The Fry Awards has announced the best fish and chip takeaways across the UK and some are right here in the North West.
For the past three months, people with arguably the best job in the world have secretly dined at each outlet in the running.
They’re assessing 40 aspects of the business, including everything from the quality of fish and chips and staff presentation to front-of-house hygiene and customer service.
The food remains the main focus, including ratings of the flakiness of the fish, crispiness of chips, crunch of batter and value for money.
The takeaways tested needed to hit a 96% pass rate of the assessed factors, much higher than any previous years so you know they’ll all be incredible chippies.
Reece Head, competition organiser, comments: “Announcing our award winners couldn’t come at a better time. The industry is going through a stage of uncertainty with coronavirus impacting the lives and incomes of thousands of shops and owners.
“This is just the news we need to lift the industry so that those that are still trading can tell their customers immediately, while those that are closed have something exciting to shout about when their doors open again.
“Our award winners are all at the top of their game and are moving with the times, embracing technology such as contactless payments, online ordering, and click and collect and delivery while still ensuring the food they are serving is top quality and the customer service is second to none.”
And the Greater Manchester borough that has managed to bag itself one of the top spots might be good at pies, but it turns out it’s also really good at fish and chips too…
Coming in the 50 Best Fish and Chip Takeaways is The Fish at Goose Green, on Clapgate Lane in Wigan!
It’s well loved by fans with a solid 4.8 out of 5 rating on Facebook and plenty of supportive customers.
One customer wrote ‘without a doubt best chippy in Wigan’ five weeks ago, and it turns out they’re not wrong!
There are a few other North West chippies topping the list too, including The Codfather on Manchester Road in Northwich, The Fish Bar in Crewe, and Fylde Fish Bar in Southport.
See the full list below:
- Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire
- Bishopston Fish Bar, Horfield, Bristol
- Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, West Dorset
- Captain’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Harrow, London
- Chish and Fips, Norwich, Norfolk
- East Coast, Musselburgh, East Lothian
- Drakes, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon
- Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
- Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire
- Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset
- Fishtastic, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
- Fochabers, Fochabers, Moray
- Frydales of Syston, Syston, Leicester
- Frydays of Kendal, Kendal , Cumbria
- Fylde Fish Bar, Marshside, Southport, Lancashire
- Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan
- Hill Top Village Fisheries, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
- Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax, West Yorkshire
- Hooked@31, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
- Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire
- Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
- Middleton In Teesdale Fish & Chip Shop, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
- Mister C’s, Fulford, North Yorkshire
- Mister C’s, Selby, North Yorkshire,
- My Plaice Fish & Chips, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk
- Oysters Fish & Chips, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
- Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Plattens Fish and Chips, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk
- Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria
- Proper Fish & Chip Co, Exmouth, Devon
- Redcloak Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
- Robinson’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
- Sandgate Friery, Penrith, Cumbria
- Scott’s Plaice, Gosport, Hampshire
- Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
- The Chip Club, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London
- The Codfather, Manchester Road, Cheshire
- The Cod’s Scallops, Bramcote Lane, Nottingham
- The Esk Cafe , Carlisle, Cumbria
- The Fish at Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire
- The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire
- The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire
- The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
- The Magpie Café, Whitby, North Yorkshire
- The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock, Troon, South Ayrshire
- The Real Food Café, Tyndrum, Perthshire
- Topcatch Fish and Chips, Southampton, Hampshire
- Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford, West Yorkshire
- Valerios Fish and Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire
- Wetherby Whaler, Wetherby, West Yorkshire
- Wollaston Fish Bar, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands
You can now get paid £200 to eat Greggs Festive Bakes
Pretty much everyone loves Greggs Festive Bakes so this will come as amazing news to us all.
MoneyBeach.co.uk is hiring a Festive Food Tester to discover exactly what the best limited-edition Christmas food is.
So if you love all things turkey and cranberry – this is the perfect job for you.
Along with Greggs Festive Bake, you’ll also get to taste McDonald’s Celebrations McFlurry and M&S’s latest (and weird) addition to their festive lineup, the Santa’s Yum Nut.
You’ll get all the festive treats delivered right to your door and review them based on taste, value for money and festiveness.
The successful applicant will be provided with £75 to order a range of Yuletide yumminess from places like Greggs, KFC, Costa Coffee and McDonalds.
And the job is all remote which is great news for the Manchester applicants as we head into tier 3 next week.
Once all the information has been collated, MoneyBeach.co.uk will officially crown the best festive food in the UK.
Mike Rees, CEO of MoneyBeach.co.uk, comments: “As a specialist website for restaurant and takeaway insurance, we keep a keen eye on takeaway trends in the UK.
“This year is the first year that many limited-edition Christmas menus have been available for delivery at home, and it prompted us to wonder if we could find out once and for all which festive food is officially the best.
“We’ll be looking for someone who loves Christmas as much as they love takeaways, as it’s really important for us to know how much festive joy each dish or snack brings.”
Applications are open now and you have to be over 18 to apply.
Asda is now selling ‘Nutella’ flavoured KitKats and they’re the ultimate snack
Take my money!
Sounds like taking a break just got a hell of a lot more delicious.
Nestle, the brand behind KitKat, have now combined the popular chocolate biscuit with hazelnut spread to create the ultimate choccy biccy.
It’s not actually Nutella, but instead, a chocolate hazelnut spread that tastes just like it.
Kevssnackreviews posted the news over on Instagram, just a month after the recent launch of KitKat honeycomb flavour.
The bars consist of chocolate covered wafer biscuit fingers with a good layer of chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle too!
Amy Bennett-Inge, assistant brand manager for KitKat, said: “We’ve experienced huge demand for our two-finger KitKats this year and we know that fans love to try new flavours from the brand.
“We think our honeycomb and chocolate hazelnut spread varieties really hit the spot, and we’re sure they’ll become popular new additions to the range.”
The KitKat bars are now available at Asda in packs of nine and will set you back £1.50.
Lindt is now doing Candy Cane Lindor Truffles and they’re the perfect Christmas treat
These look amazing.
Lindt is combining its succulent white chocolate Lindor range with Candy Cane truffles for the perfect festive treat.
The indulgent treats are a brand new flavour for the UK and are absolutely perfect for Christmas.
Combining deliciously smooth white Lindt chocolate with peppermint candy cane pieces and an oozy truffle centre.
Kevssnackreviews shared the new flavour on Instagram with the caption: “There’s crunchy candy cane pieces in the shell atop the classic smooth filling, it’s nicely minty but the white chocolate tempers the flavour so it’s not too overpowering.
“The chocolate melts in the mouth nicely leaving little crunchy candy cane pieces.”
The treats are available for £5.99 on GBGifts.co.uk but boxes are already selling fast so you’ll have to be quick!
You can also get the truffles on Amazon but they come with a heftier price tag of £22.99, as the truffles come from America.
In other white chocolate news, you can now buy a white choc flavoured liqueur from Aldi that tastes just like a boozy Milkybar.
The boozy treat, described as ‘a light yet luxurious cream liqueur with the classic flavour of cocoa butter and cream’, is part of their festive range and will set you back £6.99.