The ten shops to make it to the last hurdle in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award have been announced.
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips, Fife, Scotland
Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips, Rhonda Cynon Taff, Wales
The Dolphin Takeaway, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Millers Fish & Chips, Haxby, York
Fylde Fish Bar, Southport, Merseyside
The Golden Carp Chippy, Redditch, Worcestershire
Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Henley's of Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex
Captain’s Fish and Chips, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Harbourside Fish & Chips, The Barbican Plymouth
The news follows the latest round of judging in which industry experts made unannounced visits to shop premises to undertake full business audits and additional appraisal of the fish and chips and level of customer service that were on offer.
The 10 shops must now compete in a final judging stage in January which involves a presentation in front of a panel of judges. The overall winner will be announced the following day at The National Fish & Chip Awards.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, added: “The Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive, and it is renowned for its competitive nature rewarding only the best of the best in the industry.
“Entrants are judged on every element of running a successful fish and chip business; from the product itself to how they are responding to wider industry issues like responsible and sustainable sourcing of key ingredients. By the time the awards ceremony comes around, our finalists have gone through a comprehensive seven-month judging process.
“Having watched our 10 finalists progress through the competition, I can safely say that their skill and dedication is outstanding - they are a true representation of the crème de la crème of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world.
“I look forward to welcoming them all to the final awards ceremony and crowning 2018’s best fish and chip takeaway in the UK.”
The 10 UK finalists will now go on an expenses paid study trip to Norway, courtesy of sponsors the Norwegian Seafood Council. Visiting the port city of Ålesund, they will discover and learn all about the supply chain of Frozen At Sea (FAS) fish from Norway to the UK. They will also have the chance to witness the whole fishing process; from catch to processing and filleting, and learn about the science behind Norway’s successful fishery management policies and practices, making it one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.