Two local chippies are hoping to be judged “batter” than the rest after being shortlisted in the National Fish and Chip Awards.
With a month to go until the awards – organised by The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) – the shortlisted East Yorkshire entries that have made the cut will be continuing to do what they do best – serving up the best fish and chips for their loyal customers. Whitehead’s Fish and Chips, in Hornsea, is one of ten chippies vying for the title of Fish and Chip Takeaway of the Year.
Hoping to be crowned Best Newcomer, in a category celebrating businesses that started no earlier than January 2021, is Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough. This year’s awards will take place on Thursday, February 23 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, in London, hosted by comedian Jason Manford.
Whitehead’s Fish and Chips has been a top-pick takeaway for several years. The Hornsea venue, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, joins three other Yorkshire chip shops in the shortlisted top ten, including The Bearded Sailor, Pudsey; The Fish Bank, Sherburn in Elmet; and Auckley Friery, Doncaster.
Andrew Crook, president of the NFFF, said: “The chosen takeaways have demonstrated a clear reason as to why they are deserving of this accolade. All finalists should be extremely proud.”
Among its attractions, Whiteheads is known for offering a wide range of gluten-free choices to cater for people with allergies and food intolerances. When it was first nominated, the delighted owners of the east coast chippy described it as a “great honour”.
The Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough reopened its doors in June 2021 after Gary Sharples’ son bought it. It had previously been shut for a number of years.
Gary’s father-in-law used to take his children there when they were younger and for nostalgic reasons, the family decided to repurchase it and Gary has been running it since. Lighthouse received tremendous support from the Flamborough community who had nothing but raving reviews for the chippy.
The humble family chippy, with only three employees, credits its successes to its attention to detail. Gary said that on boards inside, customers can see exactly which farm their potatoes came from, where their fish is from and even which boat it came in on.
Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough is up against Haughton Fish & Chips, of Haughton, Staffordshire, and Hendo’s Fish & Chips, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The awards will honour winners across ten categories, including best restaurant, field to frier, mobile operator and environment and sustainability champion.