Great venue for fish and chips Friday

The new decor in the newly opened Fish Bits Family Restaurant. Picture: Andrew Roe
The new decor in the newly opened Fish Bits Family Restaurant. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sometimes nothing quite hits the spot like good old fish and chips.

So at the end of a long working week, we headed out in search of the ultimate comfort food.

Fish Bits, open only a few weeks, came highly recommended and only a five minute drive away in Carr House Road so we decided to give it a go.

The decor is quite something for a “fish and chip shop”; smart leather chairs, wood floors, chic cream and aqua colour scheme, tasteful prints of old Doncaster on the walls. It’s all a far cry from the traditional chippy.

Although it was early on a Friday evening, we were far from the only customers in search of a tea-time treat.

There was a warm welcome from the friendly and efficient staff too.

The menu too is not what you’d expect from “just a chippy”. As well as the fish fresh from Grimsby, there was a wide choice to suit everyone, including salads and jackets.

The list of starters was long and tempting, with most, including soup, garlic mushrooms and prawn cocktail all under £3, and, if you want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) a delicious sounding fish platter priced at £4.69.

But we had been warned that they don’t scimp on the portions at Fish Bits, so, a little reluctantly it has to be said, we skipped straight to the mains.

For me, there was no question. It had to be haddock and chips.

I don’t eat fish and chips often and, to be honest it’s a fairly recently acquired taste for an almost veggie like me, but, thanks to gentle persuasion from a fish-loving sister and an introduction to the delights of the North Shields fish quay fish and chip restaurants, I’m now a bit of a convert and if I’m in the mood for a treat it’s often my dish of choice.

My other half took longer to peruse the menu. Gourmet meat pie or chilli caused him to pause and he was very tempted by the luxury fish pie at £7.19, which did sound delicious, but in the end, tradition won out, and he joined me for haddock and chips.

Minutes later a whale of a plate was in front of us; fish, chips, crisp salad and a separate serving of mushy peas and bread and butter.

The fish was beautiful; flakes of fresh, snow white fish and crisp tasty batter. The chips were excellent too - no soggy, greasy slivers here!

It was an excellent plateful - and we made short work of it. Great value too at £6.99.

When it came to puddings we admitted defeat. The selection was pretty mouth-watering if you did have room though. There was sticky toffee pudding and my favourite apple crumble, but I still couldn’t be tempted. I did have a delicious “proper” coffee to round off the meal. There was a range of soft drinks too.

If you have kids in tow there’s a good selection for the little ones too, whether they are fish lovers or not and even the fussiest eaters can be accommodated.

OK , so Carr House Road isn’t North Shields quayside, or my other favourite chippy venue, Marine Drive in Scarborough, but if you want a great plate of fish and chips Fish Bits is hard to beat.

The views aren’t everything!

Kath Finlay