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
Wetherspoons is slashing its prices for one day only next week
Good news for Spoons fans!
Wetherpoons has announced it will be slashing its prices for one day only next week.
The pub chain has revealed it will be cutting its food and drink prices by 7.5% next Thursday, September 24th.
As such, you can grab a beer and burger meal for the reduced price of £5.82, down from £6.29, and an 11-inch margarita pizza and Pepsi will only set you back £5.08, reduced from £5.49.
If you like your ale, you’ll be pleased to know you can get a pint of Ruddles for £1.10, down from £1.29, while Abbot Ale will be reduced to £1.84 a pint – they were £1.99 before.
Prices at different Spoons do vary from pub to pub, so you’re best off checking on the app.
They’re slashing prices as a way of highlighting the benefit of reduced VAT in the hospitality industry, as part of a wider campaign to lower the tax burden on pubs – known as Tax Equality Day.
On top of that, Spoons has already slashed prices by up to 28% on some items, following Rishi Sunak’s VAT holiday announcement back in July.
Tim Martin, the Spoons founder, said: “Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages they have with supermarkets.
“We are urging the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pub food and soft drinks permanent.
“It will make pubs, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants more competitive against supermarkets.”
Morrisons’ Christmas food range includes mini pies and sticky toffee dessert bowl
This looks so good!
It’s only September, but with all the recent festive news we’ve had it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas already.
Several supermarkets have already released their festive ranges, and now Morrisons has followed suit.
And their Christmas offering includes bite-size steak and ale and chicken and ham pies, so you know we’re onto a winner here.
You’ll be able to grab both flavours in a pack of 12 from November 12th, with each pack containing six of each of the varieties – so you can mix and match.
Sticking with meat, Morrisons will also be selling pork belly bites, little chunks of pork slow cooked and smothered in a barbecue rub, available from November 23rd in a 180g pack.
As for cheese, they’ll be doing a Wensleydale complete with salted caramel, which has been described as ‘crumbly cheese with ribbons of salted caramel’ – this is available from November 30th.
For those with a sweet tooth, you can grab a sticky toffee bowl dessert, which is essentially a sticky toffee version of a classic trifle.
It’s layered with a sticky toffee sauce, sponge, vanilla custard, and topped with whipped cream and golden balls, and will be available from December 9th.
There’s also star-shaped doughnuts, with each one sprinkled with icing sugar so it looks like they’re covered in snow. You can grab them from November 16th.
M&S selling light-up snow globe gin with glittery edible gold as part of its Christmas range
Take my money!
M&S has launched a limited-edition gin that will make the perfect sparkling gift this Christmas.
There are now less than 100 days left until Christmas, and with it being the only thing to look forward to this year, we may as well start getting festive.
M&S’ Christmas line is also now available in 70 stores across the UK, and there are 40 new must-have gifts that are perfect stocking fillers.
The new products include a ‘very important gin-nouncement’ that light-up snow globe gin liqueur is back on the shelves and customers are already going mad for.
One person wrote ‘The clementine one was lush!!! Can we have it all year round please’, and another added ‘f*ck me! Going first thing tomorrow’.
Other’s aren’t so keen that Christmas products are being advertised in ‘September’ which they say is ‘way too early’ to be talking about Christmas.
But we can ignore those people with our new light-up gin!
The LED light base can switch on to reveal a woodland scene on the bottle. Once shaken, the edible gold leaf flecks glimmer in the light to make it look exactly like a (boozy) snow globe.
Shoppers were obsessed with the clementine flavoured gin last year which was £3 cheaper than this year’s light-up version.
Product Developer, Jenny Rea says: “For me, the switching on of the Christmas lights is a huge festive moment, and in honour of this Yuletide tradition we are introducing a show-stopping, light-up snow globe gin liqueur, complete with edible gold leaf for that extra wow factor.”
M&S recommend pairing the liqueur with tonic for a long drink or for a straight and sparkling drink add the Limited Edition Gold Conte Priuli Oro Prosecco (£10).
The Clementine and Rhubarb Gin Liqueur LED Snow Globes are in stores now for £18.