Best fish and chip shops in the UK announced

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Delicious homemade fish and chips with coleslaw and lemon garnish.

The shortlist for the National Fish & Chip Awards has been announced – but does your local favourite feature?

Fish and chips are considered one of the staple British meals – and few can deny the appeal of a crispy battered cod fillet, or a pile of hot chips doused in salt and vinegar.

It’s likely you’ll have firm opinions over where to get the best version of comfort grub too – perhaps you prefer one local to another based on superior portion sizes, or better tasting chips.

Maybe there’s a seaside spot you return back to every year because of its fresh fish.

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But your tastes might be influenced by the latest list of top UK chippies. Ahead of the annual National Fish & Chip Awards, a shortlist of 20 UK based spots has been compiled with the winner to be announced on 23 January 2020.

It’s compiled by Seafish, a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The first National Fish & Chip Award was awarded in 1988. Both fish & chip shops are eligible to enter.

Predictably, lots of seaside locations made it on the final shortlist, including Rockfish in Devon and Hooked@31 in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

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One London spot snuck in there too – with Belmont Bay Fish Bar in Harrow featuring.

Find out where else made the final cut.

The UK’s top 20 fish and chip shops

Belmont Bay Fish Bar, Harrow, London

Carron Fish Bar, Stonehaven, Grampian

Dolphin Takeaway, Duncannon, Country Tyrone

Fiddlers Elbow, Leintwardine, Herefordshire

Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset

Fish and Chips at Weston Grove, Chester, Cheshire

French’s Fish Shop, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Hiks, Swansea, West Glamorgan

Hook & Line, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Hooked@31, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Aberdeen, Grampian

Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Rockfish, Brixham, Devon

Seafare Guildford, Guildford, Surrey

Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria

The Bearded Sailor, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Chip Shed, Warwick, Warwickshire

The Cod’s Scallops, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

The Frying Squad, Bangor, County Down

Walnut Tree Traditional Fish and Chips, Milton Keynes, Hertfordshire