The Wee Kelpie fish and chip shop in Helensburgh, Scotland
- Jay Thundercliffe
- 19 November 2013
Are fish and chips better by the seaside? We head down the Costa del Clyde to find out
If there is one take-away meal that can be enhanced by location, it is a fish supper. This Clydeside chippy in the suitably seaside resort of Helensburgh offers exceptionally good suppers that are perfect for eating on a waterfront bench with the widening river and its salty air as a backdrop. The Wee Kelpie’s chips are as magical as the mythical Celtic waterhorse of the establishment’s name. Hand-cut and huge, they are wonderfully tasty, big as butchers’ fingers, crisp on the outside and fluffy inside – the sort of chip that releases unintentionally audible murmurs of pleasure. Haddock is thickly filleted and flaky, without skin or bones, wrapped in a super-crispy, shell-like batter, while homemade mushy peas are a cut above, vibrantly coloured and fresh-tasting. Monkfish tails, halibut and calamari also feature on the menu, as do popular haggis bites – or try the surf and turf of scallops and black pudding. Plenty of offers, gluten-free suppers and friendly banter keep locals and not-so-locals coming back for more.