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Whiteheads Scoop UK Top Fish & Chip Takeaway Award and Voted Top Seaside Fish & Chip Shop by Sunday Times

The Whiteheads Crew attended the glittering highlight of the fish & chip industry year - The National Fish and Chip of the Year Awards 2023 - Hosted by The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. Whilst already shortlisted in the UK Top Ten Takeaways, The Crew had absolutely no idea what was to come. The "Takeaway of the Year" Award was the very last category being presented at the event by Jason Manford, who did a fantastic job and had the hundreds of guests in stitches. When it came to the final Awards, you could feel the anticipation of everyone in the room....and then came the announcement and the Whiteheads table went ballistic!!! Geoff and the Crew went on the stage to collect the Award and you could see the thrill of the moment having taken hold. Geoff said "Being named "UK Top Takeaway" is a dream come true. Our customers and friends have given us such constant support and encouragement throughout the 26 years since we opened. I am proud of our team and thank them and everyone who has helped us over the years. We opened with the aim to serve the finest fish and chips in Britain and whilst the world around us may have changed, we will continue to uphold the same quality and service.

Whiteheads are also thrilled to have been recently voted the UK Best Seaside Fish and Chip Shop by

The Sunday Times.


Whiteheads Officially A UK Top 10 Fish & Chip Takeaway

We are thrilled to bits to have made it through to the top 10 takeaways in the 2023 National Fish and Chip Awards. Hosted by The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the final winner will be announced at a ceremony in February 2023 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. Geoff said, "2022 is a momentous year for Whiteheads Fish and Chips, as we celebrate 25 years since we opened for business. The world may have changed, but The Whiteheads' Team remains constant in our aim of serving the finest quality fish and chips available in Britain. I am proud of our team and thank them and everyone who has helped us achieve a "top 10" takeaway" position; it is a real honour. Andrew Crook, President at the NFFF, commented “.....the chosen takeaways have demonstrated a clear reason as to why they are deserving of this accolade. All finalists should be extremely proud and our judges are looking forward to getting stuck into the next set of judging!”


Whiteheads Restaurant Re-Opens

Following the latest Government announcement on easing of the lockdown, Whiteheads restaurant is open again from 17 May.

The Whiteheads Team has re-organised and refitted the restaurant and will be constantly cleaning and sanitising the premises for customer safety and comfort.

We look forward to serving customers old and new and to an enjoyable (and mouthwatering) summer season on the Yorkshire Coast.


Our Continuing Fight Against Coronavirus

Following the latest Government announcement on the coronavirus pandemic, Whiteheads restaurant is closed until further notice.

Our takeaway is open Mon-Fri 11.30-2pm & 4 -7pm and Sat, Sun 11.30-7pm and during these times we offer doorstep delivery for people in Hornsea, Atwick, Bewholme, Seaton, Sigglesthorne, Great Hatfield, Rolston, Mappleton and surrounding villages who wish to stay self-isolated. Please telephone your order as soon as possible after 9am on the day of your required delivery as our phone gets very busy.

We are doing our utmost to be vigilant and thank all our customers for observing social distancing and the "one in/one out" rule at the takeaway counter.


Fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on protecting the public against the coronavirus pandemic, Whiteheads takeaway (as with our restaurant) is closed until further notice.

To reduce the spread of the virus, all our staff are asked to stay safe at home and we are no longer able to offer a home delivery. We are sorry for any inconvenience; in these difficult times, we must all do our very utmost to be vigilant in fighting the threat of this global pandemic. The sooner we can all tackle this major health threat the sooner we hope the nation will be restored to a semblance of normality.

The Whiteheads Team want all our friends, customers and the wider community to stay safe and healthy and send our very best wishes.

We look forward to serving you again as soon as we possibly can.


Whiteheads Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 'Hall of Fame 2019'

Thanks to the votes of our amazing customers, Whitehead's have again achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame status! We thank all our customers for their loyal support and kind words - The Whitehead's Team loves hearing your feedback and we read every single review.


Thanks Darren!

