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
IV32 7DX www.fochabersfishbar.co.uk
Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway
The Plaice To Be
2 Stonyhill Avenue
Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Powys.
Hennighan’s Top Shop
123 Maengwyn Street
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
SA11 1AP http://hikarysfishbar.com
Region: Northern Ireland
Co. Fermanagh, Co. Tyrone, Co. Derry, Londonderry, Co. Antrim, Co. Down, Co. Armagh
33 Ann Street
BT1 4EB www.fish-city.com
The Dolphin Takeaway
19 Georges Street
BT70 1BT www.dolphindungannon.co.uk
Region: North East England
Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear
Fish and Chips At 149
DL12 8BH http://149fishandchips.co.uk
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
Miller’s Fish and Chips
55 The Village
YO32 2JE www.millersfish.co.uk
Region: North West England
96 Prospect Street
LA1 3BH http://hodgsonschippy.com
Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
Fylde Fish Bar
117 Fylde Road
PR9 9XP www.fyldefishbar.co.uk
West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire
Oldswinford Fish & Chips
140 Hagley Road
DY8 2JD http://oldswinfordfishandchips.co.uk
Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
The Golden Carp Chippy
Unit 8 Matchborough Centre
Region: Eastern England
Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Burton Road Chippy
169 Burton Road
LN1 3LW www.burtonroadchippy.co.uk
Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire
Traditional Fish & Chips
2 Steeple Court
Region: London & South East England
Greater London, Middlesex, Essex
Henley’s of Wivenhoe
9 Vine Parade
CO7 9HA www.henleysfishandchips.co.uk
Sussex, Kent, Surrey
497 London Road
ME20 6DB www.papasbarn.co.uk
Region: Central & Southern England Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire
Godfrey’s Fish and Chips
41 High Street
AL5 2SD www.godfreyschips.com
Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire
Sonny’s Traditional Fish and Chips
52 Sandy Lane
SO50 8GB www.southamptonfishandchips.co.uk/sonnys
Region: South & West England
Devon, Cornwall, Somerset
Kingfisher Fish and Chips
Chaddlewood Shopping Centre
6b Glen Road
PL7 2XS www.kingfisherfishandchips.co.uk
Wiltshire, Dorset, Avon
Bishopston Fish Bar
264 Gloucester Road
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.