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£2 - £5
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Seafood, Fast food, British
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were staying in Bournemouth and took the Purbeck Breezer open top bus to Swanage on a day when the wind was blowing in 40+ mph gusts! Climbed up to Peveril Point to take in the view. Popped in to the Fish Plaice just for...a take away portion of chips. So glad we did. Was surprised when we had to stand and wait while they were cooked, but this attention to detail serving fresh food made such a difference. You put your own salt and vinegar on and you're away. Fantastic taste, absolutely delicious. Made the walk back to the bus station a real treat. Simple pleasures!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had two enormous portions of fish and chips,enough for 4 people . Everything cooked to perfection and delicious.10/10

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

Fish was well cooked and very tasty with crispy batter. Chips were excellent. Friendly and fast service. Lucky with the January weather, sat outside to eat. Although seagulls were around they did not pester us.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

stopped for fish and chip takeaway, cod and chips. Chips lovely and crispy, fish batter not cooked inside properly, but fish excellent. Nice and hot.Well wrapped, cardboard knife and fork, plus serviettes. we also had 2 takeaway coffees, omg, dishwater ! tasteless, we threw them...both away. If we had eaten in we would have complained, but once you have driven away, not a lot you can do. Total cost £24.00. Consider other dining options local to the area. We will not return to The Fish Plaice. Not the plaice for us.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Best fish and chips in Swanage. The greatest chips I have ever eaten, with each one being like mini roast potatoes, creamy inside crispy on the outside. The Fishcakes were perfect! Golden on the outside, juicy and full of flavour on the inside seasoned well....Good value for money although perhaps could serve a slightly larger portion of chips. Although the dining area is not the best looking it serves a purpose and is actually a bonus as the establishment is mainly geared for takerway. It is great as each table have their own salt and vinegar. The sauce sachets could be cheaper. The staff are very friendly. Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023

Oily tasteless fish and chips. Ate in as it was a chilly night and had to listen to one of the guys behind the counter swearing away loudly airing his views about how he thinks Muslims have taken over the country, the danger of the...COVID vaccine and that mobile phones masts suck oxygen out of the air. Wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

Had dinner here one Tuesday night during a recent family holiday. As it was out of season a lot of the big chains were closed and this place had a que of locals and regulars out the door (always a good sign in my opinion.)...They had a wide range of fish and other options available. An as a midlander who lives nowhere near the sea I was impressed the fish was caught that day and they even told you in which boat. The fish and the chips were both delicious and the portions were very generous. Although no seating indoors they do have a couple of picnic benches outside and you can always nip round the corner to the seafront.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

The Fish Plaice is on a corner spot in Swanage and we had noticed the huge queue outside a few days before. So just popped back to see what all the fuss was about on the Thursday! There was luckily no queue at 12.15, Mir...luck than anything else. We sat inside as rain was threatening. We both had the cod and chips and it was the best we have ever had. We live in Norfolk surrounded by chippies but none of them could match the fish plaice. The fish was really fresh. The batter light, crispy and airy. There was not a single taste of greasy oil at all. The chips were out of this world. I don’t know how they made them like that but they were crispy but at the same light and soft in the middle. Thank you so much guys. Best Fish and chips ever. Wish we lived closerMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023

Spent the day in Swanage and had read previous good reviews of this place. As the weather was not great, my husband and myself chose to eat indoors. There are only a few indoor tables. Ordered a regular cod and chips and a haddock and...chips. Both were cooked while we waited. Generous portions of the freshest fish in a light batter with tasty chips. Totally delicious. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

Very good fish and chips. We had two small cod and chips, the dish was good and the chips were good and very crispy. Ample for a lunch and in the current climate reasonable value.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

Late Sunday lunch stop on September. Had a homemade fish cakes and chips- was the best fishcake I’ve had! Yummy 😋- all the usual other items available. Chips delicious too.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

Fabulous fish and chips. The best we've had in a long time. Fast, efficient and friendly service. Top class.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

We were told that this was the best of the several fish and chip shops in Swanage. Very limited seating but there are benches along the seafront where you can sit and eat. The fish was fresh and tasty.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

Absolutely delicious cod and chips. The batter is so light and crispy. Would definitely recommend if you’re visiting Swanage.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

Although the fish and chips tasted good. The portions were very small and very overpriced Mine cost £9.10 picture attached. This was go to eat out. Would I visit again sorry no with these prices

Date of visit: September 2023
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Maria M
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Response from Anthony578329 | Reviewed this property |
Just checked their website. They do gluten free for those that ask for it on the first Thursday in each month excluding August. The dates are listed on their website.
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Amir T
19 October 2017|
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Response from Ian B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Not sure - they have do have 2 different fryers, that could be because they are incredibly busy in summer- or could be because of what you have said. I can tell you that the chips and the pea fritter were very good- as... More
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Response from DWalker95 | Reviewed this property |
As a chippy goes these guys are incredibly accommodating, but there is only so much you can do with fish and chips to make it gluten free. They do batter-less fish and they do serve chicken too, not sure what else but that... More
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Yes, The Fish Plaice offers takeaway services.

The Fish Plaice is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4