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.
Categories: We like, Family friendly, Ryde, Fish and chips
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.
hopefully see you again.
Is that allowed? :-)
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.
Hope we'll be back!
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 -
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.
we look forward to serving you...
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!
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)
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!
All the best
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 ......
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.
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)
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.
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
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)
p.s they also have 2012 award from hovertravel , voted best takeaway fish and chips by hover travel customers..............