After six months of searching for the UK’s top takeaways we are pleased to announce our 50 Best Fish and Chip Shops for 2013.
Over 300 shops entered the competition, which was launched this year in a bid to find those fish and chip shops at the top of their game. The successful shops that made it on to the prestigious list are:
Angel Lane Chippie Penrith, Cumbria
Aragon Fisheries Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Bankers Restaurant Brighton, Sussex
Batter Sea Fish Bar Linthwaite, West Yorkshire
Colmans of South Shields South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Colorado Chip Shop Falkirk, Stirlingshire
D Fecci & Sons Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Dolphin Fish & Chips Macduff, Aberdeenshire
Elite Fish And Chip Company Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Elite Fish And Chip Company Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Fairfield Fishbar Grimbsy, Lincolnshire
Fairfield Plaice Buxton, Derbyshire
Fish Face Seaton Carew, County Durham
Fish ‘n’ Chick’n Baskingstoke, Hampshire
Fish ‘n’ Chick’n Colchester, Essex
Fishtastic Longueville, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Haddocks End Perranporth, Cornwall
Harbour Lights Falmouth, Cornwall
Harpers Fish & Chips Staxton, North Yorkshire
Harpers of Wetwang Wetwang, Yorkshire
Hill Top Village Fisheries Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire
Hodgsons Lancaster, Lancashire
Hollywood Fish Bar Birmingham, West Midlands
Johnny Mac's Plaice Brightlingsea, Essex
Merchants Bewdley, Worcestershire
Northowram Fisheries Northowram, West Yorkshire
Oh My Cod Tipton, West Midlands
Olley’s Fish Experience Herne Hill, London
Ossies Fish Bar Faversham, Kent
Ossies Fish Bar Sittingbourne, Kent
Pisces Fish Bar & Restaurant Birmingham, West Midlands
Pit-Stop Fast Food Newry, Northern Ireland
Pride Of Bridlington Bridlington, North Yorkshire
Quayside Whitby, North Yorkshire
Richardson’s Fish Bar Fleetwood, Lancashire
Salt And Vinegar Ferndown, Dorset
Silver Sea Duston, Northamptonshire
Simpsons Fish & Chips Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Taylors Traditional Fish & Chips Tonypandy, Glamorgan
The Bay Fish & Chips Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Big Blue Warrington, Cheshire
The Bridge Fish & Chips Alloa, Clackmannanshire
The Chip Company Lisburn Road Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Fish Bar Crewe, Cheshire
The Fryery Cardiff, Wales
The Village Fish & Chips Petts Wood, Kent
Tommy’s Fish And Chips Ballykelly, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
W J Rowe Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Wellies Fish And Chips Grantham, Lincolnshire
Younger’s Fish Bar Birchgrove, Cardiff
The competition centred around a mystery visit, in which every shop was judged on key aspects that make fish and chips great – such as quality of food, atmosphere and customer service.
With only 50 spaces at the top, competition was fierce and, as a result, the bar was set extremely high with the cut-off point for making the 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops being an incredible 96%.
The 50 Best makes for interesting reading, containing a mix of big name shops as well as smaller, lesser-known businesses. What’s more, the winning takeaways are spread quite evenly across the UK, showcasing not just the wide appeal of fish and chips, but also the excellent standards of shops throughout the UK.
Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “It’s a huge honour to announce the 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops of 2013. To make the list, shops had to be near on perfect – and in some cases they were with nine shops scoring 100%.
“It’s testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teams behind the range who are driving up standards in our industry and helping fish and chips retain its title as the UK’s number one takeaway.”
Every shop that entered this year, regardless of whether they made the list, receive a copy of their mystery dining scorecard, providing a valuable tool to move forward and make improvements in their business.
This year’s competition was sponsored by Middletons, T.Quality, Goldensheaf, Henry Jones, Dinaclss and Gardiff.
Reece adds: “The competition has created a real buzz in the industry with comments coming back from shops stating it is a much-needed and welcome addition to the competition calendar. As a result, we have already opened the competition for 2014 and we hope to build on the success of this year’s with a benchmark of 500 shops set to enter.”
Click here to enter your shop into our 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops Competition 2014. Entry is free and it’s a simple, one-step form.