When it comes to awards for fish and chips, Nelson punches above its weight.
One of Nelson’s leading fish and chip shops featured in the latest industry awards and it’s common for local fryers to look for fresh fish, including local species such as blue cod.
To help identify the best fish and chips in New Zealand, we’ve drawn on many sources including which fryers have taken awards at the national Best Chip Shop competitions. These awards have run since 2006 and are a useful guide to identifying the best in the country and in each region.
Our guide to the best fish and chips in Nelson includes the following recommendations:
Victory Square Fish & Chips
176 St Vincent Street, Toi Toi, Nelson
Bought by Nelson couple Ekkehardt and Malia Klinge in 2012, Victory Square was a national finalist in the 2013 Best Chip Shop awards, having won its regional title. The business jointly won the regional title under its previous owners in 2011 and was a regional finalist in 2010.
Next best (not in order)
Milton Street Takeaway
136 Milton Street, The Wood, Nelson
As well as serving excellent fish and chips, a bonus for customers is the chance to nip next door for a craft beer at the Sprig & Fern while waiting for your order. Highly commended in the regional section of the Best Chip Shop competition in 2013. The owners use separate fryers for their fish and chips to ensure they each maintain their flavour, and they use canola oil.
51 Vanguard St, Nelson
Centrally located, this is a traditional fast food outlet with fish and chips and burgers as its main fare but also serves local favourites such as blue cod. Joint winners of the regional Best Chip Shop title in 2011.
Sands Fish and Chips
623 Rocks Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson
Situated across the road from the beach, this popular shop offers treats such as blue cod. A past finalist in the Best Chip Shop competition in 2010.
240 Queen St, Richmond
Only a 17-minute trip from central Nelson, this takeaway boasts a sizeable menu and was highly commended in the regional section of the 2013 Best Chip Shop competition.
Our guide to the best fish and chip shops in New Zealand
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