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Aug 2, 2008 05:07 AM

New fish & chip shop in Bennington, VT

For those of you from the area, it's on North Street, two doors down from the head shop and the hydroponic supply store. It opened a few weeks ago and we tried it for the first time last night. The menu consists of fish and chips, shrimp/scallops and chips, bangers and mash, meat pies, and english sausages in puff pastry. Prices are pretty reasonable: A small order of fish and chips is $7.75 and a large is $10. We got a large fish and chip and a steak and onion pie ($5.50) and split them--plenty of food for two. The fish was fresh and flaky and the batter crust was shatteringly crunchy and not at all doughy or thick like some batter crust can be. And the chips were good and thick. The crust on the meat pie was flaky and tender and there were nice chunks of steak in a tasty but not gloppy brown gravy. The pie was the perfect lunch size--not too big--but I thought just right for the $5.50 price. They also have a couple of shelves of British foodstuffs, like cans of spotted dick and loads of British candies, including Curly Wurlys, which, if you all are old enough to remember, they are the British version of Cadbury's long defunct Marathon bar.

We got there early (5:30pm) and by the time we left, the place was packed. There's about 10 small tables and the wait for the food was a bit long (about 20 minutes) but all steaming fresh. It's owned by a couple and they were handling everything themselves, so I'm sure once they get some help and a good routine down, the wait will shorten. From what I've heard from others, they are always busy, which is a great thing for Bennington.

Hours are: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 11:30 am to 8pm.

Not exactly a replacement for Vern's, but definitely a worthy addition to town. I really hope they do well, we need a place like this here. website coming soon.

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  1. I'm so glad you posted about this! I've driven by it a few times and wondered if it would be any good but haven't tried it yet (I'm still crushing on the fabulous sandwiches and salads at Izabella's).

    I'll have to make a Sunday trip with my beau Bruno. His family is all from England and he went to school there, so it would probably be a bit nostalgic for him. Do they serve the fish and chips in newspaper? That would really make his day.

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    1. re: Bri

      No, no newspaper, but they do state that they use mostly biodegradable packaging, so they've got that green thing going. The owners are a couple and the husband is British, so I have to presume it's authentic.

      1. re: dukegirl

        You just made my day and next weekend, girlfriend!!!


        1. re: Harp00n

          I knew you'd be happy!

          Totally different from Vern's and the regional fish fry we know, but damn tasty and family friendly/affordable.

    2. Oh thank you for this! I'm a Brit in VT and desperate for some good F&C! The crunchy batter sounds like its the real thing. I hope they have mushy peas. And stocking up on some food is a huge bonus.

      (Newspaper has not been used in over 25 years for F&C in the UK)

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      1. re: Jayne in VT

        Affirmative on the mushy peas! Other sides they have: Pickled beets, cole slaw, gravy, soft white roll with butter, Heinz baked beans and a chip butty (chips in a buttered soft white roll).

      2. Went to Lil Britain over the weekend and it was excellent. Great sausage rolls (with HP sauce) and pies. They had an issue with getting the right potatoes from their distributor, but that should be cleared up this week...although I still thought the chips were nice.

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        1. re: katie78

          Thanks for the additional insights, katie78.
          I'm just giddy with the fact there's a place that I don't have to bring my own malt vinegar. Oh yes I have!


          Lil' Britain
          116 North St, Bennington, VT 05201

          1. re: Harp00n

            Stopped in Monday afternoon. Excellent fish and chips. I will be making this a regular stop when I am in Bennington.

            1. re: pbanjo

              Ya, I'm so happy about Lil' Britain that I'd even kiss a lawyer! :-0)


        2. I was in Bennington yesterday and was SO looking forward to this place, unfortunately I didn't remember that they're closed on Tues and Wed. I was so disappointed. Next time hopefully...

          1. Can't wait to try it out - thanks for sharing dukegirl!