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UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops revealed

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.