While UK cuisine may not have the same reputation as its French or Italian counterparts, there's no denying that the best UK dishes are more than a match for l'escargot or spaghetti bolognese. Indeed, one dish is so delicious that it has its own day dedicated to recognising its excellence.
We're talking, of course, about fish and chips.
Fryday, June 4th, is National Fish and Chip day, a day designed to celebrate everything involved in the fish and chip industry, from fishermen to farmers to the mighty chip shops themselves. So join us as we dive into the clear Yorkshire waters and take a look at some of the best chippies in and around Leeds.
A Yorkshire fish and chip institution for more than 25 years and winner of TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice award in 2020, Murgatroyds offers top quality, renewable fish in some of the crispiest batter around.
With diner-style decor, booth seating and an extensive menu including everything from giant haddock fillets to cod, prawn and chorizo croquetas, Murgatroyds is the perfect plaice for light bites and slap-up meals.
Murgatroyds, Harrogate Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BN.
With a traditional menu designed to keep the spotlight on its sustainable haddock, the Wetherby Whaler knows good fish and chips and sticks to what it knows.
But looks can be deceiving and there's much more to the Whaler than just mushy peas and an OAP special. With gluten-free options and a full drinks menu, eating at any of the Whaler's six restaurants across Yorkshire is an enjoyably grown-up experience that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
A special mention must also go to the company's Empire Outwood branch in Wakefield which offers a drive-thru service seven days a week - perfect for socially distanced snacking.
Wetherby Whaler, 18 Market Place, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NE; Wetherby Whaler, 550 Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield, WF1 2DX.
A thoroughly modern fish and chip restaurant that still delivers all the classics, Catch Seafood has established its reputation by using only the freshest, highest quality, sustainably sourced fish.
Boasting an exciting menu and a vibrant setting in which to mullet over, if you like the idea of prawn bao buns or seafood curry as much as traditional fish and chips, this is the place for you.
Catch Seafood, 391 Street Lane, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6HQ.
Dougies' owners know what their patrons want - light, crispy battered fish and perfectly cooked chips - so the menu is all about substance over style, a fact proven by the restaurant's National Federation of Fish Friers' Fish and Chip Shop Quality Accreditation in recognition of the quality of its fish.
A classic chippy in the grand tradition, Dougies has been serving takeaway fish and chips to locals in Harrogate for more than 20 years. If it's a top notch neighbourhood chippy you're after, look no further.
Dougies Fish & Chips, 66 King Edwards Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4HN.
If you can smell something fishy in Leeds, it's probably The Fisherman's Wife.
Situated in the heart of Leeds' famous Kirkgate Market, The Fisherman's Wife serves fish caught using environmentally-friendly methods and locally sourced ingredients across an impressive menu that includes cod, haddock, plaice and halibut.
With large portion sizes perfect for eating on the go around Leeds, The Fisherman's Wife calls shoppers to its counter like boats to a lighthouse.
The Fisherman’s Wife, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
One of the Leeds fish and chip scene's best kept secrets, we'd been herring about this chippy for years before we got round to trying it. And more fool us, because it's wild caught haddock and chips cooked in beef dripping are simply stunning.
Add in the company's more than 55 years' experience in the fish and chip industry and its traditional yet contemporary menu and it's easy to see why locals go back to The Skyliner time and time again.
The Skyliner, 15 Austhorpe View, Austhorpe, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8NN.
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