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UK’s best fish and chip shops are shortlisted for national awards – does your local make the list?

  • Shortlist for the UK’s best fish and chip shops have been announced
  •  It comes ahead of this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards on February 23

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The shortlist for the UK’s best fish and chip shops have been announced.

It comes ahead of this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards, which will be hosted by comedian Jason Manford.

Running for more than 30 years, the annual awards celebrate Britain’s top chippies from best takeaways to best newcomers, restaurants and suppliers. 

There are 10 categories, including best newcomer, best takeaway and best restaurant.

Organised by The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), this year’s awards will take place on February 23 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Andrew Crook, President at the NFFF, described this year’s host as a ‘firm family favourite, just like fish and chips. We’re so looking forward to celebrating.’ 

But does YOUR chippy make the list? 

The shortlist for the UK's best fish and chip shops have been announced. Stock image

The shortlist for the UK’s best fish and chip shops have been announced. Stock image

Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

The top ten businesses shortlisted are:

Fisherman’s Bay in Whitley Bay

Fishermans Bay in Whitley Bay has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

Fishermans Bay in Whitley Bay has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

The inside of Fisherman's Bay, in Whitley Bay

The inside of Fisherman’s Bay, in Whitley Bay

A sample menu of what's on offer for customers at Fisherman's Bay in Whitley Bay

A sample menu of what’s on offer for customers at Fisherman’s Bay in Whitley Bay

Run by the Dhillon family, Fisherman’s Bay has been serving the local community in Tyne and Wear for the last 25 years.

Its cod is sustainably sourced and the chippy prides itself on using local source where it can.

On its takeaway menu, a cod and chips will set you back £10, haddock and chips £10.20 and a battered sausage £2.80.

Fish Kitchen 1854, Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly

The Fish Kitchen in Caerphillyv

The Fish Kitchen in Caerphilly has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

The Fish Kitchen is a family-run business in Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly

The Fish Kitchen is a family-run business in Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly

The inside of the Fish Kitchen in Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly

The inside of the Fish Kitchen in Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly

Their menu includes cod, plaice, scampi and seafood specials

Their menu includes cod, plaice, scampi and seafood specials

This traditional family-run business sells freshly caught fish and chips. The 1854 in its name comes from being close to the Viaduct in Maesycwmmer.

It previously won in the Food Awards Wales 2022.

The takeaway was launched by Colin Newbery originally from Ystrad Mynach, a keen cyclist and railway enthusiast.

Its menu includes a large cod supper for £11.95, a steak and kidney pie supper for £5.95 and ten pieces of wholetail scampi for £6.50.

Whitehead’s Fish and Chips, Hornsea, East Yorkshire

Whitehead's Fish and Chips in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, has been run by the Whitehead family since 1997

Whitehead’s Fish and Chips in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, has been run by the Whitehead family since 1997

Whiteheads Fish and Chips, Hornsea, East Yorkshire has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

Whiteheads Fish and Chips, Hornsea, East Yorkshire has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

Whitehead’s Fish & Chips has been run by the Whitehead family since 1997 with their takeaway a stone’s throw from the East Yorkshire coast.

A regular cod is £8.15, while a regular portion of chips costs £2.10. They have a range of pies including steak and kidney, beef and onion and chicken and mushroom. Or a regular sausage will set you back £1.25.

Customers have praised Whitehead’s Fish and Chips for its ‘freshly cooked food to order’ and ‘excellent service’.

Ship Deck, Trethomas, Caerphilly

Shipdeck, Trethomas, Caerphilly has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

Shipdeck, Trethomas, Caerphilly has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

A cod supper at Ship Deck in Caerphilly will set customers back £10.70

A cod supper at Ship Deck in Caerphilly will set customers back £10.70

Partners Ryan and Kimberly Hughes opened Ship Deck three years ago after working in various chip shops in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Mr Hughes won Young Fish Frier of the Year in 2019. He has been in the industry since the age of 15 and is described by his wife as the ‘bread and butter’ of the business. 

A regular cod supper costs £10.70, a large battered sausage is £2 while an open cone of chips will set you back £2.15.

Reviews praise Ship Deck for its ‘excellent service and exceptionally good  food’ as well as ‘plentiful’ portion sizes and good value for money.

The Bearded Sailor, Pudsey, Yorkshire 

The Bearded Sailor, in Pudsey, Yorkshire has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

The Bearded Sailor, in Pudsey, Yorkshire has been shortlisted for best Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

On the menu: fish and chips at The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey, shortlisted for best takeaway of the year at the National Fish and Chip Shop Award 2023

On the menu: fish and chips at The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey, shortlisted for best takeaway of the year at the National Fish and Chip Shop Award 2023

The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey, Yorkshire

The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey, Yorkshire

The Bearded Sailor prides itself on sourcing sustainable produce, only selling fish from Icelandic Responsible Fisheries. It also uses sausages from a local supplier in Ilkley.

