Friars Pride are proud to be an Official Sponsor of Fry Magazine's 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways.
An independent company of mystery diners were sent to the takeaways that entered the competition and were assessed on a number of aspects including, staff friendliness, cleanliness and product knowledge.
Shops were then given points for the quality of their food. Judges were looking at the crispness of the batter, texture of chips, to the flakiness of the fish. Takeaways were given extra points for details such as clean and tidy uniforms, the availability of a specials board, and cooking to order.
The benchmark was set extremely high with the top 50 scoring 95% or over in their mystery dine.
Over 50 takeaways made the prestigious list, of which more than half were new entrants to the list for 2017.
While all successful chippies receive a certificate to display in their shop and an A2 window poster detailing their achievement, every entrant is sent a copy of their mystery dining sheet, providing valuable feedback and a chance for operators to improve their business.
Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “We would like to congratulate all those shops that made our Top 50 Fish & Chip Takeaways 2017. The pass mark was once again set very high at 95% and to achieve that takes a lot of dedication and hard work from everyone involved, from the owner to the manager, to the frier and the counter staff. It really is a team effort.
“Running a fish and chip shop gets harder every year with so much going on behind the scenes, so to serve up excellent quality food with a matching level of service and atmosphere day-in day-out deserves to be recognised.
“All the shops that made the 50 Best have proved they go the extra mile to give their customers the best possible experience, whether that’s detailing the boat that catches the day’s fish, running weekly specials, or simply taking time out to ask customers how their day has been. This is what puts these chippies ahead and keeps customers coming back time and time again.”
This year’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways is sponsored by Friars Pride, Frymax, Goldensheaf, Henry Colbeck, KFE, Middleton Foods, Nortech Superior, VA Whitley and Brakes Fast Food.
Shops are now being encouraged to take to Twitter (#50Best) and Facebook to spread the news as well as contact their local media and revel in the publicity that their win brings!
The full list of finalist alphabetical order is:
Al's Plaice, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Angel Lane Chippie, Penrith, Cumbria
Bishopston Fish Bar, Horfield, Bristol
Bizzie Lizzie's, Swadford Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Brockfield Fisheries, Huntington, York
Catch, Ashford, Kent
Church Street Fish Bar, Abertillery, Gwent
Coopers Fish Bar, Coventry, Warwickshire
Cromars, St.Andrews, Fife
Crosskeys Fish Bar, Crosskeys, Newport
Fairfield Plaice, Buxton, Derbyshire
Fishtastic, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Morayshire
Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria
Harpers, Wetwang, East Yorkshire
Harry's Fish ’n’ Chips, Chingford, London
Henleys of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Jack Fullers, Billingshurst, West Sussex
Lakeside Takeaway, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth, North Shields
Middleton in Teesdale Fish and Chip Shop, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham
Merchant Chippie, Glasgow
Minnie Bertha’s, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex
My Plaice Fish & Chips, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Nick The Fish, Poole, Dorset
Norton Fisheries, Norton, Stourbridge
Old Time Fisheries, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Oysters Fish and Chip Lightwater, Lightwater, Surrey
Peel Park Fisheries, Bradford
Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Pete’s Pan, Billesley, Birmingham
Plattens Fish and Chips, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Pride of Bridlington, Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Quays Fish & Chip Shop, Lancaster, Lancashire
Robinsons Fish & Chips, Poole, Dorset
Scott's Plaice, Gosport, Portsmouth
Shaws Fish & Chips, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Shillingfords, Neath, Port Talbot
Smiths Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Taylor’s Fish & Chips, PenygraigTonypandy, Mid Glamorgan
The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Blue Fin, Brighouse, York
The Bridge Sauchie, Sauchie, Clackmannan
The Carron Fish Bar, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
The Codfather, Botley Road, Southampton
The Cod’s Scallops, Wollaton, Nottingham
The Crispy Cod, Tonyrefail, Glamorgan
The Elite Fish & Chip Company, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
The Jolly Fryer, Rugeley, Staffordshire
The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
The Posh Fish & Chip Co, Llandaff, Cardiff
The Scrap Box, Dunnington, York
The Silver Hake, Birmingham
Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford
Utley Fisheries, Utley, West Yorkshire
Winyates Chippy, Redditch, Worcestershire
Wellies Fish & Chips, Grantham, Lincolnshire