Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North East Chippies Make the Cut in National Event

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

North East Chippies Make the Cut in National Event

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Byline: Richard Fletcher Reporter richard.fletcher@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE 50 best chippies in the country have been revealed - and we've got some of them right here in the North East.

Fry magazine ran a competition to find the best fish and chip shops in the UK. With 600 entrants, they had to narrow it down to 50 - and Tyneside chippies made the cut.

Colman's of South Shields - a perennially popular chippy that was last year voted the best in the country by Esquire magazine - was on the list along with Smith's Chippy, South Shields. Also on the list were Maguire's, Rowlands Gill, Easington Village Fish Bar and Overseas, Bishop Auckland.

All shops that entered Fry Magazine's 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops 2014 were subject to a mystery dining visit which was carried out by an independent company. More than 40 aspects of each business were assessed including the quality of fish and chips, staff presentation, front-of-house hygiene and customer service.

But the Tyneside winners are far from being the only great fish and chip shops in our region. In February we asked readers to share their favourite place to buy Britain's traditional fast food, and they responded in droves.

Around Newcastle, Clayton Street Chippy in Newcastle City Centre and The Gosforth Chippy, High Street, Gosforth got mentions, and Gormans Fish and Chip shop on Stamfordham Road, Fenham got lots of love.

Reader Kristen McDougal said: "Gormans in Denton Burn. Since moving down south, I can't get a proper fishcake!" Lorraine Willis said: "Gormans at Cowgate - my hubby makes a 50-mile round trip for them!" In North Tyneside and the coast, Bills on Victoria Crescent Cullercoats was mentioned. Amie Waugh said of Bills: "Bills' fish and chips at Cullercoats. I always go there when I take the kids to the beach - lovely food."

The Fast Fry chip shop on the Coast Road in Wallsend was also mentioned, along with Harbour View Fish and Chip shop on Beresford Road, Seaton Sluice. …

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