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£5 - £15
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Cafe, British, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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We ordered fish and chips for takeaway and I wish I could say it was fabulous but it really wasn't at all. The batter on the fish was soggy, we had to pick out many bones and the chips were so deep fried on the...outside it was like eating crispy fat. There are so many great reviews on the site and that is why we visited. It isn't cheap either so it was disappointing food for us I'm afraid.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited today for the first time. Staff very friendly and accommodating with our two year old daughter. High chair and wooden cutlery provided for her. Food was delicious, would come back again, the children’s fish meal my daughter had was demolished!! Great find!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was feeling a bit peckish for some fish and chips and stumbled across fish and wish. The food was amazing the fish was so fresh as me and my friends decided to try a variety of fish. We loved all the food and prices...was reasonable. I would recommend this place to loads of different people as it caters for lots of different allergies or whether you are a vegan or vegetarian. Staff was so helpful and lovely. If ever in Southend try this place you will not regret it.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the seafront, quite a few parking spaces outside ( free parking after 6pm) Excellent food, good value and outstanding service. Also dog friendly!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I chose this restaurant out of the row of fish and chip shops purely because I liked the name...it was a good choice. The staff were friendly and made us feel welcome, the manager was very chatty (sorry we didn't catch your...name) which was lovely, the portion sizes were great and the food was amazing, crispy batter just how my boyfriend likes it...crunchy chips, fresh salad...and at age 40 I now like mushy peas! Highly recommend 👌More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was nice meeting you both and thank you for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here today at lunchtime with our dog. Place is opposite the pier and only seats about 12 customers. Lovely owner who was very chatty without being in your face. Myself and hubby had medium fish and chips I choose curry sauce and hubby...mushy peas. All was delicious perfect portion size even got asked if we wanted more chips as he noticed we’d cleared out plates! How many restaurants offer that 👍🏻.. Thdnk you for a lovely meal.. they have toilets but not the best, but served its purpose 😁.. would recommend this restaurant 👍🏻More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely little spot by Southend Pier - Our daughter is coeliac and this is by far the best and safest place for Gluten free fish and chips - Mum had an OAP and I had scampi - Delicious salad too

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

Amazing gluten free options, very impressed at the care taken with my order and amount of gf food on menu, best fish and chips ive had in since having to go GF, 100% recommend

Date of visit: February 2024
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2024

Thank you so much for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 6 February 2024

Lovely fresh, big portions. As a vegetarian for over 20 years I was nervous to try the vegan fish but it was very enjoyable. However the battered halloumi remains my favourite! Thank you for the kind hospitality and amazing customer service every time!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2024

Dear Emma Thank you so much for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 27 January 2024

Lovely place for a casual dinner. Reasonable price and tasty food! Chef and waitress were really helpful and friendly. Thanks!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2024

Dear Heidi Thank you so much for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 15 January 2024

This little gem it is perfect for experiencing the authentic taste of the national dish that everyone can't help but love. But you will never find a fish and chips that has this unique flavour. We were walking around after seeing the sunset at Three...Shells Lagoon and as we do every time we travel from London, we get local fish and chips, as it is fresh and cannot compare the taste. As it turns, the fish and chips around were closed and just when we were about to go back to the car, we saw this coquette place with the cutest name ever, so our “wish” came true. We had the best food explosion and the taste was simply unique. We are fish lovers and we can full heartedly appreciate that the cod was simply not like the usual one, although it might seem there’s only one recipe, that’s a diferent recipe whole together, a secret ingredient. We were truly impressed and the wow factor was present all the time, from Albert’s greeting and his enthusiasm about the fresh fish: “ you will see this is something else” to the lovely chat we had. Not to mention the home made curry sauce and mushy peas were finger licking good, literally. Definitely a return trip to the “wish” of all fish and chips lovers. Thank you Albert for making it so special, we’ll be back soon :)More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2024

Thank you so much for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 26 December 2023

