When you think of places that sell great fish and chips, you might be inclined to believe that you're likely to find them at a coastal town. Turns out you'd be wrong, as Yorkshire has emerged as a hotspot for some of the best new chippies in the country.
Earlier this week, the National Fish & Chip Awards revealed its 2016 shortlist for Best Newcomer, with three Yorkshire-based chip shops appearing in the top 10.
Widely considered as the 'Oscars' of the fish frying industry, the awards recognise the best talent, quality and choice offered by independent fish and chip businesses, with the shortlisted entrants having been appraised across a variety of judging criteria including innovation, promotional activity and approaches to sustainable and responsible sourcing.
The 10 shortlisted chippies are:
Athena's Fish & Chips, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
Bywater Fisheries, Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catch, East Looe, Cornwall
Chuckles Chippy, Poole, Dorset
MyChippy.com, Enfield, Middlesex
Old Time Fisheries, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Potter Hill Fish Shop, Pickering, North Yorkshire
Sea Salt and Sole, Dyce, Aberdeenshire
The Mayfair Chippy, London
Wolfies Of Hove, East Sussex
The next stage of the competition will whittle down the top 10 shops to establish the UK top three finalists who will compete for the top accolade at the 2016 awards ceremony, which will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on January 20, 2016.
In the past, Leeds Chippy Graveley's was a runner up in 2013, with The Original Nash's Fish Restaurant in Chapel Allerton a runner up in 2004. Could this be the year that a West Yorkshire chippy emerges victorious?