The Whitehead’s Team want to say a special "thank you" to Darren H for his kind 5-Bubble review of Whitehead’s Fish & Chips on Tripadvisor. We’d also like to add that Hornsea is a fantastic place to enjoy holidays too, with so many great things to see and do in the surrounding countryside and along the coast, and of course you will never be far away from Whitehead’s where you will always receive a warm welcome!

Read review on TripAdvisor


Happy New Year!

The Whitehead's Team is delighted that there has been a big increase in the popularity of Whitehead's for our top quality, sustainably sourced Fish & Chips both gluten-free and non gluten-free. To meet the increased demand, we saw-in the New Year with an electrical upgrade to keep ahead of our commitment to separately cooked gluten-free options whilst also serving growing numbers of customers through our takeaway and restaurant.

The Whiteheads Team takes environmental responsibility seriously. With much talk in the media about the need to reduce plastic waste, we wish to assure all our customers that for many years our takaway has used paper and cardboard packaging which is fully recyclable and is made from sustainable forests. We also took the decision last summer to move away from polystyrene trays to improve the taste of our fish and chips and reduce plastic waste.

Find out more about Whiteheads food sourcing and our environmental responsibility here: We Care


Catch a free Children’s Fish & Chips meal with our new loyalty card

Whitehead’s have introduced a Children’s Fish & Chips loyalty card. Collect yours next time you're here and every time you order a children’s fish and chips meal in either our restaurant or takeaway you we'll stamp your card - collect 8 stamps and your next Children’s Fish & Chips meal is free.

Pick up your loyalty card and start collecting those stamps!

The Whiteheads Team looks forward to serving you!


Whiteheads has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

A big thank you to all our customers for the positive feedback we have received and for helping us attain this accolade!


Children - have fun with Whitehead's Colouring Book Competition!

Ahoy there!

The Whitehead's' team have introduced a competition for our younger customers: Moby is Whitehead's very own mascot and he wants children to have fun by entering a free competition. Pick up a Moby Colouring Book, colour in the pages and send in your entry to Moby. Each month Moby will pick the best entry and the winner will receive a voucher for a children's fish and chips meal. See you soon!

The Whiteheads Team


Whiteheads shortlisted for the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards

The Whiteheads Fish and Chips Team is excited to be shortlisted for the 2017 fish and chip ‘Oscars’ - The National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards! We are on the Yorkshire region shortlist and to go through to the finals will be judged by mystery shoppers on several aspects, including most importantly, the quality of our famous fish and chips!

The judges will be selecting the UK top 20 to compete for the regional titles before the overall national winner is announced in January 2017. We are delighted to achieve the Yorkshire region shortlist and thank the organisers of the awards...and especially customers for their loyal custom. We love being of service and thank you

The Whiteheads Team


Whiteheads has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

A big thank you to all our customers for the positive feedback we have received and for helping us attain this accolade.


Whitehead’s Are Well and Truly Open Again After Major Refurbishments

The new restaurant and takeaway cooking range is installed and takeaway refurbs are complete! See for yourself and enjoy the delicious fresh cooked taste of Whitehead's MSC accredited Fish and Chips! The new frying range and the Takeaway decor reflects our contemporary look. “Our previous range served us very well for four years,” said Geoff Whitehead. “But as with everything, the current model incorporates improvements. The biggest changes are in the electronics and filtration. Of course, after four years the edges started to look a bit worn too, so it was time to update. Changing the takeaway decor was a nostalgia trip as my father and I did the original decoration ourselves."


Between 4 - 15 January 2016 Whitehead’s Will Close For Major Refurbishments

Whitehead's Team are already well advanced on the next phase of our improvements to our takeaway. Whitehead's popular takeaway and restaurant will both then reflect the same high standard for which Whitehead's is renowned. During the period of refurbishment Whitehead's will be closed. A new frying range will be installed and the decor will reflect our contemporary look. “Our existing range has served us very well for the past four years,” said Geoff Whitehead. “But as with everything, the current model incorporates improvements. The biggest changes are in the electronics and filtration. Of course, four years on the edges start to look a bit worn too, so it was time to update. Changing the takeaway decor will be a nostalgia trip as my father and I did the original decoration ourselves."

