Unwrapping a UK love affair with our world famous fish & chip shops

There’s loads of places in the UK to buy seafood – off the top of my head I can think of supermarket, fishmonger, street market, restaurant and online retailer, and I’m sure there are more!

We love fish and chips in the UK

Over 35% of us eat fish and chips more than once a month and with them being high in vitamins and minerals and lower in fat and calories than other takeaways, it’s no wonder that they’re our treat of choice. 

90% of us regularly buy fish and chips from a chippy, but the way we like to have it served varies dramatically depending on location in the UK! For example, if you’re in Birmingham then there’s a good chance you’ll be adding curry sauce, Geordies are the biggest fans of topping with ketchup, and Mancunians love gravy with their F&C! Unwrap some more fantastic facts about how different cities in the UK enjoy their fish and chips with our ‘How do you like yours?’ info.

The best of the best fish and chips shops can enter into the National Fish & Chip Awards – the Oscars of the fish and chip world!  The awards have been running for the last 28 years to recognise and reward the best in the country, and the entrants undergo a grueling judging process that includes an industry judging panel, an in-depth audit, and even mystery judges dropping by. The winners are crowned at an exclusive awards ceremony in London, which has been hosted in the past by famous foodies and top chefs such as Brian Turner, James Martin, Antony Worrall Thompson, Jilly Goolden, Simon Rimmer, Rory Bremner, Jay Rayner, Aldo Zilli, Richard Corrigan and Ainsley Harriot. Now who said fish and chips wasn’t fancy?

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About the UK National Fish and Chip Awards

Here’s a video of some of the entrants talking about how fantastic the National Fish and Chip Awards experience has been for them – warning, it might make you hungry!

If you’d like to know where your nearest award-winning fish and chip shop is, you can download the official app, an interactive ‘guide on the go’ to the very best performing UK fish and chip takeaways and restaurants:

Geographical tagging will give you the location of your nearest champion fish and chip shop, along with a potted history. You can also create a list of your favourite shops within the app so gourmet grub can be enjoyed time and time again. Give it a go and enjoy tucking in!