After four months of mystery dining, Fry Magazine’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways 2017 have been announced.
The takeaways made the list after an independent company sent mystery diners to all those shops that entered the competition and assessed a range of front-of-house aspects from staff friendliness, cleanliness of the takeaway to product knowledge. Points were also awarded for the quality of the food with everything being critiqued from the crispness of the batter, to the texture of chips, to the flakiness of the fish.
With takeaways picking up additional points for details such as clean and tidy uniforms, the availability of a specials board, and cooking to order, the benchmark was set extremely high with the top 50 scoring 95% or over in their mystery dine.
In alphabetical order, the 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways 2017 are:
Al's Plaice, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Angel Lane Chippie, Penrith, Cumbria
Bishopston Fish Bar, Horfield, Bristol
Bizzie Lizzie's, Swadford Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Brockfield Fisheries, Huntington, York
Catch, Ashford, Kent
Church Street Fish Bar, Abertillery, Gwent
Coopers Fish Bar, Coventry, Warwickshire
Cromars, St.Andrews, Fife
Crosskeys Fish Bar, Crosskeys, Newport
Fairfield Plaice, Buxton, Derbyshire
Fishtastic, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Morayshire
Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria
Harpers, Wetwang, East Yorkshire
Harry's Fish ’n’ Chips, Chingford, London
Henleys of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Jack Fullers, Billingshurst, West Sussex
Lakeside Takeaway, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth, North Shields
Middleton in Teesdale Fish and Chip Shop, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham
Merchant Chippie, Glasgow
Minnie Bertha’s, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex
My Plaice Fish & Chips, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Nick The Fish, Poole, Dorset
Norton Fisheries, Norton, Stourbridge
Old Time Fisheries, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Oysters Fish and Chip Lightwater, Lightwater, Surrey
Peel Park Fisheries, Bradford
Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Pete’s Pan, Billesley, Birmingham
Plattens Fish and Chips, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Pride of Bridlington, Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Quays Fish & Chip Shop, Lancaster, Lancashire
Robinsons Fish & Chips, Poole, Dorset
Scott's Plaice, Gosport, Portsmouth
Shaws Fish & Chips, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Shillingfords, Neath, Port Talbot
Smiths Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Taylor’s Fish & Chips, PenygraigTonypandy, Mid Glamorgan
The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Big Fish, High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Blue Fin, Brighouse, York
The Bridge Sauchie, Sauchie, Clackmannan
The Carron Fish Bar, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Codfather, Botley Road, Southampton
The Cod’s Scallops, Wollaton, Nottingham
The Crispy Cod, Tonyrefail, Glamorgan
The Elite Fish & Chip Company, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
The Golden Anchor, Mitcham, Surrey
The Jolly Fryer, Rugeley, Staffordshire
The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
The Posh Fish & Chip Co, Llandaff, Cardiff
The Scrap Box, Dunnington, York
The Silver Hake, Birmingham
Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford
Utley Fisheries, Utley, West Yorkshire
Winyates Chippy, Redditch, Worcestershire
Wellies Fish & Chips, Grantham, Lincolnshire
This is the fifth year Fry Magazine
has run the competition and Fairfield Place in Buxton, Derbyshire, is the only shop to have retained its place on the list every year since the competition began.
With a number of shops tying on the 95% cut-off point, over 50 takeaways made the prestigious list, of which more than half were new entrants to the list for 2017.
While all successful chippies receive a certificate to display in their shop and an A2 window poster detailing their achievement, every entrant is sent a copy of their mystery dining sheet, providing valuable feedback and a chance for operators to improve their business.
Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “We would like to congratulate all those shops that made our Top 50 Fish & Chip Takeaways 2017. The pass mark was once again set very high at 95% and to achieve that takes a lot of dedication and hard work from everyone involved, from the owner to the manager, to the frier and the counter staff. It really is a team effort.
“Running a fish and chip shop gets harder every year with so much going on behind the scenes, so to serve up excellent quality food with a matching level of service and atmosphere day-in day-out deserves to be recognised.
“All the shops that made the 50 Best have proved they go the extra mile to give their customers the best possible experience, whether that’s detailing the boat that catches the day’s fish, running weekly specials, or simply taking time out to ask customers how their day has been. This is what puts these chippies ahead and keeps customers coming back time and time again.”
This year’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways is sponsored by Friars Pride, Frymax, Goldensheaf, Henry Colbeck, KFE, Middleton Foods, Nortech Superior, VA Whitley and Brakes Fast Food.
Shops are now being encouraged to take to Twitter (#50Best) and Facebook to spread the news as well as contact their local media and revel in the publicity that their win brings!
All mystery visits were carried out by Shopper Anonymous
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