The Clamshell is located on the Royal Mile and serves good quality fish 'n' chips as well as other "fast comfort food" favourites such as burgers, meat pies, pizzas and even Haggis. We had often heard that the quality of the food is above many of the other, similar take-away chippies in Edinburgh, and after eating there twice we can confirm that this is true!
Fish 'n' Chips must be the nations absolute favourite and most famous fast food dish - "The Chippy" as they are affectionately known are truly a British institution. Like most chippies this is a small place with a few chairs, that nevertheless looked clean, hygienic and tidy.
Service is fast and efficient, professional and courteous (not too warm or friendly, but we don't need overly hospitable staff in a take away place, do we?) and you just cannot beat the nostalgia and yumminess of standing on a street corner, tucking into a steaming bag of greasy goodness :-)
Favorite Dish: We had the traditional Fish and Chips for which we paid £5.20 each (year 2009). Prices here do tend to be a little higher that at other places, but that's to be expected with its location in the tourist-heart of the city's Royal Mile.
Here are some more items from their menu (prices from year 2009):
> Black Pudding w/ chips: £3.10
> Haggis (Jumbo): £3.60
> Steak Pie w/ chips: £3.30
> Baked Potato w/ any 2 fillings: £3.50
> Pizza Margherita: £3.60
> Chips, Cheese & Gravy: £2.90
> Onion Rings w/ chips: £3.20
> Deep Fried Mars Bar: £1.70-
NOTE: For first-time visitors to Scotland (or most of the UK for that matter), it's good to know that British "chips" are not the same as French Fries (or "Pommes" in Germany.) Wheres fries are thin and crispy, traditional British chips are cut quite thick, squidgy and are (although well cooked) not very crispy. These are delicious nonetheless, but this info is just so you know what to expect.
Go On! Try a deep friend Mars Bar! I Dare You!
I've eaten one and lived to tell the tale! ;-)
Sunday to Thursday 11:00am - 01:00am.
Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 02:00am.
--> You can also call the Clamshell in advance, order your meal and then collect it.
The chippy, great after a few drinks, fish and chips, fish deep fried in batter, smothered with salt and vinegar and chippy sauce (brown spicy sauce) lovely.
Find a good chippy, just ask a local, when you ask for a meal you ask for a supper if you want chips i.e. a fish supper, or if you just want a fish, ask for a single fish
Favorite Dish: fish and chips, white pudding (long sauceage shaped pudding made from meal, spices and deep fried) black pudding (spices and blood made into a solid pudding)
Favorite Dish: They have the regular fast food, but do try the deep-fried candy bars!! According to the friendly staff this is a typical Scottish delicacy. Scottish or not, a delicacy it is! Trust me, it is tastier than it sounds. The candy bar is dipped in batter and then deep-fried. They come in Mars, Snickers and Twirl variants and cost only £1.
Great fresh food here. Traditional fish and chips served, and they also have kabobs and meat pies.
Favorite Dish: Al stopped in several times for the great fish and chips while Mary's favorite was their meat pies.