ANORTH East fish and chip shop has been named the number one traditional chippie in the country.
Men’s lifestyle magazine Esquire has chosen Colmans, of South Shields, to top its poll.
The family-run restaurant and takeaway on Ocean Road beat eight other sites based in Torquay, London, Suffolk, East Yorkshire, Guernsey and Fife. The magazine, whose food editor is Tom Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall’s son, said: “Colmans is the coastal town chippy you remember from childhood, and it’s brilliant.
“Run by Richard and Frances, the fourth generation of Colmans to fry fish at South Shields, it’s all white-tiled walls and chalk boards showing the catch of the day.
“Colmans, whose impressive fan base includes Bill Bryson, Alison Steadman and Lord Mandelson, was rated best in the UK at The National Fish & Chip Awards in 2011.”
Owner Richard Ord, 59, said he was delighted to be awarded the honour, adding to a long list of awards the shop has already won over recent years.
He added: “It feels tremendous to be named number one in a national list. It is a great achievement for the business but it’s also a great honour to be able to help put South Tyneside on the map.
“We have access to some of the best fish in the world. Our coast is absolutely brilliant. On top of that we have more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the industry. Our business is now into the fifth generation.”
Colmans originally opened in 1905 and has been based in Ocean Road since 1926.
Among the honours the restaurant has received are Best UK Takeaway in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards, UKTV Gary Rhodes Local Food Heroes National Winner and the National Fish and Chip Awards Good Catch Award for sustainability.