2015 has been a busy year for the Whitehead's Team, who were delighted to be shortlisted in the top 60 UK Independent Fish and Chip Shops of the Year National Awards and 1 of the top 4 in the Yorkshire region. Whitehead's were also awarded a further 5 star Quality Fish and Chip top rating in the National Federation of Fish Friers Quality Award Scheme, whilst also becoming East Yorkshire's first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish and chip shop, showing their commitment to sustainable fishing practices.


Whitehead’s shortlisted in 2016 National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards

Whitehead’s Fish and Chips has been shortlisted for the 2016 Independent Fish and Chip Shop of the Year National Awards organised by Seafish. The Whitehead’s team are delighted to have been selected as one the top 60 fish and chip shops in the UK by the judges and 1 of the top 4 in the Yorkshire region. To reach this stage Whitehead’s have been appraised across a variety of criteria including responsible sourcing polices, marketing and promotional practices and staff training. Over the coming weeks the top 60 shops will be subjected to further judging through mystery shopping assessments by industry experts to whittle down the line up to the UK top 20 who will compete for the regional titles culminating in the awards ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in January 2016.

The Whitehead’s team is excited to have been shortlisted as it is the first time they have applied for this prestigious competition. “I am very proud of the Whitehead’s crew who deliver a first class customer service using the finest ingredients,” said Geoff Whitehead. “Achieving this level at our first attempt is a testimony to their commitment for which I thank them.”


Whitehead's Awarded 5 Star Quality Fish & Chips Rating

Whitehead’s team strives to serve top quality fish and chips freshly cooked and is delighted to once again be awarded the top 5 star Quality Fish and Chip rating in the National Federation of Fish Friers Quality Award Scheme. The award reflects the dedication of Whitehead’s team to delivering the highest standard and our commitment to using responsibly sourced, sustainable ingredients, freshly cooked in rapeseed oil to order - including gluten free options. Our customers can be assured that a visit to Whitehead’s means top quality Fish and Chips from a 5 star Fish and Chip Restaurant and Takeaway!


Our new mobile friendly website is now live!

Book a table, View our Restaurant and Takeaway menus and Opening Times and read the latest news from East Yorkshire’s First MSC Certified Fish and Chip Shop.

Never visited us before? Use our new mobile-friendly site to find us - click on the "Get Directions" menu option on your smartphone and let Google Maps show you the way to the great taste of Whiteheads Fish and Chips - simple!


Whitehead's becomes East Yorkshire's first MSC Certified Fish and Chip Shop

Whitehead's Fish and Chips has become the first fish and chip shop in East Yorkshire to be Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, showing our commitment to sustainable fishing practices. By displaying the MSC ecolabel along with our MSC certification number we are showing our support for the health and ecology of the world's oceans through sustainable fishing, minimising environmental impacts, demonstrating effective management and crucially, the traceability of all the fish we serve from Icelandic fishing net to your plate.

By choosing Whitehead's Fish and Chips you are assured of delicious, authentic Icelandic succulent Cod and Haddock, whilst supporting sustainable fishing practices, ensuring that the freshly cooked Whiteheads taste can be enjoyed for generations to come.

For more information about the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) click here:


Want Gluten Free?

Whitehead's gluten free choices are all separately cooked in rape seed oil. Our batters contain no wheat and our Cod and Haddock are supplied to us direct from the clear, cold Icelandic waters. Our potatoes are locally grown specifically for us by a reputable East Yorkshire farmer who has supplied us for years with the perfect variety.

See our Gluten Free menu options


Congratulations to Sue Hickson-Marsay, for her honours at the Women of Achievement Awards

Above: Sue Hickson-Marsay (centre) receives the Overall Woman of Achievement Award from Katie Piper and founder member of the Women in Business Group, Karen Newton.(image courtesy of @Insight Photography) Whiteheads congratulate Sue Hickson-Marsay, who was instrumental in establishing the Hornsea Inshore Lifeboat, on receiving two awards at the recent Hull and Humber Women in Business Women of Achievement Awards ceremony. Sue, who is the only female coxswain at ABP (Associated British Ports) and works on the Humber, was awarded the ‘Women Breaking Boundaries’ award for her work in the marine department at ABP and was also presented with the Overall Woman of Achievement Award by guest speaker Katie Piper.

