Chipmunks, Monkton St, Ryde
If you're visiting Ryde and enjoying the esplanade or the huge expanses of sand, you're unlikely to look behind the rows of imposing Victorian residences that front the shore.
If you did, you'd be even less likely to venture down Monkton Street, with its appearance of an inconsequential urban backstreet. But by such an omission you would miss out on the pleasure of the row of shops which features Chipmunks fish and chip bar, a small but well-frequented takeaway chip shop that, despite being only a few moments from the beach, is almost entirely patronised by locals.
Chipmunks is a simple, homely chip shop that serves good food quickly. It's not got the finest chips on the island, but it's great value for money and very far from having the worst. The portion size and quality certainly trump the better-placed Cod Father.
Matt is a regular patron, usually enjoying a generous portion of cod, and junior reviewers Bill and Jack swear by the Chipmunks battered jumbo and saveloy. The friendly and brisk service adds to the experience, plus, if you're in a hurry, it's almost always possible to park right outside.
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Excellent,really pleased for them.
Only trouble is more people, but longer wait!
Keep up the good work.
And just along the way, I noticed the Solent Inn has reopened, so we popped in for a drink.
Looks as though it has had a spruce up (probably about time) and the people there seemed friendly and on the ball. Plus we saw that music is still on the agenda. So we will return.
WE ARE NOW THE PROUD OWNERS OF 2 ISLAND AWARDS:-
1) VOTED BEST FISH AND CHIPSHOP TAKEAWAY ON THE ISLAND 2012 BY HOVERTRAVEL
2) BEST CHIP AWARD 2013 VOTED BY THE SQUASH CHIP CHALLENGE AND ST. JAMES CHURCH.
:) COME AND GIVE US A TRY
one word !!!! yummy !!!! that’s it nuff said , in the words of Arnie !!! i’ll be back !!!!
really enjoyable supper …. reasonable price and clean and friendly , busy which usually means good , only downfall is its tucked away so unless you know its there you could miss it ……. and that would be a shame coz it was really very good ….. highly recommend
p.s they also have 2012 award from hovertravel , voted best takeaway fish and chips by hover travel customers…………..
Tried the ‘Rock’ fish as plaice had run out….it was fantastic. Much better flavour and texture than cod, a tad more expensive but I would pay it. Always good in here…keep up the great work xxxx
Had some lovely Cod & Chips from here yesterday lunchtime. Usual high quality standard.
fantastic food, chips amazing !!! came highly reccomended and now i know why very pleased with all the food and the shop was really busy (thats always a good sign )
hi lisa , im karen the owner and im sorry you feel you had a bad experience this time , infact i remember you and you even commented about coming down last year , i can recall clearly that you ordered one of our salmon and dill fishcakes , im shocked you found our food not as good as last year and i cant think why , our fish is from the same supplier and we continue to spend more on getting the best quality produce we can ………. our fish still remains one of the highest standards and is not a thin small piece but usually thick and fleshy , had you of let me know of your displeasure i would of gladly put it right for you…
thanks MintyMat for your comment its most appreciated , i work really hard to offer my customers value for money but unfortunately it seems i cant get it right everytime :O) i hope lisa will be kind enough to give us another try and im sure she’d feel different :O)
I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience, Lisa. I live in Ryde and Chipmunks remains my favourite chip shop on the Island. I’ve eaten from here most weeks for 5 years and have loved my grub EVERY time!
Come back fish & chips of last year!!!
Awful in comparison to last year!!
Large cod was gorgeous last year….this year…smaller than the small cods I’ve had! Lack of any meat too!!
I wanted this to be the fish & chip shop to visit each holiday!!
