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All reviews fish and chips curry chip shop worth the wait crispy batter long queue lovely fish great chips behind the counter take away north wales piping hot generous portions quick service visiting barmouth chippy seaside
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolute excellent fish and chips....really great food and happy people serving....children enjoyed ate loads Ate inside by choice....honestly absolutely gorgeous

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reputation that Britain is a nation of queue lovers was formed during WWII when things that weren’t rationed would go on sale spasmodically. Word would go around and long queues would start. So when we came across a long queue outside of the Mermaid...fish & chip shop, we joined it in anticipation, where we demonstrated our cultural patience and propriety. In the window it shared it was their 60 year anniversary, which was interesting, as we waited in the queue for about that long! Was it worth the wait? Fish was delicious, as was the curry sauce.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Third time over the course of 14 months that I have visited this establishment, and has not yet failed to impress. Staff very friendly and patient. It is well worth the wait, no matter the length of the queue. 10 / 10

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mermaid was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. It was busy on arrival but the staff worked quickly to move the customers along. The cod was thick and had lovely crisp batter and the chips freshly cooked. We had the compulsory peas...and curry sauce to top it all off and it was great. I had been looking forward to fish and chips for sometime and this certainly didn’t disappoint. Shame it’s not closer to home!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having read the reviews on the mermaid chip shop and having seen there website which includes a video on you tube, I was really looking forward to visiting, however unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. I was sceptical on arriving after there website...says “follow the queues” there was no queue, in fact there was only my wife and I in there, still let’s taste the food nothing was cooked to order, we had fish and chips, I don’t know how long the fish had been waiting to be bought but it was nowhere near as good as I expected, and I’m afraid the chips were not upto the standard I have become accustomed to. To emphasise my point just prior to us leaving the fryer put 3 freshly cooked fish out but there was still nobody in the shop. To claim to be Wales No 1 chippy is way off the mark.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chaotic service. No-one in queue but loads waiting for back orders. Serve queue, serve new customers panic . No fish left, loads of chips, then one fish left and no chips . Serving food with stiletto fingernails is so unhygienic! I don't want them on...my food. Just shocking! .waited so long for second lot of the order that first lot was cold. Mayhem!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fish and chips are fine but every time we come, even at strange hours sometimes, it's sloooooow. Only come if you're happy to queue for about an hour.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quite over rated as being in top ten fish and chip shops in uk….I do not like being addressed as “ babes “ continually. Stop chatting to your mates and serve customers in a lengthy queue. Fish was ok. Scampi was very good, but the...lady cooking the fish …..lighten up if people say hello to you and smile. Sooooo rude. Babes !!! yuk.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 April 2024 via mobile

Good food but the waiting was unbelievable must have been waiting for half an hour to two chip baps there was one person taking money one person passing the food and around 3 preparing food

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 April 2024

We came from Arizona USA based upon previous Family visits, the owner was incredibly accommodating and gracious and took great care of us . The staff were incredibly friendly and the food was Awesome, highly recommend The Mermaid Fish Bar .

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024 via mobile

Ordered chips from here today and really enjoyed them. Fish and chips all freshly cooked, nice crunch on the batter and a good size portion. They don't do small kids size portions but we got one to split between our kids and was more than...enough. Curry sauce also very nice. Would definitely recommend if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024

Visited Saturday 6th. Numerous visits in the past. Today I was served by a female who was extremely rude, short blonde hair, facial piercing and probably early 20’s (description for managers). No manners and when asked how much the food was as I was quite...shocked at the price increase. She repeated herself and promptly grunted “I don’t make the prices”. She was very rude, no customer service, I would at least expect a thank you. I understand the prices have gone up but surely you can employ someone who has manners and wants to represent you. Glad I didn’t have to queue for the experience.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

For fish & chips in Barmouth, you're not short of options, but The Mermaid is by far the best of the bunch. Situated close to the beach front, you'll know it by the long queue of customers outside. During sunny bank holidays it's not uncommon...to be waiting up to an hour, but its popularity is well deserved; the chips are always fresh and the batter coating is always crunchy. Their menu has no surprises but I've never been disappointed with anything they've served and the staff always have a smile for you even when it's busy. Portion sizes are generous, and the "mini meals" are a bargain. Bonus points for eco packaging, and lollipops for the little ones.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024

The highlight of a day trip to Barmouth in the past has been fish and chips at the Mermaid. So was it still as good as ever this visit ? YES it was. Creamy white cod and delicious "proper" chips with a cup of tea...- perfection! And the added bonus of a chat with the owner made for a superb lunch. We shall return!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

The lady who served us was disappointingly poor at customer service. Made me feel like I was an irritant by being there. The chips were soggy and the portions were small. Plenty of better fish and chip shops offering a higher quality of customer service...and higher quality food.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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I don't think it would be open on a Sunday but it would be worth your while looking on Google at the website and see if you can get the hours of business.
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The Mermaid Fish Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5