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The Cod's Scallops: Nottingham chippy named best in UK – despite being 80 miles from coast

Chiara Giordano
The Cod's Scallops in Wollaton, Nottingham, has been named Fish and Chip Shop of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2020: Scene Photography

A landlocked chippy serving oysters, lobster and scallops has been crowned best fish and chip shop in the UK.

Despite being located more than 80 miles from the sea, The Cod’s Scallops in Wollaton, Nottingham has fought off competition from coastal businesses to win Fish and Chip Shop of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2020.

Owned and run by John and Helen Molnar, the Midlands chippy offers more than 20 species of fish and shellfish daily, and can be deep fried or baked with garlic, lemon and herbs for a healthier option.

Entrants were judged not just on their fish and chips, but also sustainability, menu innovation and catering for special dietary requirements during a rigorous eight-month judging period.

John Molnar, who opened the business almost 30 years ago, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be crowned the UK’s best fish and chip shop.

“It’s an honour to take home such a prestigious title, especially being up against the country’s top establishments.

“It’s a brilliant achievement for the team at The Cod’s Scallops and we are so proud of everyone for their efforts.

“Entering the awards has taught us so much about our business as well as the fish and chip industry and we would encourage other operators to get involved.”

In addition to the top accolade, there were also winners of 15 other separate categories, including Best Fish and Chip Restaurant, which went to Trenchers Restaurant in Whitley Bay, in the northeast, and Best Newcomer, won by Lewis’s Fish and Grill in Maidstone, Kent.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive of Seafish, which runs the awards, said: “We’d like to offer huge congratulations to The Cod’s Scallops. As well as serving up outstanding fish and chips, they demonstrated real passion and enthusiasm for the industry every step of the way.

“Their final presentation was incredible and they are truly deserving winners.”

The Cod’s Scallops has three branches in Nottingham and one in Market Harborough.

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