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

Published: April 9, 2021
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10 Scottish chippies made it into the UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways of the year awards.

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 and their Covid safe practices.

Speaking of this year's awards, Reece Head, competition organiser, said: “Without doubt, the last 12 months have been tough for fish and chip operators and many will not have dealt with this level of crisis management before.

“Many takeaways had to flip their businesses to click and collect and delivery, serve at the door, introduce card payments and work in much smaller teams.

“During a time of uncertainty, these operators have helped maintain a sense of normality. They’ve been at the heart of their communities, with a smile on their faces and hot food in their hands. And the fact that we’ve had our highest pass mark ever is testament to their hard work and dedication, and we would like to congratulate each and every one.”

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

Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld

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

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.

Sea Salt + Sole, Dyce

Sea Salt + Sole is a is a family owned takeaway that's known for its freshly sourced fish and double-cooked chips.

Located close to Dyce railway station, the chippy ideally placed for visitors.

McLeod's Fish and Chips, Inverness

This Inverness chippy was named the Best Fish and Chips in Scotland at the 2020 Business Awards in Glasgow.

Posting on their social media about this latest award, the team said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been named in the Top 50 UK Fish and Chip Shops in the industry’s Frymagazine.com We are so proud of all the staff involved who have worked through some very challenging times the past 12 months."

The Cafe Royal, Annan

Picture: Cafe Royal Facebook

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.

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Posting about the award on their social media, the team said: "UK TOP 50! The only Fish and Chip Shop in Dumfries and Galloway to make it to the Top 50!Independently assessed by a Professional Mystery Shopper on over 40 separate Points. A huge thank you to our wonderful team. Thanks also so our wonderful customers for your continued support."

The Fish Works, Largs

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.

East Coast, Musselburgh

Picture: East Coast

East Coast scored an impressive 97 per cent with the mystery diner particularly praising the freshness and crispness of the batter and the flakiness of North East Atlantic haddock, as well as the environmentally friendly packaging, the smart and professional staff, and covid safe measures.

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.

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The Plaice to Be, Kilmarnock

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.

Posting on their Facebook, the team wrote: "We are again officially in the UK TOP 50 FISH AND CHIP TAKEAWAYS FOR 2021.

"We had a mystery shopper come to try our fish and chips and it was based on service, cleanliness , adaptation to Covid and Of course our quality of fish and chips!

"We scored an overall 98%. Maintaining our quality, using the best product, perfecting oil management, batter and continuously trying to look to the future by developing our skills and and products by monitoring industry trends and changing markets."

Tony’s, Coatbridge

Not only was Tony's named in the top 50, Tony's On The Go van was also named in the top 10 best mobile fish and chip units in the UK.

Valerio’s Fish And Chips, Lanark

This chippy, which dates back to the early 1930s, is close to Lanark Loch.

The menu has traditional dishes such as haddock and chips as well as freshly cooked seafood.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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