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Fry Magazine reveals its Best Fish & Chip Shops 2018

Fry Magazine
has revealed its Top 50 Fish and Chip Takeaways and its Top 10 Fish and Chip Restaurants for 2018 following months of mystery dining.

The competition, which is now in its sixth year, saw over 600 shops vying for a place on the list following an unannounced mystery dining visit to each takeaway and restaurant. Over 40 aspects of the business are carefully scrutinised from the quality of fish and chips and staff presentation to front-of-house hygiene and customer service.

Shops that communicate the provenance of their products, for example where they source their fish and potatoes, could scoop extra points as could those with a social media presence, who offer disabled access and those with card payment facilities.

All the while, the food is the main focus with all outlets assessed on the flakiness of the fish, the crispness of the chips and the crunch of the batter, alongside value for money.

The pass rate was once again set very high this year with 96% required to secure a place, although an impressive five outlets scored a perfect 100%.

The full list of 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways in alphabetical order is:

All-Ways Fryday, Poole, Dorset
Athena's Fish and Chips, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
Bizzie Lizzie’s Swaford Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Catch,  Ashford, Kent
Church Street Fish Bar Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent
Colmans of South Shields, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Coopers Fish Bar, Coventry
Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds
Daniels Fish and Chips, Littlemoor, Weymouth
David’s Fish & Chips, Brixham, Devon
Dornan’s Fish & Chips, Brixham, Devon
Dr Chippy’s, Colchester, Essex
Drakes Fish and Chips, Torquay, Devon
Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Perthshire
Fish and Chips@ Weston Grove, Upton, Chester, Cheshire
Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray, 
Fourways, Kirkliston, Edinburgh
Fraser's Fish & Chips, Penzance, Cornwall
Fylde Fish Bar, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside
Gino's Fryer, Largs, North Ayrshire
Golden Fry Fish Bar, Threemileston, Cornwall
Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon
Henleys of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
Henry’s Fish & Chips, Boston, Lincolnshire
Hikary’s Fish Bar, Neath, Neath Port Talbot
Hill Top Village Fisheries, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield
Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Hobsons, Bayswater, West London
Krispies, Exmouth, Devon
Lakeside Fish and Chips, Poole, Dorset
Land & Sea, Sowerby, Near Thirsk
Marsh House Fish and Chip Shop, Darwen, Lancashire
Merchant Chippie, High Street, Glasgow
Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire
Moore’s Fish & Chips Shop, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
Norton Fisheries, Norton, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Off the Hook, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Old Time Fisheries, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Olley's Fish Experience, Herne Hill, London
Pete’s Pan, Billesley, Birmingham
Platten’s Fish and Chips, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk
Posh Fish, Headington, Oxford
Robinsons Fish and Chips, Poole, Dorset
Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Billingham, County Durham
Sea & Spud, Petersfield, Hampshire
Shaw’s Fish and Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Shillingfords, Neath, Neath Port Talbot
The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire
The Cod Father, Northwich, Cheshire
The Cod’s Scallops, Wollaton, Nottingham
The Elite Fish & Chip Company, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire
The Golden Anchor, Mitcham, Surrey
The Jolly Fryer, Rugeley, Staffordshire
The Posh Fish & Chip Company, Cardiff
The Scrap Box, Dunnington, York
Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford
Wellies Fish & Chips, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Wollaston Fish Bar, Wollaston, Stourbridge, Dudley, West Midlands
Younger’s Fish Bar, Cardiff

The 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants in alphabetical order are:

Bizzie Lizzie’s High Street Car Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Colmans Seafood Temple, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Fylde Fish Bar, Marshside, Southport, Merseyside
Knights of Pontefract, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Papa's Fish and Chips, Bilton, Hull
Quayside, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Simpsons Fish and Chips, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Ashvale Fish Restaurant, Great Western Road, Aberdeen
The Big Chip Café, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancaster
The Elite Fish & Chip Company, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
The Trawler, Golspie, Sutherland, Dornoch
The Scallop Shell, Bath, Somerset
Wetherby Whaler, Guiseley, Leeds

All shops that entered the competition receive a copy of their mystery dining sheet, providing valuable feedback, while the Top 50 Takeaways and Top 10 Restaurants also receive a certificate and an A2 poster to display in their shop to promote their achievement.

Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “Once again we’ve got a fantastic list of fish and chip shops spanning the breadth of the UK who put their all into their business, their staff and their food.

“With margins getting tighter for fish and chip shop owners and more competition than ever before, it’s a tough business to be in these days, but these shops are going out there, investing in their business, motivating their staff, staying up-to-date with the latest food trends and embracing technology. But more importantly, they are giving their customers what they want - top quality food and great customer service in attractive, inviting surroundings. And that’s the key to a successful business and a successful future for fish and chips.

“Our mystery diners are the toughest customers of all to please so we’re delighted to say these shops all made the grade and we welcome them to our list of Top 50 Fish & Chip Takeaways and Top 10 Fish & Chips Restaurants.”

Fry Magazine would like to thank this year’s competition sponsors: Goldensheaf, Frymax, Friars Pride, VA Whitley, Middleton Foods, KFE, Nortech Foods, Brakes, Profry, Shoppers Anonymous and Kingfrost.

To enter your shop for the 2019 competiton, including a brand new category specifically for mobile fish and chip operators, visit our website by clicking here


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