Now I’ll have to look elsewhere…boo hoo hoo
i disagree with your review cat and matt where you say there not the finest chips on the island - i think they are a very good contender for the one of the best, i spent two weeks on the island and ate from a fair few and this is in my top 3…. i think you need to update your write up or perhaps review again ….. but well done on website
had a wonderful takeaway from here last night , it took a few extra minutes cause they were very busy (which is always a good sign) but didnt mind cause the atmosphere was really nice the staff were laughing and joking with the customers whiles they worked and it was a real nice add to our easter holidays ….. will definately come again when we’re back and you cant beat kids meals for £1.30 !!! also there are some funny signs spread around the shop , i actually left with a big smile on my face , well done to you all …….paul evans
i had a wonderful supper here today and will be making it a regular treat, i gotta say i love the funny little signs around the shop it makes it interesting and while your waiting for your food you can get a giggle i love the one about jogging and even took a photo of it to put on my facebook page , keep up the good work and i love the salmon fishcakes
No problem Karen
im sorry for the way you feel but after reading your comments i asked a few customers how they felt about my funny signs especially the plant a man one and they all (all men i might add ) agreed they were all light hearted and fun !!!! im happy with what i have achieved over the last 13 years in my shop and will continue to run it the same way ….. im also happy with my portion sizes as are most of my customers , like i said paul if you make your self known i will ensure you recieve meaty fish in future - i however prefer my fish from the tail end so everyones different - like the old saying goes: you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time…..kind regards karen…….
I don’t think so Karen. If a large fish is ordered, then the meaty, non-tail part should be used without asking. Cutting fish is like cutting bacon. The meaty end at the shoulder is back bacon, the middle is middle bacon and the fatty tail end is streaky bacon. If you order “back” you don’t expect to be sold “streaky”
With respect to the joke, I’ve witnessed enough complaints by women about signs in offices and shops depicting them as thick loose or only fit for lustful purposes. I agree with the ladies who take offence but lately it would appear only men are fair game for stereotyping.
paul if you look around my shop i have many funny little signs if you are offended by my dope sign then im sorry but i think 99% of people will take it in the way it was ment A JOKE !!!!
lifes to hard to live so seriously so lighten up , as for the large cod one being meaty and one not so , not all of the fish is meaty as a fish has tail ends too which some people prefer if you want a meatier piece all you have to do is ask, make your self known to me paul and we can laugh over the dope joke :O) as you can tell by our shop and customers we are a small friendly family run business and i put my all into my business so please any problems tell me to my face and we can sort it out …… and thats for all my customers we cut our own fish so if you want it meatier just ask if you want a tail just ask ………. thankyou :O)
Based on my previous experience, I visited Chipmonks a second time. The food was excellent with respect to taste but one portion was less than adequate. I ordered two large cod. One was passable as large but the other was mainly batter with little meat.
During my time in the shop 7 customers were served - all male. I mention this because on the rear wall is a misandrist sign which states “grow your own dope - plant a male” Referring to 50% of your customers as dopes might not be a wise business move. This dope has taken note.
thankyou lisa , im glad your son liked the salmon and dill fish cake , i agree they are yummy , im sorry you thought our portions a little small compared to mainland but am glad you enjoyed your meal ………… look forward to seeing you again when you next visit our beautiful island ……… kind regards karen :O)
ahhhh thanks paul , glad you liked it and thanks for your feed back , it really means a lot ….. kind regards…………karen :O)
Hello Karen. Finally got around to trying your fish and chips. They were excellent, and the mushy peas. Wifey was also impressed. Will definitely put you in the diary for another visit
Fish was gorgeous! My son loved his salmon & dill fishcake. He is a very fussy eater too!! Hmmm…have to agree with the chip portion size though. It was plenty for us, but small in comparison to what I have received in numerous places on the south coast (across the water) I would definitely come back here. If I was ever fortunate enough to come to the beautiful isle of Wight again :-) PS we drove 4 miles back to eat these. They were still hot!!
fantastic food - as always - definately the best around
hi paul, i’ve had the shop since 1998 so 13 years so i hope the time you got your food 8 years ago was just a one off , we do go through periods of the year when the potato crops are affected by snow and frost so maybe you caught us during one of those periods , which do affect most chipshops who use fresh potatoes - i can only apologise for your dissatisfaction …. please do come and try us again and hopefully i can convert you to our customer base :O)
COMING SOON A SUMMER SIZZLER MENU INCLUDING CHICKEN POPCORN, CHICKEN FILLET BURGERS, SALT AND PEPPER SQUID , JACKET POTAOTES, FROZEN DESERTS, SPICY CHICKEN WINGS AND LOTS MORE ……
Hi Karen. I don’t know how long you have owned the shop but I went in once around 8 years ago and would only rate the fish and chips as average. Reading the excellent write-ups here I shall be paying you a visit this week to sample the haute cuisine.
