Yorkshire hailed as 'fish and chip capital'

Yorkshire hailed as 'fish and chip capital'

Published at 12:06am 2nd June 2017. (Updated at 9:32am 2nd June 2017)

Yorkshire's award-winning fish and chips are being celebrated, as the White Rose county is named as having the most chippies in the UK.

Figures from the National Federation of Fish Friers, which have been released on National Fish and Chip Day, show that Yorkshire has around 1,700 fish and chip shops.

More than a fifth of people in the region visit those shops every week.

Around 56% buy fish and chips to eat at home as a family meal and 80% visit chippies at least once a year.

Aficionados from the Magpie Café in Whitby, North Beach Fish and Chips in Bridlington and Wetherby Whaler celebrated the tradition of fish suppers at the seaside by visiting the Welcome to Yorkshire garden Chelsea Flower Show.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Yorkshire fish and chips are the best in the world, and we were delighted to showcase them on the beach at our spectacular garden at Chelsea last week.

"There's no better way to round off the half-term break than a trip out for traditional fish and chips."

So, why is it such a popular dish?

Katie Davison, from Bizzie Lizzies in Skipton, said: "I think it's because it's not a fad food, it's a good staple food that's always on people's minds.

"It's not something that's going to go out of fashion. Fish and chips has been around for many years and is going to still be here for many years to come."

Yorkshire fish and chips

Fish and chip aficionados Barry Camfield, Ian Robson and Caroline Murphy in the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at Chelsea Flower Show