Top five* fish and chip bars

Once again, the Twittersphere has spoken. Last week on Twitter  (@esquireuk), we were extolling the virtues of our local chippy, The Golden Union on Poland Street, when all hell broke loose. The merits of crispy batter and expertly fried chips quickly snowballed into a heated (though not overcooked) debate on the best fish and chip bar in the UK. And Hungry of Tunbridge Wells certainly had his say...

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1. Downtown Fishbar, Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells (01892 539276)

2. Toffs, Muswell Hill, London (020 8883 8656)

3. Fryers Delight, Theobalds Rd, London (0871 971 6775)

4. Mr Chips, Louth, Lincolnshire (01507 603 756)

5. Wee Hurrie Fish Bar, Troon Harbour, Scotland

6. Frankie's, West Didsbury, Manchester (0161 445 3300)

7. The Golden Union, Poland Street, Soho (0207 434 1933)

8. Wetherby Whaler, Wetherby, Yorkshire (01937 582968)

9. Atlantic Fast Food, Coatbridge, Glasgow (01236 443 675)

10. Golden Galleon, Alderburgh, Suffolk (01728 454685)

11. Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife, Scotland (01333 313 428)

12. Bretts, Headingley, Leeds (0113 232 3344)

13. Fisherman's Café, Conwy, Wales (01492 593 792)

(* we decided to give you an extra eight)