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Oct 15, 2009 03:26 PM

Best New Fish & Chips in Calgary - The British Chippy

Today was opening day for *The British Chippy* (Shoppes at Bridlewood Plaza, 2335-162nd Ave SW, Unit 233). I've been waiting for some time to visit this place, mostly because they advertise themselves as "authentic" British Fish 'n Chips. Whenever there's a new fish 'n chips place in Calgary, I have to try it. "Authentic British" has always intrigued me, since it usually signals greasy overcooked fish, soggy beer batter, flaccid fries and decor suited for the 1970s. My mission was to see if this new place matched the sterotype. My expectations were not high.

Man, was I surprised. This is, without a doubt, the best fish 'n chips I've had in Calgary to date! Anywhere, for that matter. Miss L agrees completely. The cod is hand-cut in house, a nice 6 oz. portion. The batter is home-made from an old (secret?) family recipe. (The owners, Gary and Simone Hodgkinson, bring 3 generations of traditional British fish 'n chips to Calgary.) The potatoes (local and organic) made the very best chips I have ever had in Calgary. Flavorful, nicely browned, and very very good. The batter for the fish is light and crispy, with no aftertaste. The fries are perfect. They clearly cook at the right temperature, which results in a very pleasant and tasy meal. Mmmm ...

Being "traditional" British (northern), you won't find any halibut or pepper here. Yup, no pepper (but you can ask and you will receive). There's also a shortage of Canadian drinks, although there is a really good selection of British pop. They also have traditional mushy peas (fresh, no preservatives or coloring), and a curry sauce (which I haven't tried yet, but will). The service is outstanding, and the place is very clean, even after the opening day lunch rush.

This is definitely one of my favorite new little restaurants in Calgary. It's a perfect location for residents of the SW, and a little bit out of the way for other Calgarians ... But definitely worth the drive. The British Chippy is all about fish 'n chips and nothing else. And it works.

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    1. Thanks for the review - but what about cost? You have me excited about trying this place since it is practically in my backyard - but I need to know how expensive it will be...

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      1. re: emsmom

        For Calgary, I liked the price. Cod and Chips (serving size, just right) $11.99. Value = priceless. IMO, this place is much, much better than Boyd's, Trawler's, Captain's or anywhere else in town.

      2. I'm in "the SW" and this might as well be on the other side of the planet for me. You mean the far south.

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        1. re: John Manzo

          You're right, John. Maybe we can convince the City to establish a new quadrant, "Far South, Mountain Side".

          It's crazy to only have 4 quadrants in Calgary now. I will try to remember to qualify. You should be in "Beltline, West" if anything.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Still the SW though John regardless of how far away it is from you. I grew up in Shawnessy. Really glad to see Bridlewood getting some good food. There's supposed to be a decent cafe out there too!

            1. re: peter.v

              Peter.v - I know this isn't about the fish and chips but... where is the cafe? I could use a good cup of java that I don't have to go downtown for...

              1. re: emsmom


                Looks like it's in one of the newer and further out strip malls. I can't believe that there are shops out that far! Their machine, the Slayer is an awesome new espresso machine that is quite rare.

                1. re: peter.v

                  quite rare for the time being!

                  They have two at Beano but peter if you can believe it Beano still doesn't have proper espresso cups. You get a spro and they pull it onto a 5-oz cappuccino cup not even a "piccolo" cup.

                  1. re: peter.v

                    Peter, I meant to thank you earlier - I am really enjoying Caffe Crema. Thanks for the tip!

                2. re: peter.v

                  Oh I know it's in the SW but this is a huge quandrant comprising more than 300,000 people- Downtown is SW as is, say, Somerset. It's an outdated reference (nothing against Bagelguy since he didn't invent it, but it's annoying to me when you ask somebody where they live and they say "the southwest." That can be a huge range of neighbourhoods!)

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    Usually when someone says they live in a quadrant they mean outside of the inner city. That's my experience, anyway.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      That's just because you're a latecomer to the City and don't understand these things, John. ;-)

                3. Awesome! Thanks Bagel Guy. I love curry sauce with British fish and chips.

                  1. hey happy to hear of great Fish And Chips,..
                    my son+fam live in Cedarbrae,.... so i'll check it out soon...
                    be back at 'cha