Chippies are all the same, aren’t they? It’s mostly batter anyway, and what’s the difference from one tweet to the next?
Wrong. Oh, so very wrong.
The difference between a good chip shop and an average one is absolutely huge. Would you get on a bus to travel to a mediocre chippy? Exactly.
Now, in the olden days we used to have to rely on trial and error to find out who did the best fish and chips, not to mention your pickled eggs, battered sausages and all the other accoutrements. Yeah, I said accoutrements. What are you going to do about it?
But we live in the future now. They have the internet these days, and you can use it to trim the fat when it comes to the best and worst of fish and chips.
Not literally, though, you want your cod to turn paper see-through from the levels of grease.
Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards. That’s next year. See – living in the future.
In the ‘Fish and Chip Shop of the Year’ category, there’s a shortlist of 60 – read it and weep, sixty – chippies across all four countries of the United Kingdom, with the English entries broken down on a regional basis.
That means there’s a pretty good chance of there being an elite chip shop near you. No more handing over your money and gambling on a decent meal.
Here are the best chip shops in Scotland:
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips, St Andrews
Silverfin Traditional Fish and Chips, Newry
Central and Southern England
Arlesey Fish and Chip Shop, Arlesey
Henbury Fryer, Henbury
The Codfather’s, Portland