There are 10,500 fish & chip shops across the country serving up 167 million fish and chip meals a year

UK consumers prefer cod and haddock. We eat these fish more than any other nation. This is the fish served most often in our fish & chip shops. Most of this comes from the Icelandic, Norwegian and Barents Seas, where around one twelfth of the total is caught by the British trawler Kirkella.


Results of a recent survey of MPs by Populus revealed that:

• 83% said fish & chips has the best claim to be the UK’s national dish (but a quarter of Welsh MPs, named chicken tikka masala!)

• 65% correctly named cod as the fish most often served in UK fish & chip shops and 29% say haddock. (70% of MPs from Scotland say haddock)

• Only 31% of MPs knew that most of the cod and haddock served in fish & chip shops come from distant waters beyond the UK and EU

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