All the best
had a wonderful supper from here today , ive been twice whilst visiting the island and i must say its georgeous , the food was fresh and tasty and im definately coming back when next on the island ………. lovely its making my mouth water !!
hi, just a quick note for any customers using this website , january to may is a horrible time for potatoes cause of frost and cold weather - a potato is alive until peeled and if a potato gets too cold it produces sugar , when the potato is cooked it then caramilises and leads to a darker not so crispy chip - please bear with us through these weeks - thankyou karen (owner)
apologies to all customers we are having some building work done and it has disrupted a couple of usual trading days , normal service will resume once work done but unfortunately the work is necessary and we have tried to cause minimum disruption……..
THANKYOU FOR YOUR VALUED CUSTOM :o)
P.S TO CATT AND MATT - ANY CHANCE YOU COULD UPDATE THE PHOTO AS WE HAVE HAD NEW SHOP FRONT AND IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM PRESENT PICTURE HOWEVER WE WILL HAVE SCAFFOLDING FOR NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS SO NO RUSH…………. THANKYOU
Matt and Cat reply: done. You’re right about the mushrooms by the way, very nice!
brilliant as usual, got my regular supper saturday night and it was fresh and tasty as usual, i wont go any where else, …….. top of my list everytime …..
over for a weeks holiday and happened to be ryde regatta (great family day) everyone around us seemed to be eating chips and they looked yummy!! we followed the directions given to monkton street and found this fab shop, i’ve never seen anything like it, people were queing up outside, dispite being busy i got served very quickly and OMG i wish it wasnt the last day of my holidays, they were the best chips ever !!!! sadly we had to go home the next day with the taste of those chips still in our minds - kids meals for £1.20 just brilliant for holiday budgets - i highly reccommend this place to anyone and well done to the girls working there it was boiling hot in there but they were so efficient and still managed smiles for everyone , when we return to the isle of wight in august chipmunks will be on our list……………
sorry about mozzarella sticks mandy, they are new to our menu so maybe little teething problems getting used to cooking them :O0 glad you liked the fish though :O)
Had lovely fish and chips tonight. Shame about the mozzarella sticks, over cooked and bland but the fish was lush.
Hi to all our customers,
Hope you all had a happy xmas and good luck for 2010, we look forward to seeing old and new faces in the coming year :O)
sorry , im just so passionate about good food lol and this place is totally reasonable and sells yummy food what more do you need ?? foot note , olivios in ryde is fantastic and the service is really high standard check it out.
Sarah, why are you shouting?! Lol
I AGREE BUSHY, IN WHICH CASE I THINK CHIPMUNKS HAS IT CAUSE THEIR FISH AND CHIPS ARE EXCELLENT ALL THE TIME, WHEREAS TERRYS CAN BE HIT AND MISS, DOESNT HE ALSO DO PIZZA WHICH TAKES HIM OUT OF THE TRADITIONAL FISH AND CHIP SHOP TABLE LOL, NO REALLY IVE ALWAYS FOUND CHIPMUNKS TO BE YUMMY AND VALUE FOR MONEY BUT I THINK CHIPSHOPS IN GENERAL ARE VALUE FOR MONEY AS APPOSED TO CHINESE AND INDIAN SO BIG UP ALL CHIPSHOPS (AS LONG AS THEY ARE DECENT) WHAT I CANT ABIDE IS WHEN THE CHIPSHOPS USE FROZEN CHIPS LIKE THE ONE ON THE ESPLANADE WHO CLAIM TO BATTER ANYTHING, IT WOULD BE NICE IF THEY STARTED WITH A DECENT BIT OF FISH,
Since when did fish & chip shops get judged on chicken, battered mushrooms etc.? In my day (cue grumpy old man), they served fish, chips and mushy peas - nowt else!
