Fish and chips, unlike revenge, is not a dish best served cold. In fact, cold chips, unlike cold pizza, is a meal fit only for seagulls. For this reason, Matt rarely gets to sample fish and chip takeaways unless they are quite close to his home town of Ryde, and he can take the food home to eat before it congeals.
So die-hard Matt and Cat aficionados will be interested to note that this time he's ventured beyond the Island's north-east quarter, as far as southerly Ventnor. And if you think that's surprising enough, you haven't heard the half of it. This time, his trusty fish-and-chip-eating companions Bill and Jack were not accompanying him, nor was he alone. Yes, friends, it's finally happened, Cat has been into a fish and chip shop.
M & C were staying in Ventnor and, in need of a quick meal, decided to make for the nearest takeaway. When this turned out to be the popular and highly-recommended Ocean View, perched high above the town on the edge of Lowtherville, Cat - normally reluctant to consider chip shops as a source of food - showed no sign of wavering in her determination to get a hot dinner, and so into the bright little shop the duo went.
It's not hard to see how Ocean View Fish and Chip Shop gets its name. The broad sweep of the English Channel is laid out far below, and the few vessels on the horizon serve only to emphasise just what a great view of the sea can be had from Ventnor. Ocean View's customers can gaze at the eponymous scene as they wait for their orders, but M & C were not swayed from their purpose. Ocean View is a typical chippy, serving standard chip-shop fare. Like most of Ventnor, it's got a good few steps to get up to the front door, but unlike most of Ventnor it does have convenient parking on the road behind it. Matt and Cat hardly looked at the menu, having already decided what they were after. Haddock and chips for Matt, and chicken pie and chips with curry sauce for Cat. Service was brusque, but efficient: it wasn't long before the diners were back outside clutching their precious supper. Soon it was home and dispensed to the waiting plates.
Ocean View serves up its meals not in paper parcels, in the traditional style, but in little cardboard boxes. This is certainly a convenient means of transport for the food, but lacks something in the unboxing. You just can't beat the smell of a hot paper bundle of fish and chips. Still, in this case the boxes were only a very temporary resting-place for their meals, and Matt and Cat were soon paying overdue attention to their contents.
Cat's pie was a traditional Pukka Pie, still in its wrapper and piping hot. When she dug her fork into it it exploded in what she described as a 'cloud of pie dandruff'. Underneath the enjoyably crispy fluff was the chicken and mushroom; a good sticky filling with identifiable components. The pie was tasty and moist. Cat enjoyed the nostalgic waft of generic curry sauce as she poured it liberally over her chips. It was like being a student again but without the state sponsorship.
Chicken and mushroom pie: £2.20
Medium haddock: £3.50
Large chips: £2.20
Medium chips: £1.50
Curry sauce: £0.80
Lemon and tartare: free
Matt was delighted to find on opening the box that he had been treated to a complimentary helping of lemon and tartare sauce. Three thick sections of fresh lemon sat properly on top of the haddock fillet, and nearby two sachets of tartare were on offer. He was impressed: this is usually the sort of thing a chip shop will charge extra for. Top marks to Ocean View for generosity. The haddock itself was a modest portion with an average coating of batter, but inside it was fresh and tasty. Both Matt and Cat enjoyed the chips that accompanied their meals - they were plentiful, and clearly made from fresh spuds.
So both Matt and Cat found themselves with just a few chips left on their plates - very much satisfied by their foray into Ventnor's fish-and-chip offerings. Ocean View is recommended.
Categories: We like, Take aways, Family friendly, Ventnor area, Fish and chips
The first thing i noticed on my most recent visit (Febuary 2010) was how clean and fresh the new owners have made the place, it really is quite a change from the previous owners, with new signs, lighting, paintwork, It all looks very nice and much brighter than last year, so top marks on your presentation Ocean View.
I also noticed that they have been awarded a 5 star food Hygeine award, something im told is quite difficult to get hold of and clearly this not only shows visually, but as they say the proof is definatly in the pudding!
I have always received excellent service from the staff and as always the food was exquisite, especially the fish which i have to say was cooked to perfection and had a great taste to it.
I do agree with matts comments above too, the boxes are much better than paper as the chips are always much fresher, they also make carrying them easier and are great if you want to sit outside and eat!
Overall im very impressed with the new Owners efforts with regard to the building and its appearance as well as there apparent very high level of quality and cleanliness.But most of all im glad they have not changed the food too much and it remains better than any other chippy in the surrounding area, if not the IOW.
