NEXT Thursday is national fish and chips day - a whole day dedicated to a British tradition – an institution.

What makes a good serving of fish and chips?

Is it the crispy batter surrounding the flaky fish teamed with perfectly cooked chips?

Do you add mushy peas or gravy or curry sauce?

Do they taste better when you eat them out of yesterday’s newspapers?

In the latest category of our Best of 2024 competition we want to know where in St Helens we can get the perfect portion of fish and chips and there’s no better time to start our search than on national fish and chip day, which showcases one of life’s simple pleasures.

Your local chippy could be your favourite or you might take a walk or a drive to a pub or restaurant that serves the best fish and chips in the town.

So far in our Best of 2024 competition, we’ve searched for St Helens’ Best for Hair, Best for Pies and Best for Nails and then Best for Roast Dinner and Best for Cocktails, with the shortlist for the town’s Best for Breakfast revealed yesterday, Thursday.

Vote for St Helens' Best for Breakfast 2024

This week, it’s fish and chips and we know it will be no easy feat to choose a winner which is why we’ll be handing over the final decision to those who know best – our readers.


Each Friday morning we will reveal new categories via our social media pages and ask you who is the best. Nominations will then close each Monday morning at 12pm.

Every Thursday we will publish a shortlist of finalists with voting officially opening.

You will be able to vote in one of three ways:

- By commenting under the relevant post on our St Helens Star Facebook or Twitter pages = 1 vote

- By entering via the online article on our St Helens Star website = 2 votes

- By entering via our St Helens Star newspaper = 5 votes

Voting closes each Sunday evening at midnight.

The following Wednesday evening we will announce the winner of that category on social media.

Usual Newsquest competition rules apply.

For more details go to

So, get in touch with your fish and chips nominations and tell us who is amazing enough to be one of our Best of 2024 finalists.

To make your nomination go to or find us on Twitter @sthelensstar

Alternatively, you can email your nomination, telling us the name of best fish and chips, where they are sold and why they deserve to be shortlisted, to

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website and our social media each Friday morning, when we will launch a new Best of 2024 search and then every Thursday to vote for your favourite from our shortlist.