9 Scottish fish and chip shops named as best in the UK in national awards

The UK's best fish and chip takeaways and restaurants for 2022/2023 have been announced and nine are in Scotland.

Published 23rd Mar 2023
Updated 23 rd Mar 2023

A range of Scottish fish and chip shops have been named in the top 50 takeaways and top 10 restaurants in the UK.

Organised and awarded by Fry magazine, the list is decided by mystery visits to the takeaways and restaurants, who scrutinise a host of aspects including the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the premises, staff knowledge, value for money, ease of ordering and social media presence.

Chippies can achieve 100 per cent if they score top marks on every section, but have to achieve at least 95 per cent or over for takeaways and 92 per cent to win an award.

Comments from judges included excellent service, food packaging, good value portions, staff were clean, tidy and presentable and service with a smile.

This is the 11th year the awards have been held and each year the judging criteria reflects the changing nature of the business. For example, this year marks were awarded to shops that have introduced an ordering app.

Within the awards top 50 takeaway fish and chip restaurants, six were in Scotland, with two Scottish chippies named in the top 10 restaurants.

The best Scottish fish and chip takeaways are:

  • Catch Netherlee in Glasgow
  • Dunkeld Fish Bar in Dunkeld
  • Fish and Chips on The Waterfront in Anstruther
  • Garioch Fish Bar in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
  • The Real Food Café in Tyndrum
  • Sea Salt +Sole, Dyce in Aberdeen

While the top restaurants in Scotland are

  • Catch, West End, Glasgow
  • Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld
  • Quayside Restaurant, West Quay, Gourdan, Aberdeenshire

Reece Head, competition organiser, said of this year's awards: “Once again we’ve had another year where it’s simply got harder to operate a fish and chip business, with rising energy, labour and ingredient costs taking a heavy toll.

“It’s not easy but operators are working harder and smarter, staying ahead of changing tastes and behaviours and adapting accordingly.

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“Although the profits might not be in fish and chips like they have in years gone by, the passion certainly is. And our awards are a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment these operators put into running successful businesses.

"We’re seeing shops introduce vegan and gluten free options to appeal to a wider customer base, install self-serve kiosks and develop online ordering apps to make serving easier, invest in new frying equipment to produce better quality fish and chips, and embrace social media to engage with and reach more customers.

“The businesses that make up our 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants represent the best in the industry.

"They are pushing forwards while not losing sight of what makes the chippy so engrained in British culture - high quality, value for money food with great customer service and inviting surroundings.”

All takeaways, restaurants and mobiles that entered receive their mystery dining reports, and a winner’s poster and plaque to proudly display in their shops.

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To find out more about the awards, and enter for 2023/23, visit the Fry Magazine website.

50 best fish and chip takeaways in the UK

Fish and chip shops (Photo: Shutterstock)
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  • Ainsworth's Fish & Chip Shop, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
  • Angells Fisheries, Newark, Nottingham
  • Auckley Friery, Auckley, Doncaster
  • Bredon Village Fish and Chip Shop, Bredon, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire
  • Burnham Fish and Chips, Burnham, Berkshire
  • Catch Netherlee, Glasgow
  • Chips @ No.8 Prestwich, Manchester
  • Churchill's Fish & Chips, Eastbourne
  • Codfella's, Greenwich Avenue, Ipswich
  • Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds
  • Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Perth
  • Ernie's Fish and Chips, Hoyland, South Yorkshire
  • Farnhams Fish and Chips, Brook, Llantwit Major
  • Fiddlers Elbow Fish & Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
  • Finney's @ Port Chippy, Amlwch Port, Anglesey
  • Finney's @ The Golden Fry, Benllech Anglesey
  • Fish and Chips on The Waterfront, Anstruther, Fife
  • Fish Kitchen 1854, Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly
  • French's Fish Shop, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  • Garioch Fish Bar, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
  • Greg & Lou's, Redruth, Cornwall
  • Harbour Fish and Chips, Felbridge, West Sussex
  • Hiks, Swansea
  • Hill Top Fisheries, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire
  • Hillycroft Fisheries, Morley, Leeds
  • Hooked on the Heath, Knutsford, Cheshire
  • Howe & Co Van 22, South Buckinghamshire
  • Kirbys of Horsforth, Horsforth, Leeds
  • Kirbys of Meanwood, Meanwood, Leeds
  • Land & Sea, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • Lily's @ Hornsea, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
  • Lighthouse Fisheries Of Flamborough, Flamborough, East Yorkshire,
  • Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent
  • Off The Hook Fish And Chips, Sale, Cheshire
  • Pennington Plaice, Leigh, Greater Manchester
  • Pisces, Fleetwood, Lancashire
  • Portside Fish & Chips, Harrogate Road, Leeds,
  • Scott's Plaice, Gosport, Hampshire
  • Sea Salt +Sole, Dyce, Aberdeen
  • Stones Fish & Chips, Acton, West London
  • Sykes Fish and Chips, Pendlebury, Swinton, Greater Manchester
  • The Bearded Sailor, Pudsey, Leeds
  • The Chippy Van, Penrith, Cumbria
  • The Fish at Goose Green, Goose Green, Wigan, Greater Manchester
  • The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire
  • The Friary, Carrickfergus, East Antrim
  • The Hook of Halstead, Halstead, Essex
  • The Lincolnshire Fryer, Lincolnshire
  • The Oyster Shell, Bath, Somerset
  • The Village Fish & Chips, Petts Wood, Kent
  • The Real Food Café, Tyndrum, Stirling
  • Yans Fish Bar, Heath, Cardiff

10 best fish and chip restaurants in the UK

  • Catch, West End, Glasgow
  • Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Perth
  • Fish City, Ann Street, Belfast
  • Fisherman's Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
  • Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Linfords Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire
  • Maltings Fish and Chips, Baldock, Hertfordshire
  • Mary Lambert, Hartlepool, County Durham
  • Plattens, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  • Quayside Restaurant, West Quay, Gourdan, Aberdeenshire
  • Seasmiths Fish and Chips, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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