Today is National Fish and Chip Day where we celebrate one of Britain's most beloved takeaway meals.

The annual event shines a light on the takeaway meal.

The Echo has compiled the best fish and chip shops in Southend, according to Tripadvisor.

1. The Peterboat

This Leigh pub comes in at the top of the leaderboard for venues which serve fish and chips.

Found on the High Street, the Peterboat has a 4.5 rating out of five.

The pub proves popular among diners, with one saying "excellent fish and chips" with another adding "a lovely pub with great views of the bay."

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2. The Bellhouse 

The pub in Rayleigh Road, Leigh, finishes second in the rankings with 4.5 stars. 

Fish and chips at the venue where described as 'superb' and 'tasty'. 

3. Oldham's Fish and Chips

Found in Westcliff, on West Road, this fish and chippy is one of the highest rated, receiving an average of 4.5 stars out of five.

Reviews read as "the best fish and chips for miles" and "by far the best fish and chips in Essex."

4. Oliver's on the Beach

The restaurant on Western Esplanade has been rated 4.5 stars. 

One reviewer said of the fish and chips: "The fish and chips were lovely and hot and of good quality."

Another said: "Probably the best fish and chips we have eaten in a long time."

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5. The Dining Room

The Leigh based restaurant is also rated 4.5 on TripAdvisor. 

One reviewer said: "My Mum chose the fish and chips for main dish. My Mum raved afterwards that it was the best battered fish she'd ever had and was served just how she likes it, with a thin crispy batter that was light and non greasy."