A regular fish and chips (haddock) will set you back £9, while a regular chips costs £3.15. There’s also a battered jumbo sausage for £2.75, and a range of specialty sandwiches served in a brioche bun.

Sandwich selections include battered halloumi, battered haddock strips and a Filet O’Sailor (haddock filet, cheese and homemade tartare sauce), all costing under £6.

Customers praise the ‘piping hot’ and ‘best quality’ food, with one commenting that the fish was ‘chunky and lightly battered that it just melt in your mouth’.

The Fish Bank, Elmet, West Yorkshire

Located in a former bank in the heart of Sherburn-in-Elmet’s Low Street, The Fish Bank is a family-owned chippy which serves certified sustainable fish, locally-sourced potatoes and breadcakes, homemade fish cakes and other delicious treats. 

A lunchtime box meal including fish and chips, served with a small sausage and side of peas, curry or gravy costs £6. Its fish and chips (haddock) is £8.50, 12 pieces of Scampi are £5.30 and a battered sausage is £2.20.

It customers said it was ‘the fish is beautifully cooked and very fresh and the portions are very good’

Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Westhill, Aberdeenshire

Lows Traditional Fish & Chips was founded 30 years ago by Clifford Low, who has spent his entire life in the fish industry and 17 years ago was taken over by his son, David Low.

The family-run business has received numerous gongs including the Best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland in 2019. 

Its menu includes a standard haddock supper for £10.79, homemade chicken fillets at £6.59 and a range of pies including steak and macaroni with Spanish chorizo. A standard chips costs £3.

The Oyster Sell, Bath, Somerset 

The Oyster Shell, founded in 2019, is an award-winning fish and chip shop takeaway in the heart of Bath.

Driven by a life-long love for seafood, The Oyster Shell is a family business run by Dan Rosser along with parents Lisa and Garry, who have 30 years’ industry experience.

A large cod loin and chips is £13.95, large fishcake and chips £9.50 and vegan-option chickpea fitters and chips cost £9.50.

Auckley Friery, Auckley, Doncaster

Auckley Friery has been run by second-generation fish fryer David Nicolaou since 2003. His father Theo ran a fish and chip shop in Sheffield in 1979, named the Friery and so grew up around the industry.

After a brief career in software engineering, Mr Nicolaou took over the shop in Auckley to get it back up and running after its previous owner ‘let things slip’. He has been running it ever since, and prides itself on sustainable produce.

A large cod costs £9.60, a large battered sausage is £2.20, while 12 pieces of wholetail scampi cost £5.40. A large chips will set you back £3.55. 

The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire 

The Fish Works is a family-run business run by husband and wife team Ross and Tiffany Irvin, both have worked in the food industry for over 40 years

Being Largs locals and working on the promenade daily, they wanted to create a takeaway where people can come to enjoy fresh quality Scottish seafood with views of Firth of Clyde.

A haddock in batter full works (including twice-cooked chips) is £10.90, haggis fritters meal is £8.10 and crab loaded chips £7.90. Other options include black pudding, panko lemon sole and sausage.

Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year

The top five businesses shortlisted are:

The Cods Scallops, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

The Cod’s Scallops offers over 20 species of fish daily and prides itself on serving quality, sustainable produce.

Everything is cooked fresh to order and fish can be served battered or baked in garlic, lemon and herbs for a gluten free, healthy alternative. 

Fish to choose from include cod, haddock, hake, salmon, plaice, lobster, sea bass and monkfish. They also do seafood platters with prawns, cockles, whelks among others with a cocktail sauce, as well as a number of light bites and sides.

Eric’s Fish and Chips, Thornham, Norfolk

Eric’s Fish and Chips is situated within the grounds of Drove Orchards on the north Norfolk Coast.

It prides itself on providing a relaxed family-friendly dining environment with plenty of outside dining space too. Customers are given the choice of taking their fish and chips and picnic in the apple orchard.

Drove Orchards is a working apple orchard with a renowned farm shop selling local produce and a selection of award-winning independent shops, restaurants and a play area all within it’s grounds.

Its menu includes 10 pieces of scampi for £9, battered king prawns for £4.50 and a large cod loin fried in local beer batter for £12.50. A small portion of chips will set you back £2.75.  

Fish City, Belfast, Antrim

Fish City is situated in the heart of Belfast City Centre and prides itself on serving local, sustainable fish and seafood in a comfortable, atmospheric setting.

It is a family-run business which started in 2013, and has since won a number of awards including the ‘Seafish’ regional award for Fish and Chip Shop of the Year in 2014.  

Served with ‘warm Northern Irish hospitality’, customers can expect sustainable seafood with all of its cod, haddock, and hake Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified.

Its daytime menu includes a seafood chowder for £11.25. It also serves dim sum (£10.95) and spicy chicken wings (£9.95), as well as six fresh oysters for £22.25.

Henry’s of Hunstanton, Hunstanton, Norfolk

Located in the heart of Hunstanton, Henry’s overlooks the green and the Wash, describing itself as ‘the perfect destination to enjoy fish and chips’.

