Fish and chips are oh so good, but it takes skill to get it oh so right. The fish must be mild and white, preferably haddock or cod. The batter needs a little bubbly, usually a good beer or club soda, to get the flakes and crumbs just right. And then, the potatoes should be on the thick side, no skinny French fries allowed. Check out these Denver spots for the best fish and chips plates around town.

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GB Fish & Chips
1311 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 570-5103

If you want a place to watch European and World Cup football (soccer), GB Fish & Chips is the place. This British-inspired restaurant is the brainchild of Alex Stokeld who spent summers in the UK as a boy. He acted on his boyhood memories English fare by opening three of Denver’s best fish and chips restaurants. The swimmer’s menu, all fried up crispy and light, includes cod, tilapia, prawns, oysters, squid, scallops and any combination of your liking. The chips are cut thick and fried up hot. Other British culinary treasures include pork bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, pasties and unique daily specials. Imported and domestic beer is also on hand. Look online for the football schedules.

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The Irish Snug
1201 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 839-1394

At the Irish Snug in Capitol Hill, food and fun is on the menu. The fish and chips are made with beer-battered cod, fresh-cut chips and coleslaw. The tartar sauce provided for dipping is some of the best in town. The menu has other Irish fare as well like shepherd’s pie, liver and onions and chicken curry with tortilla chips instead of traditional poppadoms (lentil cakes). Another standout menu item is the Irish breakfast served all day with rashers, bangers, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, potatoes, eggs and optional black and white pudding. Just like in many Irish towns, The Irish Snug is the center of activity for everyone, beer drinkers and families alike. It has at least one event daily. Come in for some great bites and great fun.

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The British Bulldog
2052 Stout St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-7974

Patrons love this place for what it is and what it isn’t. It is not a contrived British pub. Instead, it is a dark pub that opens at 7 a.m. so football fans can watch the game live and closes late so regulars don’t miss a minute of fun. The menu is pure pub fare with one third Pakistani food, one third American pub food and another third British favorites like fish and chips, meat pies and an English breakfast. The fish and chips plate here is served with beer-battered white fish paired with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and a lemon wedge. And if tartar’s not your favorite, not to worry. The British Bulldog provides chipotle mayo sauce as well with each dish for the perfect fish dipping.

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Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek Drive S
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-0092

Traditionalists will love Bull and Bush’s fish and chips. It’s one of the only true British dishes on the menu other than bangers and mash. The fish and chips is served with a spicy, housemade tartar sauce made with an extra special bitter beer (ESB). Dip your lightly-breaded and deep-fried Alaskan cod and fries into this special sauce, and chase each bite with a fork full of coleslaw to cool down your mouth. The Bull and Bush is about more than just food though. Beer holds high ranking at this place. A top seller is Big Ben Brown Ale, a molasses, toffy-like ale that goes well with hearty food. The Allgood Ale is also a great food beer with balanced flavors that don’t overpower the taste buds. For a non-alcoholic drink, try the house-brewed root beer.

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The Fainting Goat
846 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 945-2323

Some of England’s best pubs have crazy names, and The Fainting Goat follows this long-held tradition. The pub is best known for its rooftop patio, which by the end of the evening and into the single-morning digits is a full-on party scene. The menu is a traditional British one with a twist. For instance, in the traditional end, the fish is beer battered with Guinness and served atop a bed of chips. However, diners are given the option of tater tots instead of fries to provide a twist to the classic. Also, with The Fainting Goat providing large portions, opt for a half order to leave plenty of room for a pint or two of Guinness. 

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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at