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UK’S Top Fish & Chip Shops Announced…

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The UK’s top 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 62 shops will now compete for the ultimate accolade – Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award– and aim to claim 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, customer service and staff training processes, marketing and promotional flair, and how they attract new customers to fish and chips.

Over the coming weeks, shops will be subjected to further judging as they receive mystery shopping assessments. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing a UK top 20 that will subsequently compete to be crowned with a prestigious ‘regional’ title. Following a further judging stage, the overall national winner will be announced in January after a seven-month long judging process.

Handing over the crown in January 2017 will be current champions, Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, winners of the 2016 Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award.

James and Bonny Ritchie of Simpsons Fish & Chips commented: “Winning the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards was a life changing experience and a moment we’ll treasure forever. It meant so much to us as a family – I genuinely can’t put it into words.

“From the moment we were crowned winners we saw a dramatic increase in business across both our takeaway and restaurant. The award has given us real recognition and respect, and has opened many doors we wouldn’t even have dreamed were possible.”

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 shop footfall and turnover and media fame through overseas industry study trips; 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 title. I wish all contenders the best of luck as they move onto the next stage of judging and look forward to seeing who comes out on top.”

Culminating in an awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel 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.

For further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards or to view the full top 60 shortlist online 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.

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.

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

Fochabers Fish Bar 19 High Street Fochabers Moray IV32 7DX

Low’s Traditional Fish and Chips Unit 4 Westill Shopping Centre Old Skene Road Westhill Aberdeenshire AB32 6RL

Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway Forehill Cafe 19a Mount Oliphant Crescent Ayr Ayrshire KA7 3EN

Palombo’s of Balloch 40 Balloch Road Balloch West Dunbartonshire G83 8LE

The Plaice To Be 2 Stonyhill Avenue Kilmarnock Ayrshire KA14JE

Region: Wales Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Powys. Andrews Fish Bar 32 High Street Welshpool SY21 7JP

Hennighan’s Top Shop 123 Maengwyn Street Machynlleth Powys SY20 8EF

Simply Fish & Chips 31 Rhyl Road Denbigh Denbighshire LL16 3DT

Simply Fish & Chips 36 Tynewydd Road Rhyl Denbighshire LL18 3SP

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

Hooked @ 31 31 West Street Fishguard Pembrokeshire SA65 9AL

Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips 36 High Street Hirwaun Aberdare Rhondda Cynon Taf CF44 9SW

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

Raffos 786 Springfield Road Belfast County Antrim BT12 7JD

Spinnaker 10-12 Knockchree Avenue Kilkeel County Down BT34 4BP

Superbites Cardinal O’Fiach Square Crossmaglen County Armagh BT359HG

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

The Friary 78 Prince Andrew Way Carrickfergus County Antrim BT38 7TB

The Frying Squad 9 Balloo Road Bangor County Down BT19 7PG

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

Pantrini’s Fish and Chips 11-13 Marine Avenue Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear NE26 1LX

Pantrini’s Fish and Chips Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre 19 Claremont Crescent Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear NE26 3HL

North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire Miller’s Fish and Chips 55 The Village Haxby North Yorkshire YO32 2JE

Whitby’s Restaurant & Takeaway Leicester Avenue Doncaster South Yorkshire DN2 6DR

Whiteheads Fish and Chips 6 The Greenway Hornsea East Yorkshire HU18 1SL

Region: North West England Cumbria, Lancashire Hodgson’s Chippy 96 Prospect Street Lancaster Lancashire LA1 3BH

Pisces 92 Poulton Road Fleetwood Lancashire FY7 6TF

The Fish and Chip Plaice 75 Hazelhurst Drive Garstang Lancashire PR3 1TN

Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire Fylde Fish Bar 117 Fylde Road Marshside Southport Merseyside PR9 9XP

Papas 68 School Brow Warrington Cheshire WA1 2TA

The Big Blue 177 Knutsford Road Warrington Cheshire WA4 2QL

Region: Midlands West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire Chesters 151 Sheffield Road Chesterfield Derbyshire S41 7JH

Oldswinford Fish & Chips 140 Hagley Road Dudley Stourbridge West Midlands DY8 2JD

Seafish Restaurant 68 Cromford Road Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3FP

Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire Catchems End Catchems End 134 Kidderminster Road Bewdley Worcestershire DY12 1DL

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

Winyates Chippy Unit 4 Winyates Centre Redditch Worcestershire B98ONR

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

The Cod’s Scallops 170A Bramcote Lane Wollaton Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG8 2QP

The Elite Fish & Chip Company 2 Grantham Road Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 7NB

Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire Grosvenor Fish Bar 8 Lower Goat Lane Norwich Norfolk NR2 1EL

My Plaice Fish and Chips 45 Baker Street Gorleston Norfolk NR31 6QT

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

Olley’s Fish Experience 65-69 Norwood Road London SE24 9AA

Poppies Fish & Chips 6-8 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR

Poppies Fish & Chips 30 Hawley Crescent Camden London NW1 8NP

Sussex, Kent, Surrey Papa’s Barn 497 London Road Ditton Kent ME20 6DB

Seafare St. Johns 104A Hermitage Road Woking Surrey GU21 8TQ

Region: Central & Southern England Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire Arlesey Fish and Chip Shop 9 High Street Arlesey Bedfordshire SG15 6RA

Godfrey’s Fish and Chips 41 High Street Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 2SD

Ridgeway Fish Bar 7 The Quadrant St Albans Hertfordshire AL4 9RA

Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire J Henry’s Fish & Chips 5 Upper Northam Road Southampton Hampshire SO30 4DY

Sonny’s Traditional Fish and Chips 52 Sandy Lane Fair Oak Eastleigh Southampton Hampshire SO50 8GB

The Codfather 6 Botley Road Southampton Hampshire SO30 2HE

Region: South & West England Devon, Cornwall, Somerset Dornan’s Fish & Chips Dornan’s Fish & Chips 10 Summercourt Way Brixham Devon TQ5 0DY

Kingfisher Fish and Chips Chaddlewood Shopping Centre 6b Glen Road Plympton Plymouth Devon PL7 2XS

Krispies 57 Exeter Road Exmouth Devon EX8 1PX

Wiltshire, Dorset, Avon Ashley’s Fish and Chips 121-123 Belle Vue Road Southbourne Bournemouth Dorset BH6 3DJ

Bennett’s on the Waterfront 14 Trinity Road Weymouth Dorset DT4 8TJ

Bishopston Fish Bar 264 Gloucester Road Bristol Avon BS7 8PB

Due to tied judging scores there are some differences in the amount of shortlisted shops in some of the competition areas.

For further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards or to view the full top 60 shortlist online Follow @FishnChipAwards on Twitter for all the awards news and information.

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