Once again thanks to everyone for there kind words and Matt & Cat for the great work promoting hard work and keeping up standards
This page should have a phone number and address on it as your only presence for fish and chips in ventnor is google maps which puts you in Godshill.
The cod for me was amazing, really fresh. On the first visit the chips were a little bit old (in terms of freshness) but were good enough for me, not at all greasy. Second visit offered fresher chips!
Important to note that they only open for 4 hours a day, Mon-Sat only!
Discovered this site as Ocean View has the sticker on the door!
We always eat fish n chips from ocean view and have never had a problem, infact i have tried the chippy down the road in the town centre and its more like a kebab shop than a proper chip shop; with greasy food, frozen chips and nothing cooked fresh its all frozen, you only have to look at the number of customers who go to ocean view to appreciate that the Quality simply speaks for itself.
I cant beleive how much the new owners have changed ocean view, its fab! very clean and tidy now, much nicer than other establishments i must add.
Ventnor boy!, i think its pretty obvious your the competition down the road isnt it?
I will always eat my fish n chips at ocean view as they always have my order ready when i phone up, (no waiting 30 minutes)
Best fish n chips i have ever eaten, even better than chippy's up north, lovely fresh fish, clean, crispy batter and tasty chips cooked to perfection.
I cant really comment on other's experiences but for me and my parents, Ocean View has always been the best chippy in ventnor, keep it up guys and gals!
we now dont bother much with them. we used to use them quite a bit but hey at least it helps with the new years resalution not too eat many take aways>
We retired to the Island about 18 months ago and during that time have eaten at most chippys (on a pension you know!) Were in winford and we were told about ocean view by neighbours not long after arriving... Since then we go about twice a week and really love the place..The food is cooked Only to order, I love Haddock and IMO it is the best on the Island and my wife loves the cod (and codbites when available) so to avoid any long wait we telephone order and we give them a time and they give us a number ( we try a avoid Friday as its gets really really busy in the summer)Why an earth people are complaining about waiting for fresh cooked food?? Richard and His staff are great and accomodating. We like a light batter and free lemon with my Haddock. I have been there when the potato man has delivered a mountain of sacks of yes Island potatos making there lovely bendy chips under the shop. We have had one bad chips which were replaced FOC next visit in nearly 2 yrs. I think they employ locals and train the youngsters up which is great to see. I have tried the one in Ventnor town and its not for us. I have tried the Haven in Ventnor harbour and given pollack by mistake and frozen chips again not for us..... Keep up the good work
Have recently moved back to the Island so thought i,d give it a try, what a mistake, waited 35 minutes for the most disgusting Cod and Chips i,ve ever had.
The Cod, (not even sure it was Cod) was so burnt it was unbelieveable and swimming in very dark coloured grease, the chips looked very over cooked but were actually raw inside.
I telephoned Ocean View and was told, "well we haven,t received any complaints from anybody else and we are very busy so perhaps you would like to discuss it the next time you are in"
As if i would ever have gone and ordered from there again!
I now use the Fish and Chip shop in the High St and i find the Cod, Chips and Mushy Peas very good and also excellent value and before anybody asks, no i am not anything to do with the place in the High Street.
If a customer orders a large fish and none is available, then 2 tail portions are offered on the basis that for the same length, a tail end by definition, cannot contain the same meat weight as a front piece. This policy is not seen on the Island.
I have seen and tasted some strange batter mixes. Proper battered fish has a fairly even, light,crispy batter covering. Some batter I have encountered is rock hard with sticks of solid matter jutting out at all angles like twiglets. I wonder if this is done to increase the apparent length to mask the absence of fish?
I and others have now given up on them and only eat fish and chips as a formal meal in a pub. If you would like a foot long, solid fish meal, then go to the Folly Inn. Amazing value.
The VFB is Ok in emergency and as the folly Inn? At a tenner for frozen and chips do me a favour LOL
This couple have now departed (to a cafe in Newport I believe) and standards are not what they were. Portion sizes have reduced noticeably, the quality of cooking has dropped too - as other recent reviews have stated there seems to be a lot of dark greasy residue about and the food is generally overcooked. Disappointing. Several people have told me that the Ventnor Fish Bar is now the better option.
If you're ever down Bognor Regis way, chack out Fish Kingdom in Aldwick Road - Monster portions cooked properly!
Much better than some of the rubbish served on the mainland.
Love the boxes too!