Harry Ramsden's is a fish and chip shop brand you almost expect to find all over the place, flooding the fish and chip shop market wherever you may go. The surprising thing is, that there aren't many Harry Ramsden's knocking about, especially throughout the North of England. I guess I hadn't noticed due to there being one up in Salford and one in the Trafford Centre, which are both just marvellous.
This Harry Ramsden's of Guiseley is no exception. If you have been trogging around, doing bits and bobs and you're famished, it's something of a comfort to stumble across a brand you recognise, and one that is world famous for being the best. With fish and chip shops clogging up most towns and cities across the land, it's hard to set the bar on quality. I have my all time favourite, but this comes in close. Worthy praise indeed.
Personal meal of choice, battered cod, chips and a side of mushy peas, ahhhh is there anything finer? Well yes, of course there is, but in the moment of opening up your rations and have the steam blast you in the face with "that smell" there is nothing finer in that moment.
This Harry Ramsden outlet offers both a restaurant and a take away service. When it comes to the restaurant menu I don't usually see anything beyond the fish and chips options, I mean if it's not broken, don't fix it right? But there are other things on the menu, soup, mushrooms, chicken, but bah, it's all about the fish and chips. If you're eating in, then the prices are a teensy bit more expensive than ordering it to take away, and yes that's a bit pricey too. But you get cracking quality and unlimited chips, so it's fish, mushy peas, bread and butter and as many chips as you can stomach, all for £8 or £9 depending on your fish and fish size.
Brilliant. Top Notch food. Can't fault it.
Harry Ramsden's fish and chip restaurants are world famous, so you go to the first branch ever opened, between Menston and Guiseley with high hopes. Thankfully, you are not disappointed.
They've been doing it for years, and while I usually despise chain restaurants, in this case it works brilliantly. The recipes the use have been perfected up and down the country over years and now you'll struggle to get anything other than a perfect meal from a Ramsden's.
For me, their haddock is better than their cod but both are superb (you can also get plaice) and the proper British potatoes they use for the chips are of a similarly high quality. Because of the history and quality of the place, it is quite pricey, but you evidently pay for quality - around £7.50 for fish, chips and peas.
The service is as good as the food and the restaurant itself always has a quaint atmosphere, due to the high concentration of oldies - but, as I've learned, if a chippy is full of elderly folk, then it's a sure sign that it's good.
This was the place we were brought for treats when we were kids staying at my grannie's in Baildon about ten minutes drive away. My mum says she can remember being driven past on a Sunday and my grandad would make comments about all the people eating fish and chips for sunday dinner. Nice.
The place is enormous, certainly considering it's just fish and chips. I think I'm right in saying this is also the first place in the world I drank coca cola. Anyway, the food is very filling, the portion sizes are almost too big, and if you do the challenge or have a dessert you only have yourself to blame if your rear suspension goes. I suggest a walk round Saltaire after or Baildon Moor get things moving again.
This is the only place to get the real harry ramsden's experience, forget all the new little outlets everywhere. This is the motherlode!
I have known this place since my childhood in the 50's/60's when Harry himself owned it. It was excellent then, hordes of coaches calling in, and packing the place out.
The more time has passed, the further it has gone downhill.
The food itself is poor, fish usually overcooked, and the Harrys batter has long since gone. Service is awful, very slow (even when not busy), and served by sloppy and surly staff.
I will not go there anymore, theer are much better F &C palces around in Otley, Yeadon, Horsforth and Headingley
I have to admit I was prepared to be disappointed here as I thought the hype might outweigh the food. I was wrong - despite living under the reputaion of being the 'original' Harry Ramsdens this place is quite excellent. The scampi and chips I had were perfectly cooked and came quickly after ordering (but not SO quick that they'd been done in advance!). The menu is as you'd expect but the food is very good. I skipped dessert - I was full and they looked delicious (but scary!).
This particular Harry Ramsden's (Harry's from now on) is the biggest fish and chip restaurant in the world, a fact which the other half finds hard to believe, but like I explained to him, most fish and chip shops don't have restaurants.
Not only that, but this Harry's is the site of the first fish and chip shop he opened. At the back of the car park, there is the infamous Harry's Hut, from where he first sold his now world famous fish. This part of the site is very small though, and seemed to be shut when we went there.
He started selling fish and chips here in 1928, but three years later, and inspired by the sumptuous Ritz hotel in London, he decided to build the biggest and most elegant fish and chip restaurant in the world.
His philosophy is simple, and is visible today; fresh, good quality fish and chips, cooked well, served by friendly staff and good value for money. I'm going to look at what I think are important aspects when choosing somewhere to eat, and whether Harry's philosophy is being upheld today.
