Indeed, according to recent research by YouGov, ‘chips’ and ‘fish & chips’ took the two top spots as the nation’s most popular British dishes ahead of roasts, English breakfasts and bangers and mash.
Today, The Official Guide to the UK’s Quality Fish and Chip Shops 2021 has been published by the representatives of the Fish & Chip industry, the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) in collaboration with Sarson’s vinegar.
The NFFF has been established since 1913 and works to promote and protect the interests of some 10,500 fish and chip proprietors throughout the UK, as well as offering training to those wishing to enter the trade.
All shops listed in the guide are participants in the NFFF Quality Accreditation scheme.
This scheme identifies Fish & Chip shops that have undergone a thorough assessment of the premises and equipment, the working practices, hygiene standards and management controls, together with of course, the quality and taste of the fish and chips.
And one Greater Manchester chippy has made it in to the 2021 guide.
After frying for over 55 years and through three generations, Taylors in Stockport know this quintessentially British dish back to front.
Since 2004 they have been proud holders of the Seafish Quality Award – and they’ve even been awarded an OBE for their services to the Fish & Chip industry.
The take away and 50 seater restaurant on Hyde Road prepares all of their chips daily by hand on site, and also serves homemade pies as well as a selection of fish.
“Taylors are a traditional Fish & Chip shop established since 1966,” says Anne Wallace, director of Taylor’s Fish & Chip Shop.
“We pride ourselves on supplying quality food at affordable prices, our fish is all from sustainable sources and topped with just salt, our famous tartar sauce, and Sarson’s vinegar.
“The guide is a great tool to highlight quality fish and chip shops supplying the country’s number one takeaway.”
On the NFFF Quality Accreditation, Andrew Crook said: “The NFFF Quality Accreditation showcases the leading fish and chip takeaways across the UK, the shops that we all love to buy our fish supper from.
“Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Accreditation provides reassurance to customers that they are being served delicious food using high-quality ingredients.
“We encourage anyone who loves fish and chips to look out for the ‘BIG Q’ sign in the shop window.”
To find out which other chippies made The Guide to Quality Fish and Chip Shops, visit qualityfishandchips.co.uk.