Eric’s Fish & Chips – St Ives, Cambridgeshire (UK)

Independent business Eric’s Fish & Chips is a welcome sight amongst the giant fast food chains in Abbey Retail Park in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. It may appear to be an unlikely location at first but once you know where it is, it works. It’s a destination restaurant with a fun and unique vibe, serving sustainably caught beer battered fish, beef dripping chips, quality meat, small plates, drinks and more. Ample free parking makes it easy to pop in for a take-away or eat in. This is executive chef Eric Snaith’s second opening, built on the success of Eric’s Fish & Chips in Thornham on the north Norfolk coast, which I have visited several times and wrote about here.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire Abbey Retail Park

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire diners

Granted, the experience isn’t fish & chips near the sea in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but once you step inside, the blue and green subtle maritime décor and stone-embedded front counter evoke the Norfolk coast and you almost forget you’re in a retail park unit. The exposed whitewashed brick, multi-coloured wall tiles, plush teal banquette seating and circular light fittings create a welcoming, modern atmosphere.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire counter

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire inside

I eagerly awaited the opening of Eric’s Fish & Chips in St Ives to see how the food and ambience would compare to the one in Thornham, where we have been known to take a day trip just to feast on their fish & chips. So when the invite came to visit the new location, I welcomed the opportunity to taste more of their menu.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire order here

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire interior

I enjoyed their homemade lemonade and Paulo was delighted to try another of Cambridgeshire based BrewBoard’s excellent beers – Seaza session pale ale, specially brewed for Eric’s Fish & Chips. Fantastic collaboration!

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire BrewBoard Seaza beer

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire homemade lemonade

The beer battered cod loin was fresh, light and crispy – just as delicious as what we’ve eaten in Thornham. Both the fish and the chips had a distinct sweet and meaty flavour from being fried in beef dripping. Comforting mushy peas and chunky homemade tartar sauce, both quintessential accompaniments, were worth getting (they are available separately).

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire eating fish & chips

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire cod loin

I had the excellent Japanese style fish burger with dense, flaky battered cod nestled in a springy brioche bun. The pickled mooli, bonito flakes and soy mayo provided subtle Japanese flavours.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire fish burger Japanese style

We sampled a variety of small plates: battered squid, cod nuggets as well as halloumi & spinach arancini, all served with a wedge of lemon. Each dish was very moreish and filling.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire battered squid

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire cod nuggets

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire arancini

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire halloumi & spinach arancini

These items (as well as the chips) were not overly seasoned or salty, allowing each individual to tailor the flavours to their personal taste. Salt and pepper shakers plus a variety of homemade sauces in squeezable bottles (black garlic mayo and well as seafood, spicy BBQ and buffalo sauces) are freely available. The curry sauce, however, is a side order and we were given some to sample. It was flavourful and a little sweet – probably an acquired taste!

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire table

Desserts include a selection of ice cream and sorbet flavours from Hunstanton based East Coast Gelato (we chose vanilla and Oreo) as well as battered chocolate bars (Mars and Twix) and a fried jam sandwich. This heavenly doughnut-like treat is a must-try… share if you have to!

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire desserts

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire fried jam sandwich

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire fried jam sandwich cut

It’s worth noting that there is the option of gluten-free batter, with a Coeliac UK trained head chef. And even though there are some meat dishes (chicken wings, sausages and black pudding), pescatarians can rest assured that their food is cooked in separate pans and fryers with the option of rapeseed oil rather than beef dripping. In addition, the menu is also peanut and nut free (but do make sure to speak to staff about these and other allergens).

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire meal

Eric’s Fish & Chips is a high end chippy – a restaurant offering a full dining experience with quality food and drink. As far as I’m concerned if I’m going to indulge in a fried food meal, I prefer to do it less often but pay more for better quality produce in a bright and cheerful setting with great service. For those who prefer to eat in their own homes, the take-away prices are lower and their system makes is easy to pop in and order. There is even a nice little waiting area with counter seating by the window.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire order counter

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire take away

It’s child friendly too, with lots of high chairs, a kids’ menu plus a bleacher seating area and at-table games to entertain the little ones.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire high chairs

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire child friendly area

Whilst dogs are not allowed inside due to the open kitchen, there is seating outside on picnic tables beneath bright orange parasols, complete with water bowls for thirsty pooches.

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives dog friendly

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Abbey Retail Park Harrison Way

Eric’s Fish & Chips in St Ives may be a little out of the way but it’s worth the drive for such tasty food, friendly staff and great ambience… and you don’t have to travel as far as Norfolk. “Seas” the day and treat yourself!

Eric's Fish & Chips St Ives Cambridgeshire Seas the Day sign

I was invited for a complimentary dinner for two. I did not receive compensation for my review. All views are my own.

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