We’ll agree to dis-agree then Sarah! Like I said, both serve excelent quality food, but in my opinion Terry’s offer slightly better value for money. For example; battered mushrooms are £1.50 at Chipmunks as opposed to £1 at Terry’s.
neil , i have to disagree about value for money, where else can you get kids meals for £1.20….also i find the portions of chips at chipmunks are the biggest around including terrys, however, i agree if chipmunks is closed id use terrys ,however i really think chipmunks is better in so many ways …… as for wights, they dont come any where on my list, their burgers taste like they come out of a tin…… chipmunks and terrys i would say are the best around….
While I agree with Mat that Chipmunks offers really good quality food, when comparing it to Terry’s at Wootton, I have to say that in my opinion Terry’s slightly have the edge for value for money as most things are slightly cheaper. But of course they ar’nt in Ryde so I would agree that Chipmunks are the best in Ryde. Wight’s in the High Street would score better if they did chicken! Have you ever heard of a chippy which does’nt do chicken?
This place goes from strength to strength. I’m a fish and chip connoisseur and I’ve NEVER had a bad meal from here. There really is no point going anywhere else in Ryde, if not the IOW. Terry’s in Wootton isn’t bad - but for fresh ingredients, consistency, speed and service this is my favourite by far.
Shall i tell you the best thing about chipmunks is the quality of the ingrediants, i visit chipshops all over the island and if there not using frozen chips its cheap ingrediants and quite frankly its horrible. at least with chipmunks you get Beautiful white fish and quality ingrediants that and hansome young men in there lol enjoy all.
thankyou cat and matt for your recommendation sigh , which is proudly displayed in our window
message to david, this is the owner karen and im sorry you feel this way about our shop, however judging from the comments left (none of which are family or friends ) people have a different opinion to yours……. our phone maybe constantly engaged when you call and this is because we are a busy family owned shop who actually do very well and do not receive complaints such as yours, usually our customers comment on our large portions and value for money - i think perhaps you may have an a bee in your bonnet about something or perhaps you are from a jealous rival takeaway - if however you did receive a smaller then usual portion , please make yourself known and i will put right….. you can contact me on my shop number and all things said there is plenty of times our phone is free for you to call ….. i value our customers opinions but yours seems some what unfair as carnival night was extremley busy and we took no complaints from anyone at all !!!!!!
These reviews must be friends of the owners my wife visited on carnival night because the roads were closed(weve had problems before)she ordered a large chips and a large and medium cod all i can say is the portions were pathetic the fish were small at best and dry and the portion of chips wasnt enough to feed one ive tried to phone to complain but its constantly engaged i even took a photo it was that shocking!!When will these places learn a happy customer comes back!We will be taking our custom elsewhere!!
Had great fish, sausage and chips from here this week on hols.
CHECK OUT THE CHEAP KIDS OPTIONS - Sausage, Chips & BEans for some silly price like £1.20. Guy in front of us ordered EIGHT of these - obviously to share around his family of 4-6, saving mega bucks!
i agree mat, i think this takeaway is very reasonably priced and the food is always lovely and fresh, the service is always fast and efficient so therefore any money spent here is well spent, i can think of a number of other takeaways in the surrounding area that ive been to and ive got home and chucked the lot away so now i dont bother going any where else……….p.s has any one smelt the kfc in ryde and newport lately - their shops stink of dirty smelly oil, thats another thing for this shop it never smells bad infact it makes my mouth water just thinking about it - i think i will go there for tea tonight lol……
I’m happy to spend £1.50. I think they’re good value for good food. What I resent is paying any money for bad food.
I had mushrooms today and yes, they were very good. But they are a bit pricey at £1.50 compared to 90p at Terry’s in Wootton.
Thanks Karen, I had the mushrooms on Friday and they were really good, fresh and not at all soggy. You seemed really busy too which is a great sign. Can’t wait for the Cheese and Onion Pukka Pies!
true to my word battered mushrooms are now on our menu and i must say are selling like hotcakes, so thanks mat for the suggestion.
chipmunks will always listern to our customers and if you want battered mushrooms then watch this space, may i reccommend our veggie cake, its packed full of proper veg and can be served in a bun with salad if prefered - or our rice based veggie burger…. we also are bringing in a cheese potato and onion pukka pie which is yummy !! i will look out for more veggie ranges so once again watch this space. (all comments welcome) sorry if any spelling mistakes… oh and just before i go we do a fantastic fillet of fish , fish burger served with salad and mayo, its a skinned boned fillet of cod and its scrummy….
we look forward to serving you…
Had the usual large cod and small chps and every mouthful was delicious - as always.This is now the only place where the food is of a consistantly high standard.Fab.
