Where’s the perfect plaice (sorry!) according to the National Fish & Chips Awards?
Public service announcement: Britain has a new fish ‘n’ chip shop of the year – but it’s rather far-flung.
The modest joint, which just so happens to be the most notherly fish and chip shop in Britain and came in at number 2 in 2014, battered (sorry, again) the competition.
Praised for its efforts in sourcing and promoting sustainable fish (they also picked up the "Good Catch" award), its owner, Valerie Johnson, called the gong “the highlight of my working life.”
So, where else should you be going for that Friday night ritual? Here's a regional breakdown. Drum roll please:
2nd place (national): Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
3rd place (national): Papa’s Barn, Ditton, Kent
Best newcomer: Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria
Independent fish and chip restaurant of the year: Burton Road Chippy, Lincolnshire
Best chippy in Wales: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Aberdare, Rhondda Cyon Taf
Best chippy in Northern Ireland: FishCity, Ballynahinch, Co. Down
Best chippy in North East England: Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire
Best chippy in North West England: Papa’s Fish & Chips, Warrington, Cheshire
Best chippy in the Midlands: Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Best chippy in Eastern England: Burton Road Chippy, Lincolnshire
Best chippy in London & South East England: Papa’s Barn, Ditton, Kent
Best chippy in Central and South England: Broughton Fish & Chips, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Best chippy in South & West England: Habourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon