These are the 10 best Scottish chippies as voted for in UK's 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways of the year awards 2021/22

10 Scottish chippies made it into the UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways of the year awards for 2021/22.

Published 9th Mar 2022
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

After an extensive search by trade publication Fry Magazine, chippies serving up the finest fish suppers are named in a UK-wide top 50 as part of their annual awards.

To make the 50 Best, the fish and chip shops had to impress a mystery diner who visited unannounced and marked the chippy on over 40 aspects of their business, from the quality of the food and customer service to their social media presence.

With 100 marks up for grabs, the standard was extremely high, with the benchmark being 96% or over for takeaways to win an award and 95% or over for restaurants.

Speaking of this year's awards, Reece Head, competition organiser, said: “We’re so pleased to announce this year’s winners.

"The awards recognise and celebrate the hard work, passion and dedication that these operators put into running their businesses.

“It’s been a tough couple of years for the industry, in particular for restaurants that have had to deal with closures, but operators continued to adapt, motivate their workforce and invest in new equipment and systems that have seen them come out the other side stronger and in a better position.

“Our 50 Best Takeaway and 10 Best Restaurant winners really do represent the best in the business and they continue to showcase fish and chips as a high quality, value for money meal.”

All takeaways and restaurants that entered will receive their mystery dining report, a winner’s poster and plaque to display in their shop.

The Fry Awards 2022/23 will open for entry in the coming weeks.

Here are the 10 Scottish chippies named in this year's awards

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East Coast, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Just a short walk from Fisherrow Harbour and Musselburgh beach, East Coast is the ideal foodie venue for families to enjoy award-winning Scottish fish and seafood in the fresh sea air. 

The upmarket East Coast takeaway also runs specials such as East Coast lobster with garlic butter and twice cooked chips, prawn loaded fries and monkfish scampi. They offer a kids menu and gluten free options are also available.

Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Perthshire

Picture: Dunkeld Fish bar

This popular fish and chip shop is well known in the Perthshire town and a spot for locals and tourists to visit.

As well as traditional fish and chips, the fish bar also sells pizzas and ice cream and slushies in the warmer weather.

Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray

Picture: Fochabers Fish Bar

Named  the best fish and chip shop in Scotland in the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, this family-run fish bar is popular with locals and tourists that visit the Moray town.

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Garioch Fish Bar, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Picture: Garioch Fish Bar

This Aberdeenshire chippy prides itself on using only local produce and has a menu full of classic dishes.

Lows Traditional Fish & Chips, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Picture: Low's Facebook

Lows is a multiple-award winning fish and chip shop in Aberdeen.

Customer reviews include mentions of good quality and excellent for gluten free.

Moore's Fish & Chips, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

This family run business has been established for over 35 years and has won multiple awards.

Moore's has a classic menu and uses high quality, local produce.

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The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway

Picture: Cafe Royal

This family run fish and chip shop was established about 50 years ago and was the only Dumfries takeaway named in this year's awards, for the second year.

The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

Picture: The Fish Works

Owned and run by wife and husband team Tiffany and Ross Irvin, this award-winning fish and chip shop offers fresh quality Scottish seafood, which can be enjoyed whole overlooking the Firth of Clyde.

The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

Picture: The Plaice To Be

This Ayrshire chippy has won awards over the past few years including in last year's Fry magazine awards - making it a must-visit for fish and chips for those in the area.

Catch Fish and Chips West End, Glasgow

Picture: Catch Fish and Chips

This chippy was named in the top 10 UK fish and chip restaurant and is the only Scottish one listed.

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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