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PremierLeague-News.Com - The takeaway in Ripon has been dubbed the best in the city but other customers have slammed it as 'over-priced' with 'tiny portions'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Fish and chips are a staple and one of the UK's most beloved type of takeaways. Here in Yorkshire, we're lucky to have a fantastic choice. Specifically in North Yorkshire, we have plenty of different business vying for the title of Yorkshire's favourite and opinion is very divided. Drake's Fish and Chips is arguably one of the top contenders for the title with applause and accolades coming in from some of its very loyal clientele . Their reviews are overwhelmingly positive with customers returning time and time again but peppered among them are some disappointments. There were complaints about portion size and the price. So with the self-proclaimed title of 'Yorkshire's favourite', it was important to see if those issues were a one-off and if the loyalty of their customers proved true. Read more: Market Fisheries in Heckmondwike hopes to batter competition in National Fish and Chip Awards Other contenders for title of Yorkshire's best chippy include the Wetherby Whaler, with Walkers using their taste as a flavour. Huddersfield residents found a fish and chips called Mega Chippy and rated it better than the infamous Binley Mega Chippy and in another twist, a food critic actually said that Fish and Chips at 149 in Bridlington, was best value for money. But Drakes has the benefit of not just being in one place. It boasts restaurants as well as takeaways in York, Knaresborough, Ripon and Harrogate. Drakes on Finkle Street, Ripon (Image: Google Maps) It even has more takeaways in Bradford city centre, Five Lane Ends in Bradford, Potterton Lane in Leeds and Bradford Road in Shipley. Needless to say, the fact the chippy has branched out so much seemed a good sign. I ordered from the Ripon branch which is closest to me as I live in the city and I really wasn't disappointed. Ordering a standard fish and chips, I wondered what the portion sizes would be like. After all, with a chippy, you tend to find that meals are usually plentiful but Drakes had received a few negative comments in this department. Yet when the takeaway arrived to our door, I was staggered by the big bag of food we were given. We'd only ordered meals for two! While I had gone for the regular fish and chips, my fiancée had decided to sample the jumbo sausage meal. We had ordered a side of curry sauce and gravy as well as two bread buns. But after opening the fish and chips and the sausage meal, that bread was definitely not needed. It was enough food to feed an army. The batter was thin and crispy: I can't have fish and chips without scraps and the amount I got at no extra cost made my day. It sounds daft but at a chippy, I do have a habit of straying away from fish. I find that it can be either too soggy, buried by batter or even just quite oily. The batter itself can be greasy or burnt but here, that wasn't the case. Jumbo sausage and chips (Image: Jess Grieveson-Smith) Flakes of meaty fish amongst the golden batter, it almost felt like an upper class chippy. The meals had arrived piping hot and plentiful: there was nothing to complain about. It didn't seem as though the fish had sat above the fryer for a while as takeaways sometimes do and it seemed everything had been cooked to order.
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. The jumbo sausages we'd ordered were delicious but there didn't seem to be much jumbo about them. They weren't particularly bigger than a regular and strangely enough, despite me having ordered a regular size meal, I ended up with more chips. I admitted defeat with my meal and so it wasn't as though my partner had been left hungry: he'd hoovered up my left overs and between us, there was still some to spare. We both commented on the gravy: a generous, thick portion, it was exactly how we liked it. The curry sauce was the same and equally tasty. Fish and chips might be a bog-standard takeaway but this meal didn't seem bog-standard at all. The flavours were rich and our portion sizes plentiful. Does it earn the title of Yorkshire's favourite? Unclear. I had a disappointing experience when I visited the Wetherby Whaler but I feel like it wouldn't be fair to compare them: the chips at Drakes were undoubtedly better: fluffy but still crispy on the outside. Yet at the Whaler, I opted for a battered beef burger, purely to try something different on the menu. For the most accurate picture, I should really volunteer to work my way around Yorkshire's chippy but that might just be stretching it too far. I would without a doubt say that Drakes does earn its place as a top contender and with customers at the Ripon branch dubbing it the best in the city, I would agree. DELIVERY SPEED: We got our grub in just over 15 minutes. We couldn't quite believe it! 5/5 FOOD TEMP: The food was hot but not piping. However, it had obviously travelled the distance from the store to our home. 4/5 VALUE FOR MONEY: The amount of food we got could have fed a large family, never mind just the two of us. Yet it was still pricey for fish and chips. £1.80 for gravy? Scandalous! 3/5 TOTAL BILL: 2x bread cakes - £2.40 1x curry sauce - £1.80 1x gravy - £1.80 1x haddock and chips - £8.35 1x two jumbo sausages and chips - £6.60 2x portions of scraps - FREE You can find the latest food and drink news from across the region by visiting our What’s On homepage. There you can also find guides for great days out across Yorkshire also. Read Next: Pollino's review: We tried the old Halifax Working Men's Club turned Italian Bistro We tried the Yorkshire seaside town pub named the best on the coast We tried the new Doncaster bakery where people queue out of the door for treats I spent a day picking strawberries in the sun for £5.95 and loved it Big Smoke review: The new Doncaster opening you simply have to visit
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