We all know when it comes to lunch by the seafront or a satisfying dinner at home for two, there aren't many choices finer than fish and chips.

Most of us have a local takeaway within a short walk or drive of our house. But why not push the boat out and try some of the most recommended in Colchester and wider north Essex?

We asked our readers on our Facebook page where was the best place for fish and chips in the area.

We have compiled a list of places that our readers can’t get enough of.

Some of these fish and chip restaurants are described as 'the finest in East Anglia'.

Howe and Co Fish and Chips Van 25

Commenter Daniel Collins says your best bet is Howe and Co Fish and Chips Van 25, which he describes as the finest in the region. "The rest doesn't come close sadly," he said.

Johnny Mac's Fish and Chips

Several commenters gave a shout out to Johnny Mac's Fish and Chips, in Hunwicke Road, Colchester.

Their website says: "We pride ourselves serving quality fish and chips, fresh chicken fillet burgers, southern fried chicken burgers, peri peri chicken burgers, gourmet burgers, veggie burgers. Breakfasts from midday till closing. If you are ordering a burger, we design them round you. Salad and sauce completely up to you at no extra cost."


Errol Mehmet commented "hands down, Henley's is the best."

Henley's, in Vine Parade, Wivenhoe, promises on its website: "All of our chips are peeled and chipped fresh each morning, all of our fish are trimmed and pin boned - meaning there are no bones."

Dr Chippy's

Carol Burt said: "Doctor Chippy - only decent fish and chips in Colchester and really good portions."

The town centre Dr Chippy's, in St Botolph's, in Colchester, boasts testimonials on its website proclaiming it to be "the best in town."


Several people proclaimed Nindy's, in Dugard Avenue, Stanway to be the best in the area.

Steve Badhasha said: "Nindy's in Stanway. Definitely the best in Colchester by a mile."

Their website proclaims the business to be traditional and family run, started back in 1984.

It says: "Nindy’s opened in 1999 and we have carried on the same principles and recipes, which have been implemented in every shop since we started."


Frydays, in Ipswich Road, Colchester also received plaudits.

With a four and a half star rating on Tripadvisor, reviews include a description as the "best fish and chips in Colchester."