Enjoy Your Fish & Chips
The Aldeburgh Way

No visit to the suffolk coast is complete without it

Family run for
50 Years

Horace and Celia Cooney bought the fish and chip shop from Mr Cooper in 1967. Mr Cooper, originally from Yorkshire, taught them to fry in beef dripping. Their son Peter was 11 years old.

Trade grew rapidly causing the shop to get bigger and living accommodation smaller. We started with a 2-pan range and have since upgraded to a 4, then 5 and now 6 pan ranges. Eventually the only way to expand was to get another shop. We opened The Golden Galleon in 1997, then The Upper Deck in 2000. We started with 3 employees, today we have over 30.

Peter started in the shop as a boy, taking money and giving the change. After leaving school at 16, he went on to filleting fish and frying. Peter’s wife Susan joined in 1977, helping to run the business. Their son Alan and his wife Zuzana joined in 2010 after finishing University. Susan sadly died the same year, the day before Aldeburgh Carnival. In difficult circumstances, we remained open the next day. Committed to serving fish and chips, we are open everyday except Christmas Day (even then we’re asked to open).

Brenda Wells and Susan Burns have been with us since 1980 and 1981 and are still frying today. Likewise, Jane Smith, Katy Curling and Alison Bailey joined with the opening of the Golden Galleon in ’97, with Tania Jamieson joining in ’98. Each has had family work in our shops, extending the meaning of “family run” business.

Horace worked up to his death in 1998, never leaving the business, and we lost Celia, known as “mother” to many who worked at the fish and chip shop in 2015.

Our traditional methods have remained unchanged for 50 years, although technology has improved over time. In 2016, both the Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop and The Golden Galleon had 6-pan High Efficiency ranges installed with Active Triple Filtration by Florigo, to produce the highest quality fish and chips. The Golden Galleon also underwent a full refurbishment.

We are very grateful for the amazing support we get from our customers, and are proud of all people that have worked very hard for us over the last 50 years. Our passion for the wonderful town of Aldeburgh and fish and chips will carry on for many more years…

Our locations

Enjoy your Fish and Chips the Aldeburgh way

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

We are widely regarded as one of the best Fish and Chip Shops in Britain. Come and try us to discover why. Fried the same way since 1967, we use fresh fish from the East Coast and delicious local potatoes to make our own chips.

The Golden Galleon

Sister restaurant to the original Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, The Golden Galleon serves up the same delicious Fish and Chips which are regularly voted some of Britain’s best. It would be a crime to come to Aldeburgh without a sample.

The Upper Deck

Located above The Golden Galleon Fish and Chip
Shop is a tasty little secret – The Upper Deck. Enjoy our famous Fish and Chips in the intimate and calm surround of one of Aldeburgh’s best loved restaurants.

What our customers say

Press

What they are saying about Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop
Hardens

Hardens

“The reason I go to Aldeburgh – you will not get better fish ’n’ chips anywhere” (“the batter is so light” and “the chips are perfection”). Queues are par for the course, but “the people in line smile as they know what a treat that they have in store”.

www.hardens.com 2017
28th Mar 2017
10 great reasons to visit: beautiful Aldeburgh by Stacia Briggs

10 great reasons to visit: beautiful Aldeburgh by Stacia Briggs

  1. The nation’s favourite dish

“Any trip to the seaside is improved with fish and chips, but Aldeburgh in particular is famous for its version of the famous dish. Widely regarded as one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK – thanks to freshly caught fish, locally-grown potatoes and their own way of frying – Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop is a landmark in the town and boasts two sister restaurants, The Golden Galleon and The Upper Deck, an eat-in restaurant above the Galleon. www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk.”

East Anglian Daily Times
28th Jan 2017
Eating out – My top place to eat on Holiday by José Pizarro

Eating out – My top place to eat on Holiday by José Pizarro

“I always come for my fish fix when I’m here for the annual food festival: proper chips, fabulous batter, mushy peas, vinegar dribbling down your chin and only seconds from the sea – perfect.”

The Times Magazine
30th Jul 2016
Tatler-on-sea… Get the most from the coast!

Tatler-on-sea… Get the most from the coast!

“A trip to the beautiful Suffolk coast would not be complete without a trip to the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop”

Tatler – Volume 311, Number 6
1st Jun 2016
Britain’s top 10 chippies

Britain’s top 10 chippies

“You’ll find a superb fish supper or takeaway at the family-run Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, whose famous fish and chips, fried in beef dripping, have been lauded as some of the best in Britain by reviewers and foodies far and wide.  The queue, which often stretches right around the block, speaks for itself.”

The Sun
29th May 2016
Top restaurants for under £20

Top restaurants for under £20

Diner’s verdict

“A ‘must do’ in Aldeburgh”, this famous chippy is “well worth queueing for”.

The Sunday Times – in association with Harden’s (15/11/15)
15th Nov 2015
36 Hours In… Aldeburgh

36 Hours In… Aldeburgh

“Wait your turn at the Aldeburgh Fish and Chips Shop (4) (226 High St; aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk), the perfect supper for newcomers to a seaside resort. The queues are testimony to the quality of the food. Then walk off your meal by exploring the beach.”

The Telegraph Online
14th Oct 2015
The UK’s 10 Best Seaside Fish and Chip Shops

The UK’s 10 Best Seaside Fish and Chip Shops

 

The Golden Galleon Aldeburgh

“Sitting on a Suffolk sea wall watching waves break with chips on your lap made from local potatoes and fish from the East Coat is a mainstay of East Anglian life. All the locals flock to the Galleon for their fill. Regularly rated as one of the top in the UK, the same family have owned the premises since 1967 and have since spawned two extra sites to cater to demand. Everything is submerged in beef dripping, giving that unmistakable almost meaty crust before teeth meet flaky, white fish.”

Food and Travel Magazine – online
27th Jul 2015
Britain’s top 130 restaurants under £50 – Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

Britain’s top 130 restaurants under £50 – Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

“At peak times you’ll be able to spot this seaside chippie by the long queues down the pavement.”

Diner’s Verdict

“The tastiest fish’n’chips”, served by a “great team” at “excellent” prices make it “worth the wait in the queue”.

The Sunday Times – in association with Harden’s (10/11/13)
10th Nov 2013

CONTACT

Aldeburgh Fish & Chips

226 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5DB
01728 452250
CLOSED
11:45am - 2pm; 6pm - 8.30pm
11:45am - 2pm; 6pm - 8.30pm
11:45am - 2pm; 5pm - 8pm
11:45am - 2pm; 5pm - 9pm
11.45pm - 2pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm

Golden Galleon

137 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AR
01728 454685
12pm - 2pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 4.30pm - 8pm
12pm - 7pm

The Upper Deck

137 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AR
01728 454685
12pm - 2pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 5pm - 8pm
12pm - 2.30pm; 4.30pm - 8pm
12pm - 7pm

For all enquiries or further information, please contact us using the form below: