The UK’s 20 best fish and chip shops have been revealed today as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Following rigorous judging, 20 businesses have been shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – aptly known as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip industry.
Representing the best of Great British takeaway fish and chips, they will now compete for their place in the national final and a chance to claim the ultimate honour of being crowned the best fish and chip shop in the UK.
Hailing from across the country*, the competing shops have had frying skills put to the test as well as being assessed against a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing activity.
Over the coming week, the top 20 will be subjected to further assessment with judges making unannounced visits to undertake full business audits and additional appraisal of the fish and chips on offer. This next judging stage will determine a top 10 list of shops who will progress to the final stage of the competition to be held in London in January 2018.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest accolades in the fish and chip industry. Showcasing the best talent from across the UK, this category is renowned for its competitive nature.
“Since the awards launched 30 years ago, our judging criteria has evolved and adapted to mirror the development of our industry. Not only are the shops judged on the product itself, but they are also assessed across every aspect of running a successful business as well as how they are responding to wider industry issues including responsible and sustainable sourcing of raw ingredients. Taking all the criteria into consideration, I’d like to congratulate our top 20 for reaching this stage of the competition as it is no easy feat – I look forward to seeing who makes it through to the UK final.”
Joint award sponsor Hans Frode Kielland Asmyhr, the new UK Director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: “We would like to offer a huge congratulations to the top 20 shops in the running for this prestigious award.
“In Norway, we’re proud to supply our deliciously sustainable Frozen At Sea cod and haddock sourced from the cold, clear waters of the Barents Sea to UK fish and chip shops. Each year we look forward to sponsoring the awards because it’s our chance to meet likeminded people who are equally passionate about our industry and who can share our enjoyment of high quality, sustainable fish.
“We’re also looking forward to hosting our annual study trip to Ålesund, Norway with the top 10 fish and chip shops. Inviting them to our homeland, they will be able to witness first-hand why the country is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.”
The winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018, following a seven-month judging process.
The below businesses have been shortlisted as Top 20 shops in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, as part of the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards.
Businesses in each geographical region are ranked alphabetically and not in any particular scoring order.
Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife, Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips
1-3 Union Street
KY16 9PQ www.cromars.co.uk
19a Mount Oliphant Crescent
All regions in Wales
Hennighan’s Top Shop
123 Maengwyn Street
SY20 8EF www.hennighans.co.uk
Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips
36 High Street
Rhonda Cynon Taff
CF44 9SW www.penalunas.co.uk
Region: Northern Ireland
All regions in N Ireland
Cardinal O’Fiach Square
The Dolphin Takeaway
19 Georges Street
BT70 1BT www.dolphindungannon.co.uk
Region: North East England
Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South
Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
Fish and Chips At 149
DL12 8BH http://149fishandchips.co.uk
Millers Fish & Chips
55 The Village
YO32 2JE www.millershaxby.com
Region: North West England
Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
Fylde Fish Bar
117 Fylde Road
PR9 9XP www.fyldefishbar.co.uk
198A St Davids Road North
FY8 2HU www.seniorsfishandchips.co.uk
West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire,
Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire
Oldswinford Fish & Chips
140 Hagley Road
DY8 2JD http://oldswinfordfishandchips.co.uk
The Golden Carp Chippy
Unit 8 Matchborough Centre
B98 0BQ www.golden-winyates-chippy.co.uk
Region: Eastern England
Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Norfolk,
Burton Road Chippy
169 Burton Road
LN1 3LW www.burtonroadchippy.co.uk
Platten’s Fish and Chips
NR23 1AH www.plattensfishandchips.co.uk
Region: London & South East England
Greater London, Middlesex, Essex, Sussex, Kent, Surrey
Henley’s of Wivenhoe
9 Vine Parade
CO7 9HA www.henleysfishandchips.co.uk
Newington Fish Bar
55 Newington Road
CT12 6EW www.newingtonfishbar.com
Region: Central & Southern England
Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire
83 High Street
SO30 3DS www.southamptonfishandchips.co.uk/bestfry
Captain’s Fish and Chips
60 High Street
EN11 8ET www.thecaptainsfishandchips.co.uk
Region: South & West England
Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Avon,
Bishopston Fish Bar
264 Gloucester Road
BS7 8PB www.bishopstonfishbar.co.uk
Harbourside Fish & Chips
35 Southside Street
PL1 2LE www.barbicanfishandchips.co.uk
*20 businesses are shortlisted across 10 judging regions: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Midlands, Eastern England, London & South East England, Central & Southern England and South West England.