The fish and chip shop is an English institution and Sussex has its fair share of fine establishments.

Entering into the fray in March on the run down from Hove station, Wolfies is certainly tapping into that tradition with a classical and eye-catching black and white tiled shop.

The whole interior feels like a warming step back in time, a shop that feels like it has been an institution in the area for years rather than a matter of months.

The team behind Wolfies has run the Black Burger Bar in Churchill Square since 1988 so know a thing or two about how to keep hungry tums satisfied.

The name comes from a hugely successful Florida deli called Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House and now the Hove-inspired shop is doing similarly roaring trade.

The team told me that regulars travel from Uckfield, East Grinstead, and even a determined push bike owner from Worthing to catch a bite.

The takeaway has a five star hygiene rating and I was given a five-star treatment during my visit, taking home with me two hefty bags of their finest produce to sample.

The team say their focus is on quality with hand-peeled scampi from Whitby, sausages made from the belly meat of free-range pigs, corn fed chickens from Uckfield and hand-made pies from Goddard’s in Kent.

They certainly seem to know what they are doing after more than a century’s experience in the industry.

The team are aiming to serve a slightly more discerning clientele than your post-pub drunk looking to soak up the booze and shut up shop at 10pm to avoid the late-night sozzled chip munchers.

In our goody bag of delights we were treated to the Wolfies take on surf and turf with thick and fresh cod, sweet and succulent scampi and chicken nuggets which reinvent the concept from anything you might have been served in at McDonald’s.

This was no tiny nugget, but a juicy square of chicken wrapped in a delicate batter.

The battered sausage again was with the right amount of batter so as to let the meat do the talking while the steak and kidney pie was a real macho star, big chunks of tasty meat in a rich and thick gravy.

If I were to quibble I would say our chips were maybe slightly undercooked but still very tasty covered in a subtle chilli vinegar.

In short, the food was as fresh and clean as the decor in this classy takeaway which is sure to keep packing the customers in and making them howl with delight.

Lucy Pearce