Best fish and chip shops in the UK: 2023 awards shortlist in full, including takeaway of the year

The top chippies across the country will be crowned at an awards ceremony in February

The UK’s best fish and chip shops have been shortlisted ahead of this year’s national awards will be in London.

The awards have been running for more than 30 years and this year it is being hosted by comedian Jason Mansford at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel. It is the first year the awards are also being hosted by the National Federation of Fish Frier.

The top chippies across the country will vie for the top prize in 10 awards, including best newcomer, best takeaway and best restaurant, with the winners to be crowned in a ceremony on Tuesday 28 February.

The NFFF’s president Andrew Crook told The Mirror: "We are really excited for the return of the National Fish and Chip Awards after we became the custodians of this prestigious event.

"With so many challenges currently for these small independent businesses it is fantastic to be able to highlight the great work the industry does, serving great value meals, providing quality employment and minimising the impact on the environment."

He added: "Running a small business can feel that you are alone and often it feels that we don’t feature in government’s plans for economic recovery but the calibre of these finalists show that we have a professional sector that is ready to play its part and with the right support to enable growth we can continue to play our vital role working within out local communities."

So which chippies are in the running? Listed is the shortlist for the best fish and chip shops in each of the 10 categories.

Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year

  • Fishermans Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
  • Fish Kitchen, Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly
  • Whiteheads Fish and Chips, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
  • Shipdeck, Trethomas, Caerphilly
  • The Bearded Sailor, Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • The Fish Bank, Elemet, West Yorkshire
  • Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Westhill, Aberdeenshire
  • The Oyster Shell, Bath, Somerset
  • Auckley Friery, Auckley, Doncaster
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

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Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year

  • The Cods Scallops, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire
  • Eric’s Fish and Chips, Thornham, Norfolk
  • Fish City, Belfast, Antrim
  • Henry’s of Hunstanton, Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • Malt and Anchor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Best Newcomer

  • Haughton Fish & Chips, Haughton, Staffordshire
  • Lighthouse Fisheries Of Flamborough, Flamborough, East Yorkshire
  • Hendo’s Fish & Chips, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Field to Frier

  • Pier Point Fish & Chips, Torquay, Devon
  • Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
  • The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum, Stirling

Mobile Operator

  • Pimp My Fish, Burwell, Cambridgeshire
  • The Hungry Plaice, Holbeach, Lincs
  • The Chippie Van, Penrith, Cumbria
  • Jojo’s Fish & Chips, Stafford, Staffordshire
  • Country Fried, Langho, Lancashire

Staff training and development

  • Jacksons Fish and Chips, Newton Abbot, Devon
  • Stones Fish and Chips, Acton, Ealing
  • The Chesterford Group, Bishops Stortford, Herts

Multiple operator

  • The Chesterford Group, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Harlees Fish & Chips, Wimborne, Dorset
  • Bells Fish & Chips, Framwellgate Moor, Durham

Quality Accreditation Champion

  • Henleys of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
  • Ipswich Codfellas Group by Ozzie Bozdag, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

Environment and Sustainability Champion

  • Fish City, Belfast, Antrim
  • Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

Supplier of the year

  • Dennis Crooks
  • Isle of Ely
  • KFE Ltd
  • Ceres
  • Henry Colbecks