[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The UK’s top 20 fish and chip shops have been announced by the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Shortlisted as part of the awards which are widely considered as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry, the 20 shops will now compete in the next round of the competition, with the prize being a place in the national final and the opportunity to attain the ultimate accolade – Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year – and lay claim to the title of ‘best fish and chip shop’ in the UK.
Hailing from every part of the country*, the contenders have had to fry at the top of their game as they faced rigorous judging to secure a top spot. To reach this stage they have been appraised by industry experts across a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes, and marketing and promotional activities. They also received mystery shopping assessments by industry experts to ascertain customer service levels and the quality of their fish and chips.
Over the coming weeks, shops will be subjected to further mystery shopping assessments and in-depth judging audits. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing the UK top 10 regional winners that will compete for the overall national title to be announced in January 2017 after a seven-month long judging process.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive. Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including increased customer footfall and turnover and media fame; some have even launched their own branded products.
“Receiving this award is the pinnacle of many friers’ careers, but only one can take home the eventual overall national title. Before then, I would like to offer up my congratulations to the shortlisted businesses and wish them the best of luck as they battle for the regional titles.”
Joint award sponsor Jack-Robert Møller, 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 all-expenses paid 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.”
Culminating in an awards ceremony in London on 26 January 2017, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 13 different award categories.
Following initial judging, listed businesses have been shortlisted in their respective geographical area, in the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards – and will now progress to the next round of competition judging. Businesses in each geographical area listing are ranked alphabetically and not in any particular scoring order.
Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife Fochabers Fish Bar 19 High Street Fochabers Moray IV32 7DX www.fochabersfishbar.co.uk
Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway
The Plaice To Be 2 Stonyhill Avenue Kilmarnock Ayrshire KA14JE
Region: Wales Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Powys.
Hennighan’s Top Shop 123 Maengwyn Street Machynlleth Powys SY20 8EF www.hennighans.co.uk
Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Rhonda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil.
Hikary’s Fish Bar 74 Briton Ferry Rd Neath Port Talbot SA11 1AP http://hikarysfishbar.com
Region: Northern Ireland Co. Fermanagh, Co. Tyrone, Co. Derry, Londonderry, Co. Antrim, Co. Down, Co. Armagh
Fish City 33 Ann Street Belfast County Antrim BT1 4EB www.fish-city.com
The Dolphin Takeaway 19 Georges Street Dungannon County Tyrone BT70 1BT www.dolphindungannon.co.uk
Region: North East England Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear
Fish and Chips At 149 36 Galgate Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8BH http://149fishandchips.co.uk
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
Miller’s Fish and Chips 55 The Village Haxby North Yorkshire YO32 2JE www.millersfish.co.uk
Region: North West England Cumbria, Lancashire
Hodgson’s Chippy 96 Prospect Street Lancaster Lancashire LA1 3BH http://hodgsonschippy.com
Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
Fylde Fish Bar 117 Fylde Road Marshside Southport Merseyside PR9 9XP www.fyldefishbar.co.uk
Region: Midlands West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire
Oldswinford Fish & Chips 140 Hagley Road Dudley Stourbridge West Midlands DY8 2JD http://oldswinfordfishandchips.co.uk
Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
The Golden Carp Chippy Unit 8 Matchborough Centre Redditch Worcestershire B98 0BQ
Region: Eastern England Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Burton Road Chippy 169 Burton Road Lincoln Lincolnshire LN1 3LW www.burtonroadchippy.co.uk
Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire
Traditional Fish & Chips 2 Steeple Court Cambridge Street St. Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 1QB
Region: London & South East England Greater London, Middlesex, Essex
Henley’s of Wivenhoe 9 Vine Parade Wivenhoe Colchester Essex CO7 9HA www.henleysfishandchips.co.uk Sussex, Kent, Surrey
Papa’s Barn 497 London Road Ditton Kent ME20 6DB www.papasbarn.co.uk
Region: Central & Southern England Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire
Godfrey’s Fish and Chips 41 High Street Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 2SD www.godfreyschips.com Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire
Sonny’s Traditional Fish and Chips 52 Sandy Lane Fair Oak Eastleigh Southampton Hampshire SO50 8GB www.southamptonfishandchips.co.uk/sonnys
Region: South & West England Devon, Cornwall, Somerset
Kingfisher Fish and Chips Chaddlewood Shopping Centre 6b Glen Road Plympton Plymouth Devon PL7 2XS www.kingfisherfishandchips.co.uk
Wiltshire, Dorset, Avon
Bishopston Fish Bar 264 Gloucester Road Bristol Avon BS7 8PB www.bishopstonfishbar.co.uk
For further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards or to view the full top 60 shortlist visitwww.fishandchipawards.com. Follow @FishnChipAwards on Twitter for all the awards news and information.
*Shops compete 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=”3659”][/vc_column][/vc_row]