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National Fish & Chip Awards Reveal Top 20 Fish and Chip Shops…

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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.

Region: Scotland Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife, Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway Cromars Classic Fish & Chips 1-3 Union Street St Andrews Fife KY16 9PQ

Forehill Cafe 19a Mount Oliphant Crescent Ayr South Ayrshire KA73EN

Region: Wales All regions in Wales Hennighan’s Top Shop 123 Maengwyn Street Machynlleth Powys SY20 8EF

Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips 36 High Street Hirwaun Rhonda Cynon Taff CF44 9SW

Region: Northern Ireland All regions in N Ireland Superbites Cardinal O’Fiach Square Crossmaglen County Armagh BT359HG

The Dolphin Takeaway 19 Georges Street Dungannon County Tyrone BT70 1BT

Region: North East England Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire Fish and Chips At 149 36 Galgate Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8BH

Millers Fish & Chips 55 The Village Haxby York North Yorkshire YO32 2JE

Region: North West England Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire Fylde Fish Bar 117 Fylde Road Marshside Southport Merseyside PR9 9XP

Seniors 198A St Davids Road North St Annes Lancashire FY8 2HU

Region: Midlands West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire Oldswinford Fish & Chips 140 Hagley Road Dudley Stourbridge West Midlands DY8 2JD

The Golden Carp Chippy Unit 8 Matchborough Centre Redditch Worcestershire B98 0BQ

Region: Eastern England Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire Burton Road Chippy 169 Burton Road Lincoln Lincolnshire LN1 3LW

Platten’s Fish and Chips Quayside Wells-Next-The-Sea NR23 1AH

Region: London & South East England Greater London, Middlesex, Essex, Sussex, Kent, Surrey

Henley’s of Wivenhoe 9 Vine Parade Wivenhoe Colchester Essex CO7 9HA

Newington Fish Bar 55 Newington Road Ramsgate Kent CT12 6EW

Region: Central & Southern England Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire Best Fry 83 High Street West End Southampton Hampshire SO30 3DS

Captain’s Fish and Chips 60 High Street Hoddesdon Hertfordshire EN11 8ET

Region: South & West England Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Avon, Bishopston Fish Bar 264 Gloucester Road Bristol Avon BS7 8PB

Harbourside Fish & Chips 35 Southside Street The Barbican Plymouth Devon PL1 2LE

*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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ el_class=”sticky-container “][mnky_ads id=”2782”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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