Ten fledgling fish and chip shops making a name for themselves have been announced as finalists in the Best Newcomer category at the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards.
• Alma Park Fish Bar, Grantham, Lincolnshire
• Felixstowe Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, Suffolk
• Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove, Chester, Cheshire
• FishFace, Lichfield, Staffordshire
• Hook and Line, Leeds, West Yorkshire
• Knights of Pontefract, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
• Paignton Pier Chippy Co., Paignton, Devon
• The Bearded Sailor, Leeds, West Yorkshire
• The Fisherman’s Kitchen, Southsea, Portsmouth
• The Friary, Beauly, Inverness-shire
Each of these entrepreneurial start-ups has been judged against a variety of criteria including the level of innovation displayed when running a fish and chip shop, knowledge and understanding of sustainability and responsible sourcing of products, customer service levels and the quality of fish and chips they serve.
For the next stage, judges will make unannounced mystery dining visits where they will carefully examine each of the businesses to determine a top three.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, commented: “The Best Newcomer category shows that it is possible to excel as a fish and chip shop, even in the very early years of operating. Hard work, determination and commitment to quality in all areas will be repaid with results and this is what has led each of these shops to the semi-final of this award.
“These 10 shops are off to a flying start on their fish and chip journey and should be congratulated for making their business such a success in a short period of time. Good luck to all in the next round.”
Andrew Marriott, UK brand and marketing manager for award sponsor Frymax, added: “Sponsoring the Best Newcomer Award category is a real pleasure. Every year it provides further proof that the UK’s passion for serving quality fish and chips is alive and well. These ten semi-finalists have demonstrated their commitment, work ethic and love of all things fish and chips.
“Each of them should be proud of the impact they’ve already made on the industry given that they’ve only been trading for a short time. We wish them all the best in the next round of judging.”
The winner will be announced at the National Fish & Chip Awards ceremony in London on 24th January 2019.