About Long's Fish and Chips
Just a few yards from the Opera House, is one of Belfast's hidden gems.
The longest established fish and chip shop in Belfast, John Long’s is among the city’s top seven wonders: the Europa Hotel, Linen Hall Library, Peace Walls, Ulster Museum, Harland and Wolff and the Crown Liquor Saloon.
It is no surprise that Belfast people have been visiting John Long's for their fish supper for a hundred years. People here just want good food, good value and good craic. All three are here in spades.
At Long's, we like to think we make the best fish suppers in Belfast (if not the whole country). We just use the best fresh fish, light and crispy batter, Maris Piper potatoes and our famous homemade pasties. Good food, and lots of it.
For 2016 the NI Year of Food and Drink, John Long’s has created gluten free fish suppers including chilli cod, lemon haddock and natural smoked hake.
Long's is a bit of a local secret, but the word has got out. We've had a few of those actor types drop in for supper: Brendan Fraser, Sean Bean, and the lads from Take That (before they got too old!). Eamon Holmes even said that if he had only a couple of days to live, he'd end up at Long's for his last meal. From the Big Man that is praise indeed. Dara Ó Briain the Irish comedian and television presenter also popped in recently to try our world renowned fish supper!
Anyway, you are more than welcome to try Long's for yourself. Find us close to the Europa hotel on Athol Street. We'll be very happy to welcome you to Belfast's oldest chipper.
“The quality of John Long’s is exceptional and unmatched…” Joris Minne, Belfast Telegraph.
028 9032 1848
39 Athol Street
Belfast BT12 4GX
Mon- Fri 11.45 - 6.30pm
John Long's fish and chip restaurant is 100 years old.
At the end of 1914, John Long converted part of his grocery shop to sell fish & chips. 100 years and only two owners later, Long's is still a Belfast institution.
When it opened, Long's was in a bustling area of Belfast. Over on the waterside, the Harland and Wolff shipyards, most famous for building the RMS Titanic, were thriving as they built ships for the war effort. Around Long's were the factories of Belfast's other famous trade of the time- linen mills. it was these workers who first went to Long's for good quality, reasonably priced and filling food.
The second owner was Walter Titrington. He oversaw the move a few yards along the road to the present location back in the 1970s, and installed the formica furniture that is still in use today. Throughout the Troubles, Long's continued to prosper, employing people from all areas of the community, and serving the same. That's not to say the restaurant was untouched: close to both the Europa Hotel (once dubbed the most bombed hotel in the world!) and the Grosvenor Road Police Station, the windows were blown-in a few times, leading Walter to install the mesh covers that are still there today. In 1996 the present owner, John Copeland, took over. He's been dedicated to keeping what makes Long's the best in town: no-fuss, great food.
Where to find us
From the Opera House, head down Grosvenor Road towards the Westlink. Athol Street is on your right.