Hidden down a side street in the Herefordshire village of Leintwardine, you’ll find Fiddlers Elbow, a family-run fish & chip shop. It’s not just any fish & chip shop, this “chippy” has got me making a 45-minute drive to sit in my car and eat their delicious fish & chips… It’s that good!
I first discovered Fiddlers Elbow during summer last year. Mum & I were looking for somewhere to go for lunch and Fiddlers Elbow popped up in the search engine as having gluten-free and dairy-free options. It was a bit of a drive, but I was looking forward to it. I have since been back many times.
With lockdown imposed back in March, we made our last visit for a few months (Oh, such a long few months!). Fiddlers Elbow, however, carried on. They weren’t going to let a pandemic get the better of them! They kept the Leintwardine area fed with their fish & chips, firstly with deliveries and then giving the option to collect too. Lockdown in Wales lasted longer than it did in England, but, as soon as we were allowed to, I finally made the drive and got my treat of fish & chips.
So what makes Fiddlers Elbow so great? Well, they’ve won multiple awards (including Tripadvisor awards, The National Fish & Chip Awards, British Takeaway Awards and more), as well as having been continually awarded a Food Safety & Hygiene Award of 5 stars since 2013. The place is sparkling clean! All of the food is cooked to order, not only that, but they also have a nice range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
My favourite meal from Fiddlers Elbow has got to be the Battered Plaice & Chips (gluten-free & dairy-free!). The batter is golden and crispy, and the plaice is delicious and flaky. The chips? Cooked to perfection! I will, occasionally, have the Battered Haddock & Chips, and sometimes I am tempted by the “special” – earlier this year I had the Sweet & Sour Battered Chicken Chunks, Rice & Chips and more recently I had the Lemonsole Fish Bites & Chips.
Mum’s favourite is the Southern Fried Chicken Chunks & Mini Chips, whilst Dad loves the Steak & Ale Pie & Mini Chips. They also tend to share a pot of Mushy Peas between them.
Another firm favourite of mine, though they’re not always on the menu, is the Battered Onion Rings. They are divine! Large rings of onion, coated in a light, crispy batter. Yum!
For those who aren’t quite full after their fish & chips, Ben & Jerry ice creams feature in the dessert section of their menu, just in case you happen to have an empty corner (I never have!).
Fiddlers Elbow are also conscious about the environment with the cutlery (if you need it) being plant-based, making them and the boxes compostable. Straws are also available, should you need them, but these are plant-based too.
I recommend pre-ordering via the Fiddlers Elbow website or app, so you get a notification when your meal is ready to collect. With current COVID restrictions, collection is available via the side window.
The customer service provided by Dominic and Linzi (co-owners) is second to none. They go the extra mile for their customers. They get to know their customers and take on-board suggestions, and, of course, service is provided with a smile! Just a week or so ago, I had a message through their app to say they would be adding my favourite onion rings back onto the menu the following day. What a great excuse to go out for lunch the next day!
Find Fiddlers Elbow at 10 Rosemary Lane, Leintwardine, Herefordshire, SY7 0LP.
(This is the sixth edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series).
Please note: We bought these items with our own money and I am in no way affiliated with Fiddlers Elbow.