The Chip Shed in Montpellier is the latest restaurant in the Family Group, which also have restaurants in Bourton on the Water, Minchinhampton and Warwick.
It is essentially a fish and chips takeaway or sit in restaurant, but it is so much more than that. It is not posh or pretentious, it’s just quite simply very good. The team offer a uniquely refreshing experience of a true British tradition, with the menu offering a range of chip shop classics plus a few extras that are prepared fresh to order whether eating in, taking away or having delivered to your door.
As we entered the restaurant we were asked are we eating in or taking away? As we were sitting in we were escorted and sat upstairs at a nice window table for two. The restaurant is clean and crisp with a simplistic rugged style. We were looked after by the restaurant team and made to feel very much at home. Both food and drinks menus are easy to navigate. We ordered for starters the whitebait, the fish cake and the very unique lightly battered asparagus. This was followed by traditional cod and chips with mushy peas and a curry sauce for me and the scampi and chips with gravy for Rachael, I also had a chicken pie. The whitebait was stunning, while the fish cake was crispy on the outside with a creamy centre full of pieces of fish. Now, I could wax lyrical about this or that, but it’s easier to just say: “It was quite simply the best I’ve ever had.” The batter is a secret recipe that is so light and crispy; the pieces of scampi are langoustine tails
shipped down especially from Peterhead in Scotland and they are firm, succulent and delicious; both gravy and curry sauce are the chip shed group’s own recipes; the pies are full to the brim and made locally and when eating in the restaurant you can have unlimited chips.
But let’s talk more about the battered asparagus. Who would have thought it? Wow, possibly the Chip Shed group’s signature dish. I certainly have not had it anywhere in the world before. Dipped in melted butter, it was fabulous. All this was washed down with a very nice, beautifully presented Sancerre white wine from the wine, beer and fizz menu.
Whether you sit in the restaurant, have takeaway or take advantage of the delivery service, the Chip Shed Family Group offers a passionate take on this fundamentally British tradition that needs no fancy titles. They have used their years of experience to create techniques that deliver the very best of an old favourite, presented in a no-nonsense style that will keep this food reviewer coming back for more.