THE UK has just celebrated the nation's favourite - and there are dozens of places that you can too!

We are fortunate to have a great selection of fish and chip restaurants and takeaways across the region and County Durham has its fair share.

From more formal settings to the local chippy, the county has a range of businesses offering fish and chips but how do they compare?

We've put together a list of the top places, which have been rated the best by hundreds of people on TripAdvisor.

1. Bells Fish Restaurant, Durham

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Some of the reviews read: "Excellent Haddock & Chips... crispy and tasty, good fish and tasty chips with a straight forward salad" and "absolutely delicious, the cod practically melted in the mouth".

Offering gluten free products and has takeout, seating, highchairs available, wheelchair accessible and serves alcohol.

It gets 4.5 out of 1,213 reviews.

2. Middleton In Teesdale Fish and Chip Shop

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The most recent review says it's "worth travelling for", adding "the best tasting fish, chips and mushy peas we've had for a quite while. Also had battered Wensleydale, spicy chicken bits, and battered stuffed jalpenos's which were to die for".

Another noted "very accommodating to our vegan needs, made special to order. Very tasty food, we all enjoyed it! Lovely friendly staff! Would recommend!"

It gets 4.5 out of 329 reviews

3. Katie's Traditional Fish and Chips, Barnard Castle 

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One customer noted: "I don’t usually eat chips but I absolutely loved these. They were cooked in beef dripping and the taste was amazing. Fish was also beautifully cooked - lovely and moist and so tasty. Would definitely use it again if we were in the area."

It gets 5/5 in 148 reviews

4. Fish and Chips 149, Galgate Barnard Castle 

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It gets 4.5 out of 490 reviews

5. Davy's Fish & Chips, Beamish Museum 

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"Yummy" is the conclusion of customers. One noted: "Delicious Fish & Chips. Massive portions. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Well worth the wait. Look forward to going back. With my yearly Beamish ticket."

It gets 4.5 out of 87 reviews.

6. The Golden Fish Inn, Delves Lane 

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Mixed reviews here. One who was impressed said: "Stopped here for some quick grub and I was blown away! Lush food, highly recommend. Will defo be visiting again! 5*"

It gets 4.5 out of 85 reviews 

7. Downey's of Seaham 

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Favourable reviews include "the haddock was so fresh and huge" and "quick and super fresh fish and chips"

It gets 4 out of 499 reviews.

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