries and then peas, beans or sauce.

The dough was the creme de la creme of the meal. A perfect crunch was audible when tucking into the fish, and we didn’t feel greasy, which can happen when there’s too much batter.

The fish also had the right texture, other fish and chip shops sometimes make the fish too dry, but Chester crushed it. The fries weren’t too greasy, but could have been saltier as we weren’t offered salt and had to come back and ask for some.

We found the portion sizes to be very good

Finishing second after the dough should be the pea dough. A burst of flavor when sampling the peas meant if anything left us wanting a bigger serving.

As for the sausage, we had an unbeaten sausage and it was fine. It’s hard to pass judgment on a plain sausage because it tastes the same in most fish and chip establishments.

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Regular Fish Box Meal – £7

Sausage Box Meal – £5

Total – £12


We were left impressed. For 12 we had plenty of food, portions were great with leftover crisps to take home for later. Chester’s offers a range of other items such as pies, chicken and burgers, so we’d need a second verdict to give a full menu breakdown.

For what you pay at Chester, you will definitely get what you pay for. It’s easy to see why it’s ranked among the best in the region. If you think there’s a fish and chip shop in the Chesterfield area that rivals Chester, let us know on the Chesterfield Live Facebook page

* The Derby Telegraph conducts undercover visits to restaurants, takeaways and cafes in an effort to provide a fair, balanced and accurate report on customer service and food on offer. Our hope is that, for the good of the business owner and the customer, we can report positively on the places we visit. However, if our experience is not 100% positive, we are required to report what we find, in our opinion.

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