Seafarers Great British Chippy

Welcome to Seafarers Great British Chippy. We serve quality Fish & Chips in our Lytham St Annes family restaurant and takeaway and our aim is to produce the best Fish & Chips in the Lytham St Annes area.

Seafarers has been a family friendly restaurant and takeaway for many years and during that time has received a number of key awards and recognition for the quality of it’s food. Add to that thousands of satisfied customers, you can understand why Seafarers is St Annes-on-Sea’s premier Fish & Chip shop and restaurant.

Whether it’s in our 50 seat licensed restaurant or in our busy takeaway we offer traditional fish and chips and a wide range of other chip shop favourites as well our popular ‘Homemade’ specials. Our batter is light and crispy, our fish full of flavour and served with a portion of our delicious fresh chips it makes for a tasty treat.

Seafarers is a family owned business serving a wide range of local customers as well as the seasonal tourist visitors who come back year after year to enjoy traditional Fish & chips by the seaside. Our emphasis is on quality food, friendly service and excellent value for money, something we know is important to our customers.

We have a number of special offers and meal deals for Senior Citizens, families and children’s meals. Our special offers are available on both takeaway and restaurant menus. You can order online through ‘Just Eat’ and we’ll deliver your takeaway too. Or if you prefer you can order online and collect.

We also have daily specials and promotional offers so make sure you check back to take advantage of the savings. You can also but our money saving Vouchers which have some amazing prices for couples and family meals in the restaurant or at the takeaway.

Have a look at our menus here…

but closed in 1925 due to silting of the channel (a secondary channel of the Ribble that ran past the pier). A lifeboat continued to operate from Lytham, but the main channel of the River Ribble also became silted up, so the lifeboat was moved to a new all-weather RNLI base a few hundred metres south of St Annes pier which opened in 2000. St Annes Library and Information Service is situated just outside of the town centre in an Edwardian, Carnegie-funded building.

St Annes railway station

There is some confusion, even among residents of the town, about whether the correct name is “St Annes” or “St Anne’s”. The apostrophe has been dropped from the name by many of the residents of the town and has long been absent in many formal uses, such as local newspaper the Lytham St Annes Express, St Annes Parish Church, and Lytham St. Annes High Technology College, although the spelling St. Anne’s is still sometimes used.

On 23 October 2008 a bronze statue by sculptor Graham Ibbeson of comedian Les Dawson, who lived in the town, was unveiled by Dawson’s widow and daughter in the ornamental gardens next to St Annes Pier. Comedian George Formby, Jr. also lived in the town.

St Annes is one of the few English towns whose centre was designed from the outset with a grid layout, albeit one which follows the curvature of the coast. Many principal streets are named after saints, such as St Annes Road West, the main shopping street, and St Annes Road East which is residential. The west/east demarcation is according to the railway. The other axis consists of the two St Annes Roads. Roads which intersect either of these are named accordingly, for example St Davids Road North and St Davids Road South, and Clifton Drive South and Clifton Drive North. Another lesser-known naming convention applies to back alleys, which are named after rivers, for example Tyne Street, Don Street and Goyt Street. Many of these streets no longer have properties in their own right, being used only for access to the rear of properties on neighbouring streets, and so do not have name plates.

Fish_and_chipsFish & Chips Facts

Fish and chips became a stock meal among the working classes in the United Kingdom as a consequence of the rapid development of trawl fishing in the North Sea, and the development of railways which connected the ports to major industrial cities during the second half of the 19th century, which meant that fresh fish could be rapidly transported to the heavily populated areas. Deep-fried fish was first introduced into Britain during the 16th century by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain, and is derived from pescado frito. In 1860, the first fish and chip shop was opened in London by Joseph Malin.

Deep-fried chips (slices or pieces of potato) as a dish may have first appeared in Britain in about the same period: the Oxford English Dictionary notes as its earliest usage of “chips” in this sense the mention in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (published in 1859): “Husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil”.

The modern fish-and-chip shop (“chippy” or “chipper” in modern British slang) originated in the United Kingdom, although outlets selling fried food occurred commonly throughout Europe. Early fish-and-chip shops had only very basic facilities. Usually these consisted principally of a large cauldron of cooking fat, heated by a coal fire. During World War II fish and chips remained one of the few foods in the United Kingdom not subject to rationing.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Fish Labelling Regulations 2003 enact directive 2065/2001/EC and generally means that “fish” must be sold with the particular commercial name or species named; so “cod and chips” now appears on menus rather than the more vague “fish and chips”. In the United Kingdom the Food Standards Agency guidance excludes caterers from this; but several local Trading Standards authorities and others do say it cannot be sold merely as “fish and chips”.

The dish became popular in wider circles in London and South East England in the middle of the 19th century. (Charles Dickens mentions a “fried fish warehouse” in Oliver Twist, first published in 1838), while in the north of England a trade in deep-fried chipped potatoes developed. The first chip shop stood on the present site of Oldham’s Tommyfield Market.

It remains unclear exactly when and where these two trades combined to become the fish-and-chip shop industry we know. A Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin opened the first recorded combined fish-and-chip shop in London in 1860 or in 1865; a Mr Lees pioneered the concept in the North of England, in Mossley, in 1863.

The concept of a fish restaurant was introduced by Samuel Isaacs (born 1856 in Whitechapel, London; died 1939 in Brighton, Sussex) who ran a thriving wholesale and retail fish business throughout London and the South of England in the latter part of the 19th century. Isaacs’ first restaurant opened in London in 1896 serving fish and chips, bread and butter, and tea for nine pence, and its popularity ensured a rapid expansion of the chain.

The restaurants were carpeted, had waited service, tablecloths, flowers, china and cutlery, and made the trappings of upmarket dining affordable to the working classes for the first time. They were located in Tottenham Court Road, St Pancras, The Strand, Hoxton, Shoreditch, Brixton and other London districts, as well as Clacton, Brighton, Ramsgate, Margate and other seaside resorts in southern England. Menus were expanded in the early 20th century to include meat dishes and other variations as their popularity grew to a total of thirty restaurants. Sam Isaacs’ trademark was the phrase “This is the Plaice” combined with a picture of the punned-upon fish in question.

A glimpse of the old Brighton restaurant at No.1 Marine Parade can be seen in the background of Norman Wisdom’s 1955 film One Good Turn just as Norman/Pitkin runs onto the seafront; this is now the site of a Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips restaurant. A blue plaque at Oldham’s Tommyfield Market marks the first chips fried in Britain in 1860, and the origin of the fish and chip shop and fast food industries in Britain.

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Fish & Chip Party Catering

We are happy to cater for parties of any size over 20 people for any occasion – weddings, children’s birthday parties, dances, charity events, quiz nights, fund raisers and camp sites to name a few. All orders include free delivery & condiments. Please get in touch for more details.