Please give a very warm welcome to The Cod’s Scallops on Harborne High Street, that is easily now (as far as I’m concerned) one of the best chip shops in/around central Birmingham.
Absolutely beautiful grub from a gorgeous venue; you’ll find all your traditional chippy favourites (done way better than you’re probably used to in Brum) plus fresh seafood including lobster, mussels and oysters. You can sit in or grab takeaway – like this – and still have a nice experience.
I went for battered haddock (there’s a decent variety of fish to choose from and you can also order all fish baked in garlic and lemon or BBQ spice if you don’t want it battered) with chips and added beef gravy. It came to about £10 to takeaway – would be about £14 if dining in. Crispy, bubbly batter, a lovely chunky piece of fish, and chips that make your mouth truly love life – what more could you want? It’s all fried in veg oil and all orders are cooked fresh, too, so no cold/soggy disappointments to be seen.
There’s all the little chippy trinkets you could want (whoever asked me about pickled eggs on Twitter will be thrilled) plus lots of house made sauces and snacks to make your meal whatever you want it to be. If you ask nicely they’ll even let you have scraps (batter bits to the southern peasants among you) if that’s your bag. It’s also licensed so if you fancy a bev with your battered joy, you go for it.
It’s not the cheapest chippy tea but it is by far the happiest one has made me in a B postcode. I posted recently about Fillet of Soul (which is a good venue for the city centre) but this is easily the closest to my beloved Cleethorpes/Grimsby fish and chips I’ve had in the city. Can’t comment on the samosas, curry or salads others seem to be talking about but that’s personally not why I’d visit this place anyway.
I gave it a week or so before visiting and went on a midweek lunchtime when it was much less hectic after the hype of opening week – it was still quite busy, so I expect weekends have been and will be mental for a bit.
Harborne now has some really special spots for food (shout out to my beloved Harborne Kitchen – love you forever) and this could end up there with them. Couldn’t fault it, will be back soon with Ian to dine in and try the seafood offering.
It’s open 7 days a week from 11:30am to 9pm if you fancy trying it yourself.
The Cod’s Scallops, 85 High Street, Harborne, B17 9ND
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