FISH and chip shops across the country are getting a battering because of soaring prices.

The average price of a portion of fish and chips is heading towards the £5 mark in some parts of the country.

Because of a recent rise in wholesale prices of North Sea cod and potatoes, the price of the nation's favourite takeaway has almost doubled.

But chippies in Huddersfield say they are not concerned by the news, despite being forced to increase costs.

Tom Czajkow- ski, manager of Tribells Fish Resturant at John William Street, has put up the price of fish and chips by 10p to £2.90.

He said: "We have been forced by the market because the prices have gone up from 20 to 30%.

"At the minute trade has not been affected - when we put the prices up, customers keep coming back, so we are not too concerned."

Staff member Leanne Taccersley from Olde England Fisheries at New Street says her shop's portion of fish and chips has gone up from around £2.70 to £3.

She said: "The prices have gone up a bit, but only because of gas and electric bills, so we haven't been affected by the market increase."

The fish and chips industry is worth a staggering £1.2bn.

There are more than 10,500 chippies in the UK, and over 255m meals are sold each year-twice as many as Indian takeaways.

The industry has a turnover of more than £500m and employs more than 61,000 people.

Cod is the most popular fish sold in fish and chip shops.