The restaurant is on the A65 just outside Guiseley, on the way from Leeds to Ilkley. It is within 30 minutes' drive from both Leeds and Bradford, and as Ilkley is a popular tourist destination, it would be an ideal place to go for a meal during a holiday stay in this area. They are also happy to accommodate coach parties, as can be seen by the gift shop in the foyer, and the amusement arcade in the car park.
There are 4 disabled parking spaces, which are usually taken by people nipping into the fish shop, or obstructed by people parking opposite them. They are also full of potholes and on an adverse camber. We usually park down on the extra car park, as it is slightly more level, but this means walking up a small slope, which could be tricky if you push yourself, and you still have to negotiate the potholes.
There is disabled access to the restaurant and the fish shop next door, but whilst there is a short walk up some steps from the car park for everyone else, there is a longer trek from the car park for those who can't walk up steps.
Once inside, the access is great. There are accessible toilets, plenty of space between the tables, and the staff are only too happy to move chairs and put you on a big table to give you more room.
As mentioned above, the parking can be a bit awkward for anyone who is disabled, but if people were more sensible and used the many spaces down the slope, and left the upper part for those with mobility problems, it would be much better. This is already something I have contacted Harry's about. Having said that, there must be space for about 100 cars to park, which is plenty for the amount of tables inside.
Harry's consists of the restaurant, with a very grand green wood and glass entrance, with hanging baskets, and helpful facts hung up in it, and a fish and chip takeaway shop on the side, with a slightly less ostentatious entry.
The restaurant has a very old fashioned décor, but it is clean and freshly decorated, it is old fashioned purposefully, to maintain the feeling Harry wanted all those years ago. There are crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and plenty of flowers everywhere. It kind of feels like a tearoom or a ballroom, especially because it has a wooden dancefloor. The toilets are very clean, and well maintained.
Fish and chips is of course the main dish served here, with no less than 5 types of fish to choose from (cod, haddock, plaice, halibut, hake), as well as fish cakes and bite sized pieces of fish called, surprisingly, Fish Bites. It is possible to get a larger size of two of the fish, cod and haddock, and if you eat the biggest fish they have, Harry's Challenge, you get a dessert of your choice free. All fish is served with chips, and bread and butter.
As well as the fish and chips, you can choose from the Chargrill selection, which includes Chicken Breast, Salmon Fillet, Halibut steak and Swordfish steak. These pieces of meat or fish come with Mediterranean vegetables and a potato rosti (oven baked grated potato pressed into a patty).
If you don't like the sound of either of those menus, there are also Harry's Classics, which includes Poached Salmon, Chicken Escalope, Scampi, Chicken dips, Steak and Ale Pudding, and the vegetarian dish of the day. As you can tell, this isn't a great place to take vegetarians, as they only serve one veggie dish, and it's impossible to tell what it's going to be as it changes each time. When we went it was Veggie Pasta Bake, which is pretty vague anyway.
There is also a full menu of starters, with the emphasis squarely on fried things such as Crispy Mushrooms, Deep Fried Brie, and so on, a range of side orders including mushy peas, baked beans, pickled onions and more. The dessert menu is definitely slanted towards good old fashioned puddings, such as Apple Pie, Fruit Crumble, Bread and Butter Pudding, as well as slightly lighter ice cream sundaes.
Harry's is fully
The orginal fish and chip resturant situated on the roundabout just at the top of Bradford road in Guiseley. This once busy orginal victorian building has been some what over shadowed by up and coming resturants and chains. However this historical fish resturant must not be forgotten and i strongly encourage all reading this to pay a visit to the tastefully decorated fish and chip resturant. The food is tasty and refreshing, ample portions and served by friendly staff in a beautiful environment. Take time to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy a refreshing drink. Ideal for couples and families.
Based at the site of the first fish and chip shop that our Harry opened. This is a beautiful restaurant with huge hihg ceilings and chandeliers. The fish and chips are good but very pricey. They sometimes have someone playing the grand piano and also sometimes do special music nights. They have a take out side too.
good food! I enjoy Harry Ramsden's when I travel to leeds
given Harry's plenty of chances but it never fails to disappoint. awful place these days. slow service and despite cooked to order the fish and chips are heavy and dry. go to a smaller chippy in nearby guiseley.
Without doubt the worst (and most expensive) fish and chips I have ever had. Total rubbish. Imagine eating three day old reheated chips with a tiny rubber fish covered in mouth coating fat. All served by the most unenthusiastic staff you could find. Avoid at all costs.
Used to eat at Harry's years ago when people would queue outside. No queueing these days! This used to be the Bettys of fish and chips with waitresses in black and white uniforms. Going to Harry's was an occasion in those days and although it wasn't cheap, it was worth it. Fast forward to now and it's just another corporate disaster. No surprise that the car park is so empty when you have Murgy's just up the road which is so much better. Apart from the fish and chips just being poor, the restaurant was three quarters empty when we visited, no atmosphere at all.
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