Fish & Chips


The past and present of your Fish & Chips

About Quays

Aldcliffe first appears in the 1901 census although we believe the shop was built some years earlier.  In 1901 the building was occupied by a Mr Fred Tattersall and his family.  In the census fred is listed as a grocers manager born in Armley Yorkshire.  He lived with his with Sarah & 5 children.  This family may have been the first occupants at number 1 and since then the shop has been open and owner occupied until the final trading day of 2014.  Unable to compete with the local supermarkets the corner shop has been reinvented into Quays fish and chip shop, continuing the buildings commercial past into the future.

About Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips have been part of Britain food culture for over 100 years.  Battered fish & fried chipped potatoes were first sold together around 1860 although both London and Oldham lay claim to the first fish and chip shop. During WWII fish and chips was one of the few foods not subjected to rationing, mainly because it was Winston Churchill’s favourite meal.   Fish and Chips is actually a balanced nutritious meal, providing protein, fibre, iron, & vitamins.  Fish is a super food, it’s packed with minerals, vitamins and is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids.  The food standards Agency recommends at least 2 potions of fish per week as it is believed that fish can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, depression and arthritis, there is also believed to be benefits to the skin, eyes, lungs and brain, improving children’s concentration and behaviour.  Unlike many other takeaways, fish and chips do not contain artificial additives or preservatives and are relatively low in calories, with a small portion of fish, chips and pea’s only containing around 500 calories.  So what are you waiting for? Call in today for a healthy family meal.

We would love to hear your experiences of Quays Fish and Chips, so why don’t you leave us a message below.


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    • Helen Clokey

      Hi Christine, thanks for the question. Sorry about the late reply, we just wanted to check that the pies were indeed vegetarian and they are. Hope to see you in the shop when we open.

    • admin

      Thanks Andy, we can’t wait too, but its hard to get everything in place, all the paperwork done, and get ready, so fingers crossed and we hope it will be this week.:)

    • admin

      Hi Christine,

      We do have a area by the window that you can sit down, but it is bar stools rather than table and chairs and limited to about 4 people.

  1. Marcus Mosey

    Great website and the shop front looks good too. We’re thinking of paying you a visit, but our son is gluten-free, are your chips gluten-free (cooked in a separate frier to the battered products?)

    • admin

      We’re really sorry but at the moment the oil is filtered together and the pans are not always used exclusively for one product so we would be unable to guarantee chips would be gluten free.

  2. Matthew lockley

    I really like your place but when I came in today and asked for battered sausage I was very dissapointed that you don’t do it. Every other chip shop I know does and I consider it an essential thing to have on the menu. Otherwise I love the place and hope you take this criticism constructively.

    • Helen Clokey

      I’m sorry about the battered sausage. We are keeping our main frying range meat free and we are unable to cook battered products in our small meat friers.
      I hope this doesn’t stop you calling in and trying the rest of our menu.

  3. Sharon

    Ordered fish,chips peas and tartare sauce last night for two.Service brill, the chips were scrummy,the batter very light, mushy peas best i have tasted and the homemade tartare sauce was lovely, congratulations!

  4. Maya

    Given that our family are all quite fussy with regards to our fish and chips, it’s always a tall order to please us all. Quays completely surpassed all expectations, the fish was fresh and so flavorsome, the batter was light, crispy and even and the chips were perfect and obviously cooked in fresh oil. The slice of lemon was a lovely touch (and welcome once we had got them home). Portion sizes were, in my opinion, generous and the staff were lovely and very efficient (i’d hardly sat down before my take away was ready! ) The premises are beautiful-very sensitively restored and the use of old shop fittings to make the bar in the window a lovely touch. I love that you also have alternatives not usually found in fish and chip shops such as steamed, marinaded fish and look forward to trying this next time….soon! God Luck, I’m sure that once word gets around Quays will be the only fish and chip shop in Lancaster worth visiting.

  5. parami


    I would like to make a group reservation for 10 people next month, can you please advise me if you can put together a set menu…?

  6. Matty Poole

    Fish and chips is my fav meal and having eaten from places throughout the UK i’m probably well qualified to judge the quality. I honestly think this was one of my favourite fish andf chips i’ve ever had so big qudos to the owners. If i ever met them i’d most definitely try to find out the secret reciped to their home made tartare sauce! Well done guys and keep up the fabulous service, I will definitely be back in the not to distant future. I recommend you try it and mostesoeciallyt the cod and chips that I had! Well done quays!!!!!!

  7. Mrs D Procter

    Lovely, clean and not expensive fish and chip shop. Friendly staff with fish cooked to perfection. Would highly recommended,

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