About Fish & Sips:
The British favourite, fish and chips, is in the blood of chef and restaurateur Paul Feather – he is an Englishman living in Canada (he has dual citizenship) and his family have been in the trade for more than seventy years, owning or running fish and chip shops across the UK. Paul himself has been cooking for many years, and together with his partner Tanya, who herself has decades of experience in the service industry, he now spends his time and expertise creating authentic fish and chip meals in one of Collingwood’s best places to eat: Fish and Sips.
Situated at 206 Hurontario Street in the heart of the town and just a kilometre south of Collingwood Harbour and the waters of Nottawasaga Bay, Fish and Sips is housed in an old redbrick building and its exterior is simple but inviting – whitewashed wood panelling and a small enclosed patio area with seating and shade. The interior is the same, combining natural woods and walls bedecked with mirrors to create a warm, casual eating space that is intended to feel like the dining room of a home in the United Kingdom.
- Cosy and casual
- Eat in or take away
- Fresh, locally sourced ingredients used
- Gluten-free options
- Very affordable prices
- Interior is on the small side
Paul and Tanya have created a menu that is sizeable and portions that are likewise – online reviews frequently mention the large meals and the value for money they provide. The quality is also reflected in the fact that, according to TripAdvisor, they are the second best restaurant in Collingwood, the number one seafood place to eat in town, and won the 2017-2018 Certificate of Excellence. On their website, Paul and Tanya proudly state that they use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients for their meals and love to support local businesses and farms.
Appetizers, mains sides and desserts are available, as well as three ‘specialty’ dishes that are very large portioned choices of cod and salad, haddock and chips or calamari and salad (they are offered with the tagline ‘We hope you’re hungry!’). The appetizers contain hearty favourites such as Caesar salad, chowder and clam strips, while the main courses consist of meals including scallop and chips, Scottish meat pie, and a fisherman’s platter. The choice of desserts is small but include homemade key lime pie and deep fried Mars Bar, while patrons can add even more to their main courses with a selection of sides such as mushy peas, coleslaw or poutine. Everything can be washed down with draught beers, something from the great wine list, or a soft drink from the chiller.
Online reviews for Fish and Sips are almost overwhelmingly positive, be it on Google, Yelp or TripAdvisor, with the latter site containing no ‘terrible’ reviews for the restaurant whatsoever. The owners frequently respond to any negativity with explanations and offers to disappointed customers to come back and eat for free.
Fish and Sips is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30 am to 8 pm, both for its restaurant and takeaway service.