Nestled in one of Nottinghamshire’s posher areas, The Cod’s Scallops is a favourite for all – from international uni students to local retirees living around the area. It’s not hard to see why, especially with the widely-acclaimed fish and chips joint the 3rd best in the entire UK.
The actual restaurant space is not the biggest, but waiting times are usually pretty short as most of the surrounding locals opt for take away – which is cheaper than eating-in. The most popular choices for fish are the cod (£8.50) or haddock (£8.90) – you can choose whether you want your fish breaded or battered, and the price includes chips or potato salad, and tartar sauce.
Underneath the flour coating, you can easily taste the freshness of the fish, without an overwhelming fishy smell that might still linger in other joints’ fish and chips. What’s better is, even if you’re not a tartar sauce type of person, the tomato ketchup available on each table is quite something as well (even better than Heinz).
The only downer, at least for relatively small eaters like us, is that you’ll likely stop eating the flour coating halfway through, as it can feel quite feeling. I mean, you’d rather finish the chips than the flour coating right?
Other awesome sides you must add on are the battered or baked scallops (£1.60) – after all that’s what they are named after – as well as the huge (and aptly named) proper battered onion rings (£2).
It’s definitely an affordable meal, with the homey atmosphere of this family-runned business evident and adding to this awesome experience as well. Though it is quite inaccessible (bus then walk for those without a car), it is no surprise that The Cod’s Scallops has such a regular fanbase.
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