A fish and chip shop in County Durham has been shortlisted as one of the top chippies in the UK, believed to be “a cut above the rest.”

Bells Fish and Chip shop has made the final five in the 2024 Field to Frier category at the National Fish and Chip Awards.

Employee Donna Whitfield was also recently shortlisted for Employee of the Year.

Potato proficiency has been under close examination for the businesses in Durham, Devon, Wales and Scotland which have done a “stellar job” in demonstrating their preparation and storage methods, knowledge regarding seasonality of varieties, how to make the tastiest chips, and more.

An insider panel of potato professionals have made the assessments rigorous to spur businesses on with surpassing their current standards and reaching for new heights.

5 UK finalists at the National Fish and Chip Awards revealed

County Durham


  • Pier Point Fish and Chips, Torquay


  • Ship Deck, Caerphilly
  • Finney’s Fish and Chips, Benllech


  • The Fish Works, Largs

Rooting for the chip shops is Andrew Crook, president at the National Federation of Fish Friers and organiser of the awards, who says: “Being able to cook a chip perfectly requires a tremendous amount of expertise in selecting the most appropriate variety that will deliver on taste, texture and visual appeal, as well as having top notch cooking capabilities to keep customers coming back.

“There’s so much to learn about the humble potato and these five businesses have shown a level of care and attention to detail which is reflected in the great success they are all experiencing in the industry and within their communities.”

The next round of the judging process will see the finalists having virtual interviews with industry specialists to determine which three chip shops will be invited to the awards ceremony on February 28 at the Park Plaza Westminster where the Field to Frier champ will be revealed.

Bells Fish and Chips has five outlets in Durham City, Framwellgate Moor, Gilesgate, Teal Farm, Washington and Team Valley in Gateshead.