Do you have a favourite chippie? Well Seafish had just named Miller's Fish & Chips in Haxby the best in Yorkshire

Miller’s Fish and Chips in Haxby was announced as the top fish and chip shop in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

Competing to be crowned Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, Miller’s Fish and Chips will now ‘fry’ for glory against Fish and Chips At 149 in Barnard Castle in the race to become North East England’s best fish and chip shop.

Hailing from every part of the country*, the contenders have had to fry at the top of their game as they faced rigorous judging to secure a top spot. To reach this stage they have been appraised by industry experts across a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes, and marketing and promotional activities. They also received mystery shopping assessments by industry experts to ascertain customer service levels and the quality of their fish and chips.

Over the coming weeks, shops will be subjected to further mystery shopping assessments and in-depth judging audits. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing the UK top 10 regional winners that will compete for the overall national title to be announced in January 2017 after a seven-month long judging process.

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive. Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including increased customer footfall and turnover and media fame; some have even launched their own branded products.

“Receiving this award is the pinnacle of many friers’ careers, but only one can take home the eventual overall national title. Before then, I would like to offer up my congratulations to the shortlisted businesses and wish them the best of luck as they battle for the regional titles.”


Frydayz Fish Bar in Catterick Garrison, North Beach Fish and Chips in Bridlington and Catch Seafood in Halifax have been named as three of the UK’s top 10 fledging fish and chip shops as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

They will now ‘fry’ for glory against fellow fish and chip contenders – in Enfield, Middlesex; Longsands Fish Kitchen in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear; Edwards Plaice in Hereford, Herefordshire; Stargazy Fish Bar in Tetbury, Gloucestershire; Quays Fish and Chips in Lancaster, Lancashire; The Mayfair Chippy in Mayfair, London and Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham, Norfolk – in the race to bag the overall Best Newcomer Award.

To get to this stage and secure a place in the coveted shortlist, businesses have been appraised across a variety of judging criteria including innovative approaches to running a new fish and chip shop, promotional activity undertaken and approaches to sustainable and responsible sourcing of fish and other ingredients.


Over the coming weeks, the shortlisted business will be subjected to mystery shopping assessments by industry experts, evaluating both product quality and customer service levels. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the top 10, forming the UK’s top 3 finalists that will go on to compete for the top accolade at the 2017 awards ceremony.

Culminating in an awards ceremony in London on 26 January 2017, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 13 different award categories.

About The Author

Catherine Scott is Associate Features Editor for Yorkshire Post Newspapers. A self-confessed foodie, she is also a judge of the Deliciousyorkshire/Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

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