Fry Awards name UK’s top fish & chip takeaways and restaurants

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The results are in for Fry Magazine’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants 2024, recognising those operators setting the gold standard in food quality, customer service and marketing.

The UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants follow months of mystery dining in which judges visited establishments unannounced, meticulously inspecting elements, including food quality, premises cleanliness, staff expertise, value for money, ease of ordering, and social media presence.

Shops can achieve 100% if they score top marks on every section of the mystery dining, but takeaways had to achieve at least 95.5% or over to win an award while restaurants needed a score of 95% or higher to claim their well-deserved accolade.

This is the 12th year the awards have taken place and judges are still impressed by the consistently high standards being set, with feedback such as “the cod was delicious”, “no improvement is necessary, the service was second to none and I felt valued” and “the best fish and chips I have had”. 

The winners in alphabetical order are:

50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways:

Ainsworth’s Fish & Chips, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Angells Fisheries, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Anstruther Fish Bar, Anstruther, Fife

Auckley Friery, Auckley, Doncaster

Batterfly Fish and Chips, Surbiton, South West London

Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, Dorset

Catch, Ashford, Kent

Chips @ No.8, Prestwich, Manchester

Churchill’s Fish & Chips, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Churchill’s Fish & Chips, Hove, East Sussex

Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire

Finney’s Benllech, Benllech, Anglesey

Fintans Fish & Chip Co, Llanishen, Cardiff

Fraser’s Fish & Chips, Penzance, Cornwall

French’s Fish Shop, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk

Garioch Fish Bar, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Greg & Lou’s, Redruth, Cornwall 

Henleys Of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex

Hikary’s Fish Bar, Neath, Neath Port Talbot

Hilltop Village Fisheries, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield

Jolly Fryer, Filton. Bristol

Kirbys Of Horsforth, Horsforth, Leeds

Krispies, Exmouth, Devon

Land & Sea, Sowerby, North Yorkshire 

Maltings Fish And Chips, Baldock, Hertfordshire

Mike’s Famous Fish And Chips, Blackburn, Aberdeenshire

Moore’s Fish & Chips, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent

Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Tag

Pier Point Fish & Chips, Torquay, Devon

Portside Fish & Chips, Kirkstall, Leeds

Redcloak Fish Bar, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Sandgate Chippie, Penrith, Cumbria

Sandy’s, Folkestone, Kent 

Seafront Chippy, Hornsea, East Yorkshire, 

Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria

Shappy Wheels, Penrith, Cumbria

Shaw’s Fish And Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley

Sykes Fish And Chips, Pendlebury, Greater Manchester

The Bearded Sailor, Pudsey, Leeds

The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway

The Chippie Van, Penrith, Cumbria

The Fish At Goose Green, Goose Green, Wigan, Greater Manchester

The Fish Works, Largs, Ayrshire 

The Little Chippy, Tyldesley, Manchester

The Oyster Shell, Bath, Somerset

The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum, Stirling

The Wee Chippy, Anstruther, Fife

The Village Chippy, Petts Wood, South East London

Westend Fish And Chips, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

Yan’s Fish Bar, Cardiff 

10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants:

Fish City, Belfast

Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall

Lakeside Fish and Chips, Poole, Dorset

Linford’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire 

The Magpie Cafe, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Maltings Fish And Chips, Baldock, Hertfordshire

Pier Point Fish & Chips, Torquay, Devon

The Wee Chippy, Anstruther, Fife

Trenchers Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne

Trenchers, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Reece Head, competition organiser, says: “It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants winners.  

“Despite the formidable challenges posed by inflationary pressures that have affected every aspect of the industry, these remarkable establishments continue to deliver top quality fish and chips using the finest ingredients. Their dedication extends beyond the plate, as they invest in cutting-edge equipment to facilitate seamless and swift transactions, coupled with rigorous training in customer service. Uncompromising in their standards, they are truly the best in the business and deserve their recognition.”

All takeaways, restaurants and mobiles that entered receive their mystery dining report while winners also receive a poster and a plaque to proudly display in their shops.

We would like to thank this year’s competition sponsors Frymax, Seafood from Norway, Pukka, KFE, The NFFF, 555 Amanda Roe, Central Foods, BD Signs & BDigital, Friars Pride, VA Whitley, Henry Colbecks, Superior Frying Fat, Kerry and Drywite.

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