North East chippy named one of the top 20 places for fish and chips in the UK

Huge Good Friday queues outside Colmans fish and chips on Ocean Road, South Shields
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A South Shields chippy has been named one of the top 20 places for fish and chips in the UK.

Colman's in South Shields has long-been established as one of the region's finest fish and chip shops, just a couple of years shy of celebrating its centenary in its Ocean Road premises - though it was founded in 1905. And it has been singled out for praise in the Observer as the North East's only representation in the best chippies in the country.

Directors at Colman's are no stranger to being singled out for praise by the publication, after Jay Rayner gave a rave review after visiting the Seafood Temple late last year. Both restaurants have an array of celebrity fans, including Andy Carroll, Chris and Rosie Ramsay, and even former US First Lady Hilary Clinton.

The latest recommendation has been welcomed by Colman's, who thanked both their team and their customers after being recognised.

In a post on their Facebook page, Colman's wrote: "Thrilled to be mentioned in The Observer list of the 20 best places to eat fish and chips in the UK, another great list to be part of amongst some brilliant places! Hats off to the team who work hard to make it happen, and our great customers for all your support."

Food writers at the Observer wrote: "Award-winning family business, going strong since 1905. There’s a meal deal for seniors; fish can be poached; and there’s Pol Roger to drink, if you’re feeling fancy."