The UK’s top 20 fish and chip shops have been announced in the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.
Now the shops will compete in the next round of the competition to win a place in the national final and become the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award.
The shops have been visited by industry experts who looked at menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes, and marketing and promotional activities.
They also received mystery shopping assessments forcustomer service 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, said:
“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.”
Joint award sponsor Jack-Robert Møller, UK director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, added:
“In Norway, we’re proud to supply cod and haddock sourced from 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.”
Scotland Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife
Cromars 1-3 Union Street St.Andrews Fife
Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway
Moore’s Fish & Chips 254 King St Castle Douglas Dumfries & Galloway
Wales Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Powys
Hennighan’s Top Shop 123 Maengwyn Street Machynlleth Powys –
Northern Ireland Co. Fermanagh, Co. Tyrone, Co. Derry/Londonderry, Co. Antrim, Co. Down, Co. Armagh
Superbites 40 Cardinal O’Fiaich Square Crossmaglen County Armagh
North East England Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear
Pantrini’s Fish and Chips 11-13 Marine Avenue Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
Mister C’s 61-63 Micklegate Selby North Yorkshire
North West England Cumbria, Lancashire
Hodgson’s Chippy 96 Prospect Street Lancaster Lancashire
Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
Papa’s Fish & Chips 68 School Brow Warrington Cheshire
Midlands West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire
SeaFish Restaurant 68 Cromford Road Ripley Derbyshire
Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire
Simpsons Fish & Chips 73-75 Priors Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Eastern England Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
The Cod’s Scallops 170a Bramcote Lane Wollaton Nottingham
Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire
French’s Fish and Chips 10 The Quayside Wells
London & South East England Greater London, Middlesex, Essex
Poppies Fish & Chips 6-8 Hanbury Street London
Papa’s Barn 497 London Road Ditton Kent
Central & Southern England Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire
Cox’s of Letchworth 2 Arena Parade Letchworth
South & West England Devon, Cornwall, Somerset
Harbour Lights Arwenack Street Falmouth Cornwall