IN honour of national fish and chips day – which is today - we wanted to know where in St Helens serves the best British tradition.

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?

So far in our Best of 2024 competition, we’ve given out six awards in St Helens:

Best for Hair – At Gems

Best for Pies – Birchall’s

Best for Nails – Nails by Mandy

Best for Roast Dinner – The Moss Bank

Best for Cocktails – Cinema Bar

Best for Breakfast – Shakey J’s

This week, it’s fish and chips and now we need your help to choose the winner from our ten shortlisted nominees.

There are three ways to vote:

1. Search for the Best for Fish and Chips shortlist post on our St Helens Star Facebook or X (Twitter) pages and comment under the post with the name of your winner = 1 vote

2. Name your favourite in the comments section on this article via our website = 2 votes

3. Purchase a copy of this week’s St Helens Star (Thursday, June 6 edition) and fill in the entry form = 5 votes

(*NB For newspaper entries, email a screenshot of the completed entry form to – please note that only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry can be submitted per person but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplication eg if your name is Smith you may wish to write Smith123 or HS21! as your code. You will need to provide a different code for each different coupon submitted. For full terms and conditions go to

Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight on Sunday, June 9 and we will be announcing the winner next week.

Keep an eye out for our next Best of appeal on our social media pages on Friday for the next Best of 2024 category.


The Nelson

The Nelson

The Nelson Chippery, Bridge Street, St Helens

One happy customer said this place is simply “incredible”.

Another said: “It’s fab and the fish is beautiful every time.”

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The Crispy Cod

The Crispy Cod

The Crispy Cod, Knowsley Road, St Helens

There are more than 2,000 five star reviews on this place’s website with customers highly recommending a visit – it’s been serving fish and chips for decades.

It’s definitely worth standing in line if you choose to visit at busy times.

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Chipmunk, Thatto Heath

Chipmunk, Thatto Heath

Chipmunk Thatto Heath, Thatto Heath Road, Thatto Heath

One recommendation said: “It’s 100 per cent the best fish and chips.”

For more details contact 01744 819589

Tanans Fish and Chips

Tanan's Fish and Chips

Tanan’s Fish and Chips, Westfield Street, St Helens

One happy regular said: “You can sit in or takeaway and the food is always delicious.

“The staff are so friendly too.”

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Grange Park

Grange Park

Grange Park, Grange Park Road, St Helens

The gluten free options get a huge thumbs up here.

One nomination said: “It’s the best we’ve had and you don’t have to pay extra for it.

“Massive portions too!”

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Haydock Supper Bar

Haydock Supper Bar

Haydock Supper Bar, West End Road, Haydock

One happy customer said “it’s the best chippy in the north west”.

Another added: “The best fish and chips in town served by very friendly staff.

“Very competitive prices as well.”

For more details ring 01744 602122

Sutton Village Chippy

Sutton Village Chippy

Sutton Village Chippy, Peckers Hill Road, St Helens

One nomination said: “Proper cod in light golden batter, top mushy peas and chips.”

Another said the fish and chips were “plentiful, freshly cooked and went down a treat”.

They added: “Just shows you can get batter and banter at the local chippy.”

For more details contact 01744 637097

Margs Chippy

Marg's Chippy

Marg’s Chippy, Balfour Street, St Helens

This is a “traditional English chippy that has stood the test of time” and is a hit with customers old and new.

One happy visitor said: “The best for taste and value chippy in town.”

For more details go to 01744 604906

Haydock Plaice

Haydock Plaice

Haydock Plaice, Sherlock Avenue, Haydock

This venue is “the best in Haydock and surrounding areas” according to locals.

One reviewer said: “The fish and chips are lovely – well worth the money!”

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Newtown Fish Bar

Newtown Fish Bar

Newtown Fish Bar, Cambridge Road, St Helens

There were lots of nominations for this popular place.

One customer said: “The best fish and chips around.”

Another said: “It’s 100 per cent Newtown Fish Bar.”

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Pauls Fishbar

Paul's Fishbar

Paul’s Fishbar, Bowness Avenue, St Helens

It’s “consistently good food” at Paul’s Fishbar with hungry customers leaving full and satisfied.

This won last year’s award – can they make it two in a row?

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Robins Lane Chippy

Robins Lane Chippy

Robins Lane Chippy, Robins Lane, St Helens

One nomination said: “There isn’t a chip shop that can match Robins Lane.

“Good luck!”

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