The UK’s top fish and chip shops have been revealed

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The UK’s top fish and chip shops have been revealed ahead of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2020.

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

Northern Ireland 

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

Eastern England

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 – 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.

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