5 Upper Northam Road
The best fish and chips I've had, and believe me I've tried a fair few in my time! Excellent value for money, real friendly staff. Don't know what the other negative reviews are all about. I've never ever had one negative with this place.
By Chriswestern at 16:55 on 25/03/13
Is this your business? Claim it now to add pictures, opening times and much moreClaim
Being a Hedge Ender, I like to support the local businesses as much as possible. Regrettably, every time I buy from J Henrys, I'm disappointed. It is expensive - probably something to do with their local monopoly - but I would be happy with that if the quality matched the prices. It doesn't.
The fish is okay but nothing to write home about. So are the 'extras'. The biggest let-down are the chips. Consistently soggy, tasting of stale oil and always full of bits and pieces. I've just separated these out of a portion and they make up around a third of the bag. Very poor and I'm not sure if I'll bother again. Thornhill and West End are much better.
We use J Henry and also The Codfather and have no complaint. We vary our Fish between Cod, Plaice and Haddock and thus far only found the odd bone. Years ago onboard a Cruise Liner I got a bone stuck in my throut and luckily I popped two fingers down and was able to pull it out, but it was frightening so always inspect my fish for bones wherere possible.
The staff are always friendly and my wife who does not like batter likes Batterless Fish and they are always willing to specially cook this for her. So no probs.There are fish shops we sometimes use at other locations and at one the fish and chips are somewhat better but much more expensive.
Was at a fish restaurant the other day and a chap had 2 pieces of fish and chips. His plate was piled high and he just gobbled the lot down and was gone in seconds rather than minutes which was just as well as his eating habits were putting me off my food.
Went there becauseI was in hedge end and from past experience used to be very good, asked for fish & chips ,got home and it was full of bones,phoned up and was told you have to ask for boneless fish but he admited they did not have a notice up to inform people of this ,bit of a dangerous game when most of their customers are elderly or children, told the lad I was going to inform the authorities, his reply was'gonna call the police for a bone in your fish are ya ? 'no but I'm gonna environmental health and being in the food trade the're the last people you want crawling all over you , steer well clear
I agree with TGR that the main byline for this takeaway has to be local and convenient, which it definitely is. Right on the high street I can't see that this has much in the way of competition. I have tasted better fish and chips but I have tasted worse too (much worse, if truth be told) and I don't find the portions paticularly expensive. They are, however, very big, which is good in the sense that you get a lot of food for your money but I am one of those people who never finishes the chips and so find it a bit of a trial to get through. Not a complaint, but merely a warning to others with similarly sized stomachs!
Most times that I visit this particular Chippy, I usually come out thinking "That was quite expensive", look at the size of the portion and resolve not to go there again. You see, I know there are more generous chippy's just a few minutes car drive away. I do tend to go back though, because it is local and convenient. Overall, I can only give a two star rating at the moment.