“I never planned on a marine career,” said Sue. “But I began working at the Humber Offshore Training Association (HOTA) and loved it. I was also a coastguard for over 20 years.

“While working on Albert Dock with HOTA I would often see ABP’s pilot launches coming in and wanted to work on them. I managed to get a job as a deckhand and after a couple of years I was promoted to coxswain.

“It’s a job I thoroughly enjoy. It’s challenging, varied and I love being part of a close team and I get to spend time outdoors. I can’t imagine doing anything else. The only problem I’ve experienced is intense seasickness, but I learned to cope with it and it doesn’t affect me anymore.”

ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald said: “We are all so incredibly proud of Sue. Not just for what she does every day for us at ABP, but the incredible work she does for Hornsea Inshore rescue. We were all thrilled when she won the Women Breaking Boundaries award, but when it was announced she had also won the Overall Woman of Achievement Award well our table just erupted. It was a truly great moment.

Sue’s day job involves taking pilots out to ships needing to enter or exit the Humber Estuary, but her passion is the Hornsea Inshore Lifeboat, a charity she’s been running for 21 years. The lifeboat was purchased through fundraising and has been used for more than 200 inshore and flooding rescues.

Sue explains why the charity was needed: “When the coastguard boat was removed from Hornsea, many people felt it left a seaside resort and a fishing community hugely exposed. The nearest rescue vessels were over 25 minutes away by sea, which can make the difference between life and death in some situations.

“We campaigned hard and did lots of fundraising and finally managed to purchase a boat which has been crewed and managed by volunteers for over 20 years. We operate to the same standards as the RNLI and we work closely with them. We are also a Sea Safe Education Centre, a Royal Yachting Association training centre and we also offer sailing and VHF training.

“All of these additional activities bring in much-needed funds and help us keep the lifeboat going. It’s not always been easy, but I get a lot of support from family and friends. It’s the love of my life and I don’t do it for awards, I do it because I believe in it.”


New Restaurant Menu

Our new mouthwatering restaurant menu has everything you would expect from Whitehead's including sumptuous, freshly cooked fish and chips, delicious fishcakes and meat pies as well as a great selection of childrens meals. Also in our new menu are details of our fantastic teatime special, available daily from 4pm. This teatime treat serves up a delicious Atlantic Cod Light Bite Coated in a crisp batter and served with freshly cut chips plus the dessert of your choice for only £7.65 or you can add a glass of house white wine to your meal for £10.85.


Lifesaving Equipment Installed at Whiteheads to Benefit Local Community

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart, is behind the drive for a national network of lifesaving defibrillators. Graham visited Whitehead's Fish and Chips to congratulate Geoff and his team for the provision of a lifesaving defibrillator unit at the Trinity Road, Hornsea restaurant. Whitehead's Fish and Chip restaurant is at the centre of a busy community, so the defibrillator will benefit the whole area.

Geoff Whitehead explains. "Since Whitehead's restaurant opened next to the takeaway, we have had two incidents of customers suffering apparent heart attacks. We decided to install a defibrillator and staff have been trained in its use. The unit is not just for Whitehead's customers, but for this whole area, with a notice displayed on the window on to how to access to it.

I hope it will never need to be used but it will be a reassurance to people that we have one." Also at the installation was Richard Fell whose family have been instrumental in promoting measures to tackle heart disease after the death of their son, Josh. He said, "I think it is absolutely fantastic for this local community and we too would like to see them spread around the area in a structured way"

Graham Stuart added: "There is more awareness of incidents where defibrillators are needed. The more we know where they are available and how they are operated is vital. I am hopeful that there will be a database that people can easily access through their mobile phones."


Summer has Arrived!

Be honest, it wouldn't be a British summertime without fish & chips. Come and experience Whitehead's for yourself; choose from a wide range of your fish & chip favourites on our menu including battered Wild Atlantic Cod, Haddock, Lemon Sole, Halibut and Scampi. We also serve a wide selection of sausages, patties, pies and fishcakes to satisfy the hungriest of appetites.

Enjoy your meal in our comfortable family restaurant, just a stone's throw from the golden sands of Hornsea beach. Or savour our delicious traditional takeaway fish and chips - on the beach whilst watching the waves.
(But please remember to put your litter in the bin when your done!)