Four Essex fish and chip shops have been named among the best in the UK, according to a report from the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF).

They were included out of the 11 featured in the London and South East England section.

The Official Guide to the UK’s Quality Fish and Chip Shops 2021 has been published by the NFFF, along with vinegar brand Sarson's.

They are ranked based on a thorough assessment of the premises and equipment, the working practices, hygiene standards and management controls, together with, of course, the quality and taste of the fish and chips.

Echo: Around 382 million meals are bought from fish and chip shops in the UK each year (NFFF/Sarson's Vinegar)Around 382 million meals are bought from fish and chip shops in the UK each year (NFFF/Sarson's Vinegar)

Catherine Martin, Brand Manager for Sarson’s said: “We congratulate all the Fish & Chip shop operators across the UK that are featured in this year’s NFFF 2021 guide!

“As the UK’s number 1 vinegar brand, we share the NFFF’s value for the culture of Fish & Chips and are delighted to support this badge of quality recognising the best Fish & Chip shops, who work tirelessly to serve one of our nation’s favourite dishes”. 

What are the best fish and chip shops in Essex?

Henley's of Wivenhoe

Where: 9 Vine Paradde, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9HA

Award-winning fish and chips are served from Henley's, along with great sustainability credentials.

You can select a piece of responsibly sourced fish from the display and have it cooked right in front of you.

The Hook of Halstead

Where: 17 Weavers Court, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2JN

This place is a family business that are passionate about fish and chips, and offer a gluten-free menu.

It also extends its repertoire to other food items, including burgers, chicken and pies.

The Brothers Fish Bar

Where: 368 Manford Way, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 4AJ

This establishment in Chigwell has been commended on TripAdvisor for its quality food offerings and efficient service.

The Fish Inn

Where: 409 St Johns Road, Bockings Elm, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8DU

On its website The Fish Inn describes itself as " passionate about serving traditional fish and chips at their finest".

You can get crispy batter surrounding your fish along with golden chips.