A lovely little chippie, really good with gluten free. The owner is most accommodating, squeezing in my family on a packed Boxing Day lunchtime which was really appreciated. The service was lovely and friendly and polite, and the food was delicious, really fresh and flavoursome....I need to eat gluten free and the owner was very clued up about this, assuring me about their fresh gluten free batter, separate oil and utensils, he really put my mind at ease and my gluten free version tasted a good as I remember regular fish and chips to taste. The waitress informed me that my partners side dish wasn't gluten free, so I shouldn’t have any and she brought over a gluten free vinegar without being asked. They also had soya milk for my cup of tea. The only thing that could be improved is the fact the door was open the entire time and we all got rather cold, especially our toddler who was sat right infront of the door and who’s back was facing the elements in his high chair. I do appreciate that an open door encourages customers, but in the middle of winter felt this could be reviewed. A fabulous chip shop, would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2023

Thank you so much for your kind review and custom..point taken fully about the open door and once again thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

Came here as we discovered the allergy reviews were really good. Owner was very clued up on it. Can’t complain about the food. I had a craving for scampi and it was fresh and crisp. Loved my paprika chips. Friendly staff and the owner was...great with the kids. Really made them feel welcome and made a bit of a fuss over them. Even have a free little plate of chips for them to snack on. Support your local business peopleMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2023

Thank you so much for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 16 December 2023

As an enthusiast of good old fashioned British fish and chips, this tale takes you from start to finish on our voyage into the depths of disappointment. We visited the delight of Southend-on-Sea on a crisp winter afternoon and promptly hit the arcade. With our...sights set on a poorly stuffed mangled Pokémon plush toy, we proceeded to spend a small fortune. With excitement running through our veins, we were blissfully unaware that our fortune was about to take a turn for the worst. With the reminiscence of dirty 2p coins in hand, ticket winnings and our stomachs rumbling, we proceeded to take a walk down the sea front taking in all of the Christmas festivities. We stumble across a group of quaint fish and chip shops and settled on Fish & Wish. We were politely greeted by who we assume was the owner, we took a seat and were promptly served. After about fifteen minutes, our wait was over - our food had been dispatched from the food preparation area and was swiftly on its way to being delivered to our table. It had arrived. As the plates were hitting the table, our sense of disappointment grew as we realised the food looked fitting to have been served drowned in spaghetti hoops and served with a side of Turkey Twizzlers - something I'm convinced could pull Jamie Oliver out of obscurity. The chips lacked flavour and appeared as if they were fried from a frozen pack. The desperate attempt at gourmet flair involves a half-hearted sprinkle of paprika, as if hoping the spice would distract diners from the frozen mediocrity beneath. Additionally, the fish was thin and possessed an unusual bitter taste, offering no enjoyment whatsoever and confirming our visual observations. The side of Lemon was nice though. The unsavory letdowns dished out at Fish & Wish are compounded by a less-than-appetizing price point, averaging around £50 for four meals. It's a steep cost for an experience that falls far short of expectations, resembling more of a reheated frozen meal than a freshly prepared dining affair. Despite these drawbacks, our trip was marginally redeemed when we spent the remainder of our hard earned arcade tickets on Maoam sweets. This small victory injected a bit of sweetness into an otherwise lacklustre experience, taking the bitter taste out of our mouths, both literally and figuratively. Fish & Wish more like 'Wish I hadn't tried the fish.'. This is not traditional British fish and chips. You have been warned. Tarquin.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2023

Dear Customer Thank you for your comments I feel that your rating has been unfair but you are entitled to your opinion I can see your concern about price and I agree that everything is gone up unfortunately putting us on an unpleasant position.. We...More

Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

Popped in with the kids and grandparent for lunch. Find was really nice, cooked well and arrived quickly. Toddlers' food came out quickly and first - great to keep her busy. The owner is amazing and can't do enough for you. He is all over...the place making sure everything is good. Really nice guy woth a lovely sense of humour and really friendly. Will be back. Prices are reasonable - £13ish for medium cod and chips. Thanks for a lovely meal.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Albert Gjonaj, Owner at Fish & Wish, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2023

Thank you Tony for your kind review and custom and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Fish & Wish is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5