Both London and Lancashire claim to be the first to invent this famous meal.
The first ‘chippy’ in the North of England is thought to have opened in Mossely, near Oldham- Lancashire in 1863. Mr Lees- The Proprietor begun selling fish and chips from a wooden hut in the market, and later moved the business to a permanent shop across the road complete with a sign in the window, “This is the first fish and chip shop in the world”.
However in London, it is said that Joseph Malin a Jewish imigrant opened a fish and chip shop in Cleveland Street within the sound of Bow Bells three years earlier in 1860.
The story of the humble chip goes back to the 17th Century to either Belgium or France, depending who you believe explains James Alexander from BBC News:
“Oddly enough, the chip may have been invented as a substitute for fish, rather than an accompaniment. When the rivers froze over and nothing could be caught, resourceful housewives began cutting potatoes into fishy shapes and frying them as an alternative.”
“Around the same time, fried fish was introduced into Britain by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain.”
‘The fish was usually sold by street sellers from large trays hung round their necks. Charles Dickens refers to an early fish shop or “fried fish warehouse” in Oliver Twist (1839) where the fish generally came with bread or baked potatoes.”
Today there are over 11.000 Fish & Chip shops in the UK, dramatically out numbering other fast food outlets such as McDonald’s with only 1,200 outlets, and Kentucky Fried Chicken with only 840. A staggering, 3.7 million portions of fish and chips eaten in the UK each week – that’s an amazing 190.5 million portions a year.
Now in their 30th year, the National Fish & Chip Awards recognise and reward businesses producing the best fish and chips across the UK- who deliver food and service that’s a cut above the rest.
Fish and chip businesses are appraised and judged on a wide variety of criteria ranging from sustainable sourcing practices, customer service, hygiene and staff training. to most importantly, the quality of their fish and chips!
Learn More about the National Fish & Chip Awards, and the process behind finding the UK’s No 1 Fish & Chip Shop
Best UK Fish & Chip Shops 2018
• Millers Fish & Chips, Haxby, North Yorkshire (North East England)
North Yorkshire scooped the ultimate title of Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2018 which went to Millers Fish & Chips – a 4th generation family run fish & chip shop located in Haxby, York. Owned and managed by David & Nick Miller.
“This award really does mean everything to us, and we’re so proud of ourselves, the Miller’s team and our customers for helping us achieve the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award.”
“We truly believe in making fish and chips accessible for everyone. That’s why we make sure we’re catering for allergen-free diets, halal and vegetarian lifestyles.As a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history, we bring the tradition of great British fish and chips and fuse it with a new, innovative approach and we hope that this award brings new faces to our local community in Haxby to experience our delicious, traditional fish and chips.”
• Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Eastern England)
• Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon (South & West England)
Top 10 Fish & Chip Shops by Region 2018
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips 1-3 Union Street St Andrews Fife
Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips – 36 High Street Hirwaun Rhonda Cynon Taff
The Dolphin Takeaway – 19 Georges Street Dungannon County Tyrone
North East England
Millers Fish & Chips – 55 The Village Haxby York North Yorkshire
North West England
Fylde Fish Bar- 117 Fylde Road Marshside, Southport, Merseyside
The Golden Carp Chippy– Unit 8 Matchborough Centre Redditch Worcestershire
Burton Road Chippy– 69 Burton Road Lincoln Lincolnshire
London & South East England
Henley’s of Wivenhoe– 9 Vine Parade Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
Central & Southern England
Captain’s Fish and Chips– 60 High Street Hoddesdon Hertfordshire
South & West England
Harbourside Fish & Chips- 35 Southside Street The Barbican Plymouth Devon