Four fish and chip shops have been recognised as being the best of the best when it comes to catering for customers with food allergies and intolerances, having made the shortlist at this year’s Free From Eating Out Awards 2017.
David's Fish and Chips in Brixham, Vinegar Jones in Cumbria, Olley's Fish Experience in South London and The Fish Factory in West Sussex are all finalists in the Creme da la Creme award, which is open only to outlets that have proven their expertise by winning their category in previous years. They are up against seven other outlets which include pubs, restaurants and a university.
Meanwhile, a further nine shops have made the final of the Fish & Chip Shop category, sponsored by Middleton Foods
. They are David's Fish and Chips in Devon, Fraser's Fish & Chips in Cornwall, Hirds Family Fisheries in Halifax, Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Plymouth), Rockfish in Devon & Cornwall, Something Else Fishy in Dorset, The Real Food Café in Perthshire, Vinegar Jones in Cumbria and Welcome Stranger in Cornwall.
Both shortlists were chosen following an initial paper-based entry, which quizzed outlets on their allergen awareness and their practices when catering for free from requirements. This was followed up by an incognito visit designed to assess the quality of the food and to ensure that the protocols described in the entry form are put into practice.
The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise excellence in allergen aware free from catering in the food service sector.
Awards director Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, comments: “Excellent entries once again. It is so encouraging to see the enthusiasm shown by many of our entrants to ensure that those who have to eat freefrom can have just as good an experience as their non-freefrom companies - sometimes, indeed, better.”
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 21st November, the first day of the Food Matters Live Event at London’s Excel.