Award winning

We were the first shop in West Yorkshire to be awarded the NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award and following another assessment in May 2017 we have retained the award for a further two years. This means we have held the award for 12 years!. We have also been given a top rating of 5 in the ‘food hygiene ratings scheme’ run by the Food Standards Agency, so you can always be assured of premium quality fish and chips with great service guaranteed!

NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award

Towngate Fisheries have continuously held the NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award for 14 years and are the only shop in West Yorkshire to have held it for so long.

The NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Awards is a national scheme, backed by the National Federation of Fish Friers, aimed at finding those shops throughout the UK that offer their customers the best quality fish and chips. The award recognises:

  • The UK’s best quality and best tasting fish and chips
  • Sustainably sourced fish
  • Fresh produce, prepared safely
  • Clean, safe and hygienic premises
  • Well trained staff
  • Great service

National Food Hygiene Rating

Towngate Fisheries have been awarded 5 out of 5 in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) food hygiene rating scheme. This scheme replaces the old 'Score On The Doors' rating. During the inspection the food safety officer looked at:

  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the building – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how Towngate manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

Look out for the award sticker and certificate in the shop.

To find out more about the scheme visit the FSA website.

NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion Award’ 2018

Towngate Fisheries is delighted to announce that we have won the NFFF Quality Award Champion Award at the 2018 National Fish and Chip Awards. An extension to the National Federation of Fish Friers quality accreditation scheme, this award recognises shops that have attained and exceeded the rigorous industry quality benchmarks.

Towngate Fisheries were appraised across a variety of criteria, including how we have maximised opportunities to promote the Quality Award to customers, how we actively promote the benefits to the wider fish and chip industry, how we measure increased benefits and the future plans we have to promote the award.

We were also finalists for this award in 2016.

Outstanding Achievement Award 2018

Owner Mark Drummond was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2018 National Fish and Chip Awards. This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the fish and chip industry and has been instrumental in advancing the industry through innovation, modernisation or simple perspiration! This is the second award of this type Mark has won after winning the Contribution to the Takeaway Industry Award at the British Takeaway Awards in November 2017.

Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award 2018

Towngate Fisheries have been judged to be one of the top 60 shops in the UK (and one of the top 3 in Yorkshire) in the 2018 Seafish National Fish & Chips Awards.

Now in their 30th year, the National Fish & Chip Awards recognise and reward businesses producing the best fish and chips across the UK. Their aim is to raise quality standards and provide a benchmark for businesses to aspire to.

Visit the National Fish and Chip Award website to find out more.

Healthy Fish & Chips Award 2015 and 2017

Towngate Fisheries were proud winners of the National Fish & Chip Awards’Healthy Fish & Chips Award’ in both 2015 and 2017 – the only business to win this national award twice!

We were judged across a variety of criteria including evidence of menu development and innovation when promoting healthier options to customers and employee training procedures focusing on healthier products and ingredients.

Visit our Healthier Choices page to find out more about our range of healthier and lighter options.

Visit to find out more about the awards.

From Field To Frier Award 2017

Towngate Fisheries were ‘From Field to Frier Award’ Award finalists in the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.

The ‘From Field to Frier Award’ celebrates businesses that promote responsible ingredient sourcing and sustainability practices. As you probably already know, this is something that Towngate Fisheries is passionate about so we’re very excited to be finalists. Find out more about our Products and preparation and Sustainable products.

Although disappointed not to win we are very proud to have been placed in the top three in the country for this national award.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Towngate Fisheries was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017 and has retained it in 2018 and 2019. Thank you to all our customers who have taken the time to review us. If you haven’t already left a review, then why not visit our TripAdvisor page and tell us why you love our fish and chips so much.

Fry Magazine 50 Best UK Fish & Chip Shops 2020

Towngate Fisheries, Idle has been named as one of the UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops 2020 by Fry Magazine, the leading trade magazine for our industry. This is the fifth year in a row, having made this prestigious list in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019!

As part of the judging we were assessed by a mystery shopper on a range of front-of-house aspects, from staff friendliness, cleanliness of the takeaway to product knowledge. Points were also awarded for the quality of the food with everything being critiqued from the crispness of the batter, to the texture of chips, to the flakiness of the fish.

ThreeBestRated – one of the three best fish and chip shops in Bradford

Towngate Fisheries has recently been chosen as one of the three best fish and chip shops in Bradford by website ThreeBestRated.

The top companies in each category are selected based on customer reviews, number of complaints, customer satisfaction ratings, cost and overall general excellence.

You can see our listing at the following link:

Officially ‘Best Chippy Chips’ in Yorkshire – two years running!

As part of the The Choice Chip Awards, Towngate Fisheries, Bradford have been voted ‘Best Chippy Chips’ in Yorkshire in both 2013 and 2014, as voted for by our loyal customers.

The competition was run as part of National Chip Week. Over 500 fish and chip shops across the country battled it out to be crowned the best with over 35,000 votes being cast each year. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

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