Fish ‘N’ Chip Perfection

Sep 18, 2015 No Comments by

Living on the Costa del Sol, we are almost stupidly spoiled where great fish and seafood restaurants are concerned. However, every so often the idea of a good old slap-up fish and chip night raises its head, so when it does, it’s good to know that we can rely on Peggotty’s to deliver the goods, for this family owned and run restaurant does a five-star fish supper like nobody else. Conveniently situated in the popular Benavista area of Estepona, the ambience is admittedly rather more sophisticated than the average family chippy, the ultra-modern interior offering a cheeky visual challenge to anyone anticipating a greasy spoon.

The food, too, is in a different class. We decided to keep things traditional, opting for the Cod, Haddock and Wholetail Scampi, all served with Peggotty’s traditional British thick-cut Chips – these were no anorexic American style fries. The cod was superb, light white and fluffy and encased in a gorgeously crunchy batter. We discovered that the haddock was line caught and of an exceptionally high quality and, like the proverbial pudding, the proof was in the eating. It was delicious and, despite the vast size of the portions, we managed to finish everything. The wholetail scampi, too, was a world away from the dismal offcuts that were traditionally served as scampi in pubs throughout the UK in the 1970s, this was the real thing, as the intensely clean flavour proved.

A few words about the accompaniments; any self-respecting chippy stands or falls on the quality of its Mushy Peas and Tartare Sauce and these were particularly good, the green of the peas and the creamy texture of the sauce providing still more explosions of flavour. It is necessary here to state that not all the dishes at Peggotty’s are fish related. Some members of our party decided to opt for something different, and can especially recommend the excellent Greek Salad with Feta and Black Olives. Carnivores are also catered for and we all sampled the Southern Fried Chicken served with Chips and Coleslaw and the glorious Baby Back Wholerack of Ribs with the now famous Peggotty’s marinade; these were given a quick blast on the chargrill, which gave them a characteristic flame-grilled taste.

A word of caution at this point; pace yourselves if you are a big dessert fan, since the main dishes are so tasty –and so vast – that it takes a great deal of willpower not to present the staff with an empty plate. After taking a much needed break we did finally manage to conquer an American Rock Slide Brownie and also chose a Banana Fritter, served with Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream. It was like experiencing these very traditional desserts from a completely different perspective.

Peggotty’s is no newcomer to the Coast and has been delighting diners for some time now. If they continue providing food of this quality there is no doubt that they will be attracting new customers for many years to come.


Benavista, urb. El Pilar, Edf. Benapilar locales 8-10
ES-29680 Estepona, Malagá

0034 952 883 666 |

About the reviewer, Gabriel

Gabriel was born in Granada and based in Marbella since 1982. He started in the media business and lifestyle publications 5 years ago. Working as a freelance sales executive and editor, he collaborates with a wide range of magazines and publications along the coast and Granada area.
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