The restaurant is committed to providing high quality fish and chips in our stylish, family friendly restaurant, terrace and takeaway. 

The restaurant is named after Victorian nobleman Henry Le Strange who dreamed of creating a seaside resort to rival that of Brighton and Southend on the shores of the Wash in West Norfolk.  

All of its cod, haddock and plaice are caught from government monitored areas in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea where over-fishing is carefully monitored.

Its menu includes 10 pieces of wholetail Whitby scampi and chips for £10.95, a chicken breast burger with chips and salad for £10 and a halloumi burger with salad and chips for £9.95.

Other delights include battered king prawns, chicken goujons and steak and ale pie

Malt & Anchor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Calling itself a traditional chippy ‘with a twist’, Malt & Anchor is an award-winning restaurant and takeaway situated in the heart of the Cotswolds.

It serves fresh produce in a ‘unique and relaxing dining environment’.

Their menu includes specialty fish and chips (from £8.50), panko coated calamari (£9.50), locally sourced pies, including wild boar and chorizo and venison (both £8.50), butcher sausages (£4.50) and their own fresh fish specials.

Best Newcomer

The Best Newcomer category celebrates businesses that started no earlier than January 2021.

The top three shortlisted are: 

Haughton Fish & Chips, Haughton, Staffordshire

Harjinder Singh opened Haughton Fish & Chips in the Staffordshire village of Haughton in 2021.

Mr Singh said the secret to its success lies in the batter. The village chippy prides itself on ‘keeping it simple and doing it right’, with offerings of cod, haddock and scampi.

Its menu offers a cone of chips for £1.60, a large cod for £7.50 and pukka pies including chicken and mushroom, beef and onion and cheese and onion for £3.30. 

The chippy also does burgers, battered sausage and kebabs, as well as meal deals. 

Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough, Flamborough, East Yorkshire  

This family-owned fish and chip shop on the high street in Flamborough serves triple cooked chips and good quality fish, as well as homemade curry sauce and naturally prepared mushy peas.

They also cater for vegan and gluten free customers with, vegan pies, savaloys, halloumi and falafel.

A regular haddock and chips costs £9.10, while a regular portion of chips is £2.30. It also serves cod and hake as well as fish cakes and fish buttys.

One customer said they stumbled across the restaurant after a lovely walk on the cliffs and were impressed by the ‘super friendly staff’ and signs saying where the fish came from. 

Hendo’s Fish & Chips, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk

Hendo’s was started by businessman Giles Henderson who in June 2021 decided to swap running a clothes shop for a chippy.

Since he opened less than two years ago, Mr Henderson said it was ‘really humbling’ when he received high praise from customers.

Talking about how he came about running Hendo’s, Mr Henderson told Suffolk News: ‘It was sad to close the clothes shop down last August but I felt it was a declining market and wanted a fresh challenge.

‘He mentioned fish and chips – and that was the lightbulb moment. I’ve always loved food and cooking and decided to give it a go.’

Hendo’s sells regular cod and chips for £12.50, battered wholetail scampi and chips for £12.500 and homemade fishcakes for £3.50.

They also sell panko breaded king prawns, salt and pepper squid and battered calamari. 

Field to Frier

The Field to Frier category recognises businesses for their excellence in potato knowledge, care and chip preparation.

The top three shortlisted are:  

  • Pier Point Fish & Chips, Torquay, Devon
  • Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
  • The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum, Stirling

Mobile Operator

The Best Mobile Operator category celebrates businesses which operate mobile fish and chips vans or trailers and serve rural locations as well as catering for weddings and corporate events.

The top shortlisted are: 

  • Pimp My Fish, Burwell, Cambridgeshire
  • The Hungry Plaice, Holbeach, Lincs
  • The Chippie Van, Penrith, Cumbria
  • Jojo’s Fish & Chips, Stafford, Staffordshire
  • Country Fried, Langho, Lancashire

Staff training and development

This category recognises excellence in developing staff teams’ skills and qualifications.

The top three shortlisted are: 

  • Jacksons Fish and Chips, Newton Abbot, Devon
  • Stones Fish and Chips, Acton, Ealing
  • The Chesterford Group, Bishops Stortford, Herts

Multiple operator

The Best Multiple Operator category celebrates businesses which operate multiple fish and chips sites across the UK.

The top three shortlisted are: 

  • The Chesterford Group, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Harlees Fish & Chips, Wimborne, Dorset
  • Bells Fish & Chips, Framwellgate Moor, Durham

Quality Accreditation Champion

The Quality Accreditation category celebrates businesses throughout the UK that give their customers the best quality fish and chips.

The top three shortlisted are: 

  • Henleys of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
  • Ipswich Codfellas Group by Ozzie Bozdag, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

Environment and Sustainability Champion

The top three shortlisted are:

  • Fish City, Belfast, Antrim
  • Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

Supplier of the year

The top five shortlisted are:

  • Dennis Crooks
  • Isle of Ely
  • KFE Ltd
  • Ceres
  • Henry Colbecks

Source: Daily Mail UK

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