Hi Karen, I’m a massive chip shop fan but would love to see more decent vegetarian food on menus. Battered mushrooms and veggie sausages are good but don’t think you do them. Some home made veggie specials would be great too, from my experience most veggie burgers are rubbish. Keep up the good work. Hope your diverse menu of specialties pays off, just don’t forget us veggies.
my names karen the owner of chipmunks , just checking in to make sure everyone is happy with chipmunks, thankyou all for your lovely comments, its a pleasure to serve all my customers old and new…..
have a good summer everyone - and hope to see you at chipmunks, if you do have any problems with us or want to perhaps see something added to the menu , please let us know.
thanks cat and matt for a great web site.
hope everyone had good holidays - i really missed this chippy cause they had a week off over christmas, ive just been for my lunch and its as good as ever - clean fresh and tasty - defo best in ryde and im sure they would be in top four for the island -
thanks richard - if your local to ryde which i am then best in ryde will do , i will let you know
nice but not the best perhaps the best in ryde …but deffo not the Island
Yeah, fast service good food some really nice saussies!
Hope we’ll be back!
I am a regular visitor to the island to visit family and have to
say that I love the food at Chipmonks. The batter is light and
tasty and the chips are always crispy. Its always nice to hear
that a company is “family run” as you know you will get better
quality and service than a larger franchise. I just hope that the
current financial climate doesnt destroy another valued business
because I for one would miss this excellent take away.
I stumbled along this place whilst staying in ryde , i really fancied fish and chips and asked the ryde harbour master where he recommends, he said without doubt it has to be the one he uses , as do most of the island locals (im talking proper islanders)chipmunks chipshop is without doubt the best on the island and will give the mainland a good run for its money too. Its fast efficient clean and friendly and has now become my local, but dont believe me go and ask a few people in ryde, im told by one of its waiting customers that the owners of over 10 years have done wonders for the place and he telephones his order from newport its that good.
“battered jumbo and saveloy”
Is that allowed? :-)
I would just like to thank all the people who have been kind enough to take the time to leave such lovely comments about my families chipshop, as a small family business we really try to offer the best food,service and value for money we can, and its lovely to hear we have achieved this. We have just added PIE MASH AND LIQUOR to our menu, and glad to say its taking very well. Once again thankyou for your comments.
hopefully see you again.
This is an excelent fish & chip shop and to date I’d say the best we’ve found on the island, although we’ve still more to research so perhaps we might find a better chip shop.
Very good Chips. Well cooked, tasty and a fair sized portion.
It was fairly busy when I went on a Wednesday evening on the recomendation of this great website. The staff appeared to know many of the regular customers and the service was fast and friendly.
best chippy ive found is in ryde, chipmunks monkton street, the quality of the fish and chips is amazing not thin fish but chunky fleshy crispy fish and the chips are to die for - dont take my advice try it yourself i highly reccomend to any one who loves a traditional british chippy
fantastic shop food always brilliant and the service is amazing even though food cooked fresh your in and out in no time so efficient, i always use this chip shop you can tell the quality of the food its not at all greasy and i have seen them in action on carnival night even though they are really busy quality and service is not compromised i highly reccommend
I agree with Jackie, I am a local and have enjoyed many fish and chip suppers from Chipmonks and they have always been exceptional quality and value for money. The battered fish is especially good.
i visited the island earlier this year and spent my time in ryde which is my fav place on the isle the fish and chipshop in monkton st. chipmunks is one of the best chippys not only on the island but also on the mainland i live in london and we have some pretty decent places chipmunks is on par with them , their food was cooked fresh which makes a difference to the fish every time you get it its crispy clean and fresh there is no smell of oil in the shop unlike alot of other takeaways i have been too. i would defo reccommend to anyone visiting the island to get there chips from them i think i must have put on a stone on my holidays cause i got a cod and chip supper every evening.
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