There's nothing like a good fish and chip supper - but here are some unsung south Essex chip shops that take a chippy tea to the next level.

1. The Boat House Fish and Chips, Southend

Echo: The Boat House, Pier Approach, Southend.The Boat House, Pier Approach, Southend. (Image: Tripadvisor)

In a prime spot on Pier Approach, it's clear this popular chippy has built up a good reputation.

The Boat House is rated five stars on TripAdvisor, with 17 reviews. 

Reviewer Susan Knight said: "Amazing food - thank you, chef Valentina. There was a lovely atmosphere and fabulous hospitality - thank you, waitress Izzy.

"We really enjoyed our visit. The portion sizes were huge and the food was freshly cooked to order. We will definitely be back again soon."

2. Seacrest Fish and Chips, Westcliff

Echo: Seacrest, Westborough Road, Westcliff.Seacrest, Westborough Road, Westcliff. (Image: Tripadvisor)

This Westborough Road chippy has forged a spotless reputation for its "fantastic" fish and friendly service.

It boasts a clean five-star rating on Tripadvisor, with 45 reviews in total.

Reviewer Natalieb160 said: "This place is fantastic! Beautifully cooked, great flavours, and generous portions.

"We chose from the wide range of vegan options which beat any we’ve found elsewhere. Vegan tartare sauce and a slice of lemon with the tofish was a nice touch. Also appreciated the non-plastic packaging and non-animal derived cooking oil.

"Thanks for a delicious meal on a rainy night. We’ll be back"


3. Howard's Fish and Grill, Benfleet

Echo: Howards, High Road, Benfleet.Howards, High Road, Benfleet. (Image: Google)

With 151 reviews on Tripadvisor, this High Road favourite scores an average of 4.5 stars.

But Howard's is not just limited to great quality fish and chips. It also serves up roasted chicken and meat pies.

Reviewer Andrew M said: "My family and I have had two takeaways from Howard's over the last three weeks - sampling the ribs, roasted chicken, cod, cod bites, saveloy, meat pies and chips.

"All were very good. A special mention for the chips as I think they are the best chip shop chips I have ever tasted.

"Both times I have visited on a Saturday, early evening, the queues have been quite long, but I presume this is because they are providing excellent quality and quantity. I, for one, do not mind a short wait for a first-class takeaway."

4. Battlewick's Fish and Chips, Basildon

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Billed as "the best chip shop in Basildon", Battleswick's boasts a seven out of ten average review on Tripadvisor.

Reviewer Mojoperkins said: Ordered dinner for all the family and we were all very impressed with the service and quality of the food. Lovely staff and fantastic food.

"It's the best chip shop in Basildon."

5. Bruno's Fish and Chips, Canvey

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Rated number one for fish and chips on Canvey, Bruno's has 58 reviews on Tripadvisor.

With a reputation for "first-rate salmon", Bruno's on Eastern Esplanade has an average rating of 4.5 stars.

Pleased reviewer Tania P said: "Had the grilled salmon, which exceeded all my expectations. Super fresh, moist and cooked to perfection.

"I was really blown away. You don't get salmon cooked this well in fine dining restaurants. Will definitely be having this again.

"Also had a medium piece of cod and it was beautifully cooked. Nice thin crisp batter and big, white flaky cod inside.

"I could almost feel a pulse. Seriously, I rang Bruno today and told him that his fish - the Salmon especially, was so fantastic. 

"This man really knows his fish. What a gem of a place. Bruno really knows how to treat a piece of fish with respect and expertise and make it sing."