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I tried Redditch chippy named among UK’s best fish and chips and now I dream about one item – Alison Brinkworth

Redditch’s Rectory Road Fish Bar is a proper local chippy, slotted between a row of Victorian houses with a steady flow of customers. Named as a top fish and chip shop in the country this month(November) at the latest Good Food Awards, I’ve come to see if it lives up to its new accolade.

Dad Andrew Hanson has owned this family-run Worcestershire takeaway for over 15 years in the Headless Cross suburb of Redditch. There’s a stylish black and white fascia inviting people in to the pristinely clean takeaway, hidden down a side road.

As it’s in a mainly residential area, parking is free on the road-side but can mean it’s hard to find a space right outside, especially at busy times like Friday nights.

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Inside, a range of glowing golden battered foods plus pies and Southern Fried chicken sit tantalisingly in the hot cabinet like gems on display. They are fryer Andrew’s crown jewels, so to speak. Whether they taste as good as they look is what I’m here to find out.

Rectory Road Fish Bar got the Blue Ribbon for Delicious Dishes, which took factors including ‘high customer ratings, food quality, service and value’ into consideration. It placed it among the best in the UK and the best seven in the West Midlands.

Fish and chips put to the test

The fish and chips is served in a box that helps it stay intact and stops the batter peeling off, as it sometimes annoyingly does. It’s a good sized portion with a light coating of batter that doesn’t overpower the fish.



Redditch’s Rectory Road Fish Bar has fluffy delicious chips and good quality fish that’s lightly coated in batter

It’s a good chunk of quality fish meat inside and it’s balanced well with the delicious crispy coating. You get what you pay for as the large fish and chips costs £10. If I am being picky, my only gripe is that the one end had maybe slightly too much batter.

When it comes to the chips, they are out of this world. Chunky with a fluffy potato centre that are addictive. So light and flavoursome, they are some of the best chips I’ve ever had. Surprisingly, as good as they were, they weren’t the highlight of this takeaway – that was to come.

Fried chicken and other food options

There’s an extensive menu so I tried a few odd items including a large battered sausage and a piece of Southern Fried chicken. The battered sausage was made well and wasn’t too greasy, which can often be the case.

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Taking the fried chicken out the paper at home, I was a little disappointed that it was not fully covered in its skin and coating, but then I took a bite.

The chicken is absolutely divine, tender, falling off the bone and packed with juicy distinct tangy flavour. This shows that looks can be deceptive as the ratio of fried skin to meat was perfect.

It’s the fried chicken of my dreams and I’d even forego the fish to have chicken instead, which I never do. I can’t wait to go back for more – but next time I’ll definitely be getting much more than one piece.

Service at Rectory Road Fish Bar

There’s a team of at least four enthusiastic young servers behind the counter, who are friendly and efficient. Owner Andrew handles the cooking and keeps the premises extremely keen, which is always a good sign.



Piece of Southern Fried chicken from Redditch's Rectory Road Fish Bar
Fried chicken from Redditch’s Rectory Road Fish Bar tasted much better than it looked

I get served quickly with only a few minutes’ wait for freshly-cooked items. The fish and chips comes in a box and all of my order is handed over in a large attractive paper bag emblazoned with ‘Fish & Chips’, which makes it easier to carry home.

The fish and chip shop takes cash and card so you don’t have to find a cashpoint in order to pay.

Prices

A large fish and chips costs £10. A few years ago that would have seemed over the top, but after recent inflationary rises and cost increases to food, that is now around the average at good quality takeaways.



Battered sausage at Redditch's Rectory Road Fish Bar
Battered sausage at Redditch’s Rectory Road Fish Bar

When it comes to other items, a large battered sausage is £2.20, curry sauce is £1 and a piece of that succulent Southern fried chicken is £2 – well worth every penny.

Overall verdict

I tried a range of foods across the board at Rectory Road Fish Bar and was impressed. The standard was high not just for the fish and chips but in other popular foods, particularly that mouth-watering fried chicken.

The chips are a tour de force too and unmissable. It’s definitely among the best fish and chip shops I’ve ever been to and worthy of its prize in the Good Food Awards.

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Where is Rectory Road Fish Bar and when is it open?

You’ll find Rectory Road Fish Bar at 127 Rectory Road in Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4LG.

Winter opening hours are Monday to Wednesday, 4.30pm to 9pm; Thursday from 4.30pm to 9.30pm; Friday and Saturday from 11.30am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 9.30pm. The shop is closed on Sundays for what the owner jokingly puts “closed for playing golf”.

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