The UK’s top fish and chip shops have been revealed
On Tuesday, Seafish – the non-departmental public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry – announced the 60 most popular fish and chip eateries in the lead up to the awards ceremony in January next year.
Businesses featured on the shortlist span 10 regions including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England and the Midlands.
Catch Fish and Chips in Glasgow, Yans Fish Bar in Cardiff and The Big Blue in Warrington are among the shops listed and battling for first position in the competition.
Seafish states that the awards, which were formed in 1988, recognise outstanding businesses across the country that are serving “incredible fish and chips and providing excellent customer service”.
Those shortlisted are also believed to have gone “gone above and beyond to secure their place in the shortlist stage of the competition and showcase the nation’s favourite takeaway dish”.
However, a shop’s place on the list doesn’t come down to the taste of their takeaway alone.
Business are judged on the sustainable sourcing of their key ingredients, staff training and the opportunities they provide for young people and the creation of “innovative” menu options for customers with allergies and dietary requirements.
They will also have undergone several judging stages including mystery shopping visits and full business performance audits of premises.
“Every summer we look forward to starting our search for the UK’s best fish and chip shop and this award showcases the best in the business,” says Marcus Coleman, chief executive officer at Seafish.
“Shops have been entering the competition since May and these top 60 takeaways have demonstrated real commitment to quality in all areas and worked tirelessly to earn their place on this list.”
The winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 32nd anniversary ceremony in London on 23 January 2020.
Earlier this year, Krispies Fish & Chips shop in Exmouth, Devon was crowned the best chippy in the UK.
Following the win, Tim Barnes, owner of Krispies, said: “What a journey this has been and what an incredible way to top it off by being crowned UK’s Fish & Chip Shop of the Year! We love the awards and we’d recommend anyone in the industry to enter.
The top 60 businesses this year include:
Carron Fish Bar – Stonehaven
Catch Fish and Chips – Giffnock – Glasgow
Catch Fish and Chips – West End – Glasgow
Dolphin Fish and Chips, Macduff
Lows Traditional Fish & Chips – Aberdeen
Sea salt and sole – Aberdeen
The Fish Works – Largs
Hiks – Swansea
HOOKED @ 31 – Fishguard
Shillingfords – Neath
Simply Fish and Chips – Denbigh
West End Fish and Chips – Carmarthen
Yans Fish Bar – Cardiff
Dolphin Takeaway – Dungannon
Molloy’s Fish and Chips – Downpatrick
The Frying Squad – Bangor
The Salt House – Bangor
North East England
Hirds Family Fisheries – Halifax
Hook & Line – Leeds
Land & Sea – Thirsk
Sidhu Fish and Chips – Wallsend
The Bearded Sailor – Leeds
Whitby’s Restaurant & Take Away – Rotherham
North West England
Angel Lane Chippie – Penrith
Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove – Chester
Frydays of Kendal – Kendal
Shap Chippy – Penrith
The Big Blue – Warrington
The Codfather – Northwich
Andy’s Fish Bar – Swadlincote
Fiddlers Elbow – Leintwardine
Oldswinford Fish & Chips – Stourbridge
The Chip Shed Warwick – Warwick
The Golden Carp Chippy – Redditch
Winyates Chippy – Redditch
Wollaston Fish Bar – Stourbridge
Cox’s at The Lighthouse – St Neots
French’s Fish Shop – Wells-next-the-Sea
Frydales – Leicester
Plattens Fish and chips – Wells-next-the-Sea
The Cods Scallops – Nottingham
Traditional Fish & Chips – St Neots
Wellies Fish & Chips – Grantham
London and South East England
Belmont Bay Fish Bar – Harrow
Brockley’s Rock – London
Henley’s of Wivenhoe – Colchester
MyChippy.com – London
Newington Fish Bar – Ramsgate
Seafare Guildford – Guildford
Stone’s Fish and Chips – London
Central and Southern England
Arlesey Fish and Chips – Arlesey
Luci & Lina Fish Bar – Bedford
Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips – Eastleigh
Walnut Tree Traditional Fish and Chips – Milton Keynes
South and West England
Bishopston Fish Bar – Bristol
Fish ‘n’ Fritz – Weymouth
Harbour Lights – Falmouth
Lakeside Poole – Poole
Rockfish, Brixham – Brixham
White Row Fish & Chip Shop – Frome
The full 2020 shortlist is available to view here.