More often than not, restaurants located at tourist attractions tend to have the bad rep of being a tourist trap. However, that’s not quite the case at Edinburgh’s iconic Victoria Street. Being the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, Victoria Street is Edinburgh’s most photographed street and a tourist hot spot. It’s a charming street where Harry Potter fans would have a field day at the Museum of Context, and also photographers would absolutely adore capturing the steep slope curving around the street adorned with colourful shopfronts. When you start to feel peckish from all of that and in need of a grub, you can then check out this excellent fish & chips restaurant named Berties Fish & Chips, which is located right in the heart of this famous street.
Berties Edinburgh: Scotland’s Biggest Fish & Chips Restaurant
Boasting 300 covers, Berties is Scotland’s largest fish & chips restaurant. Different to the traditional chippy shop or pubs, you’d find yourself welcomed by an incredibly vibrant and lively restaurant space as you step into Berties. It gives off a fun & casual dining vibe, with a large neon sign saying “fry me to the moon” and many other quirky cartoons adorning the restaurant walls.
Within less than a year of opening, Berties has already been short-listed for Best Newcomer in the 2020 National Fish & Chips Awards. Quality is at the core of its success as Berties proudly only uses MSC-certified sustainably sourced fish for all its dishes. Traditional fish & chips aside, you can also find the likes of fish tacos, fish pakoras, mac & cheese croquettes etc., as well as Scottish Haggis (vegan-version available as well) on the menu!
Yes. Halal fish & chips is available upon request when ordering at Berties. More details below.
What We Ordered at Berties Fish & Chips
Date of visit: July 2023
- Battered Haddock & Chips (£15.95)
- Mushy Peas (£3.50)
- Curry Sauce (£3.50)
Halal Fish & Chips
First & foremost, make sure you ask for halal fish & chips when ordering at Berties. Whilst the batter used is non-alcoholic, by default, the fish is fried in beef dripping, which isn’t halal. But they will happily cater for you and cook it separately in vegetable oil upon request. No pre-ordering is required.
As for the dish itself, the portion was huge. The fish was exceptionally large in size, lightly seasoned and fried to the perfect golden crisp. Quality is key for any seafood-based dish and the fish has certainly hit the mark here. Not only that but both the generous portion of chunky chips and the side of tartare sauce had been delightful to taste as well. We also ordered a side of curry sauce, which was just the perfect magic touch for the dish, making everything dance nicely on the palate. As for the mushy peas, we thought it was decent but nothing too spectacular.
Berties Fish & Chips Restaurant Review Summary
Really, I shouldn’t have been surprised as Edinburgh has proven to serve some excellent seafood from my visit to Ondine Restaurant a few years ago. I think it’s safe to say that fish & chips up north in Scotland are a hundred per cent better than London’s! What we had at Berties was an utter delight and we were left holding our bellies with the most satisfied smiles on our faces. It’s definitely not a tourist trap and genuinely a great spot to sit down for some nice traditional fish & chips.