A popular chippy in County Durham has been nominated for a top UK award. 

Bells Fish and Chips, which has venues in Durham and Washington, is up for the Multiple Operator of the year at the National Fish and Chip Awards.

A ceremony will be held in London on February 28, hosted by comedian and presenter Jason Manford.

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The prestigious awards organised by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), strive to find the very best in the business when it comes to British fish and chips.

Andrew Crook, president at the NFFF, said: “As the awards draw closer, we’re all looking forward to the awards ceremony and celebrating every finalist for their hard work this past year.

“The industry as a whole has experienced some difficulties, so being able to reward those who have overcome these challenges is a privilege.

“We’re all very excited to work with Jason Manford, he’s a great fit as a well-known national treasure - much like British fish and chips.”