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Fry Magazine reveals its Best Fish & Chip Shops 2018!

Article Date: 2018-03-02

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, visit our website by clicking here.
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