After a second stage of judging, the top 20 shops in the 2018 Independent Fish & Chip Takeaway Award have been announced.
The list was whittled down from 60 after each shop was assessed against a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing activity.
Over the coming week, the top 20 will be subjected to further assessment with judges making unannounced visits to undertake full business audits and additional appraisal of the fish and chips on offer. This next judging stage will determine a top 10 list of shops that will progress to the final stage of the competition to be held in London in January 2018.
Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife, Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips
Hennighan's Top Shop
Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips
Region: Northern Ireland
The Dolphin Takeaway
Region: North East England
Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire
Fish and Chips At 149, Barnard Castle
Millers Fish & Chips
Region: North West England
Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
Fylde Fish Bar
Seniors, St Davids Road North
West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire
Oldswinford Fish & Chips
The Golden Carp Chippy
Region: Eastern England
Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire
Burton Road Chippy
Platten’s Fish and Chips
Region: London & South East England
Greater London, Middlesex, Essex, Sussex, Kent, Surrey
Henley's of Wivenhoe
Newington Fish Bar
Region: Central & Southern England
Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire
Best Fry, Southampton
Captain’s Fish and Chips
Region: South & West England
Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Avon,
Bishopston Fish Bar
Harbourside Fish & Chips
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, said: “Our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest accolades in the fish and chip industry. Showcasing the best talent from across the UK, this category is renowned for its competitive nature.
“Since the awards launched 30 years ago, our judging criteria has evolved and adapted to mirror the development of our industry. Not only are the shops judged on the product itself, but they are also assessed across every aspect of running a successful business as well as how they are responding to wider industry issues including responsible and sustainable sourcing of raw ingredients. Taking all the criteria into consideration, I’d like to congratulate our top 20 for reaching this stage of the competition as it is no easy feat - I look forward to seeing who makes it through to the UK final.”
The winner will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25th January 2018.