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Fry Awards 2021: what are the top 50 UK fish and chip shops?

A NUMBER of chippies in the Vale and Cardiff have earned a spot among the 50 best fish & chip takeaways.

Fry Magazine, which is the ‘leading trade publication’ for the fish & chip shop industry and was established in 1999, have announced the 2021 list of ’50 best fish & chip takeaways’ [in the UK] which includes one in Llantwit Major and two in Cardiff.

Which takeaway in the Vale earned a spot?

Farnham’s Fish And Chips, in Boverton, Llantwit Major, are ‘super excited’ to have won a spot on the list and shared the news on their Facebook page.

They posted: “We are super excited and proud to say Farnhams fish and chips has won top 50 takeaways in the UK for 2020/2021.

“We are thrilled to have won this award especially in such hard and trying times for all!

“We could not have done it without our amazing staff and, of course, our fabulous customers!”

With a five food hygiene rating, Farnham’s has earned praise through customer reviews on Facebook, particularly for offering gluten-free options.

Read what the Facebook reviews say here.

Which takeaways in Cardiff made the top 50?

Two Cardiff chippies made the top 50: Fintans Fish & Chip Co in Llanishen and Yan’s Fish Bar on Whitchurch Road.

Yan’s Fish Bar, which has a five food hygiene rating, has thanked people for their continued support.

Sharing the good news on Facebook business owner, Steve, wrote: “To say I’m over the moon is an understatement; [this award] is from one of the leading magazines in the fish and chip industry.

“Thank you to my customers in these hard times; you pushed me hard to achieve this.”

Read what TripAdvisor reviews say about Yan’s Fish Bar here.

Fintans Fish & Chip Co has three chip shops – including throughout Cardiff, with their Llanishen one (on Merthyr Road) making the top 50.

This venue boasts a five food hygiene rating – TripAdvisor reviews are available here.

The full list of 2021 winners is available here.


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How are the top 50 determined?

Following an unannounced mystery dining visit, shops and mobile units were marked on more than 40 aspects of their business. This included: quality of food, customer service, social media presence, and their coronavirus safety measures.

Food is the main focus; all outlets are assessed on the flakiness of the fish, crispness of chips, crunch of batter, and value for money.

The benchmark to pass was set at 97 per cent for takeaways – this is the highest in the awards’ history.

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