The National Fish and Chip Awards have announced their grand winner – and it’s the family-run Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, North Yorkshire that took the top spot.
Each year chippies battle it out from a pool of 10 regional winners for the top prize, and after much deliberation from the judges it was the family-run fish-frying specialists who took the title.
The judges put the chippies through a rigorous, seven-month judging period, assessing the quality of the fish and chips, service and even how responsibly the shops source their produce and the diversity of their menu.
We’ve just become the UK’s No.1 fish & chip shop! Words cannot describe how we feel right now! We want to thank everyone who has supported us on our journey to the #fishnchipawards. We could not do what we do without our amazing team, family and community behind us! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jwN7EgqrIf— Millers Fish & Chips (@MillersHaxby) January 25, 2018
Commenting on their win, Nick Miller, who runs Millers Fish & Chips with his father David, said: "We brought it home for Haxby! I can’t believe we’re the UK’s best fish and chip shop – words can’t describe how this feels.
“We entered the competition for the first time last year, and were so proud to get to the final, but to go all the way this time and scoop the ‘Oscar’ of the fish and chip world is truly amazing.
“As a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history, we bring the tradition associated with great British fish and chips together with a new, innovative approach. This really does mean everything to us, and we’re so proud of our ourselves, our staff and our business.”
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Seafish, added: “Millers Fish & Chips demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise to be crowned the winner of our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive."
Feeling hungry after all this talk about fish and chips? Well, in case you aren’t lucky enough to live in Haxby – the home of this year’s winners – you might still be able to visit this year’s second place Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Eastern England) or third-placed Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon (South & West England).
Still looking for the best chippy on your doorstep? Here are the rest of the regional winners for 2018:
London and South East England - Henley's of Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe, Colchester
Central and Southern England - Captain's Fish and Chips, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
South and West England - Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon
Scotland - Cromars Classic Fish & Chips, St Andrews, Fife
Wales - Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Northern Ireland - The Dolphin Takeaway, Dungannon, County Tyrone
North East England - Millers Fish & Chips, Haxby, North Yorkshire
North West England - Fylde Fish Bar, Southport, Merseyside
Midlands - The Golden Carp Chippy, Redditch, Worcestershire
Eastern England - Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire