A Darlington fish and chip shop has been named as one of the 20 best chippies in the country.

The National Fish and Chip Awards measures entrants against a range of criteria including environmental practice, product knowledge and employer accountability.

The Yarm Road Fish and Chips, Darlington, is not onto the next stage of the selection process.

It is expected that the overall winner will be announced in February next year.

Andrew Crook, president at the National Federation of Fish Friers, which organises the awards, says: "The level of detail we require entrants to provide hasn’t phased our shortlisted businesses and they are hitting every mark.

"The award officials have gone back and forth and around in circles choosing the 20 finalists.

"It’s not been an easy task, so what a brilliant achievement for those that are moving forward."

Seafood from Norway is the main sponsor of the award and Victoria Braathen, the UK Director, also praised the contenders for the prize.

She said: "The 20 fish and chip takeaways should be extremely proud to be another step closer to potentially claiming the coveted top title in celebration of the nation’s favourite dish.

"The Norwegian seafood industry is proud to support UK fish and chip shops, supplying responsibly sourced Norwegian cod and haddock to operators that value quality and provenance.

"We’re excited to see how the category contenders progress."

Here are the contenders:

Tees Valley

Yarm Road Fish and Chips, Darlington


Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough, Bridlington

Mister C’s, Selby

The Fish Bank, Sherburn-in-Elmet

Auckley Friery, Doncaster


Marina Fish & Chips, Skegness

Greater Manchester

Chips @No.8, Prestwich


Westend Fish and Chips, Oswaldtwistle


Angells Fisheries, Newark-on-Trent


Bishopston Fish and Chips, Bristol


French’s, Wells-next-the-Sea


Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Eastleigh


Seafare Guildford, Guildford


Stones Fish and Chips, Ealing


Zero Plus Fish & Chips, Cardiff

Ship Deck, Caerphilly

Finney’s Fish and Chips, Benllech

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Northern Ireland

Chipmongers Portstewart, Londonderry