Five newbie chip shops are proving their salt by making the shortlist for the Newcomer of the Year category at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2024.
A Salt ’n’ Battery in Crowle, Lincolnshire, Evans Fish Bar in Powys, Wales, and Redcloak Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Scotland, have all made it through alongside two shops from Yorkshire – Ings Fish Bar in Redcar and Mackerel Sky in Stamford Bridge.
The businesses, which all opened their doors on or after 1st January 2022, have been assessed against on their industry knowledge, environmental and sustainability practices, employer standards and of course, their ability to produce the tastiest chip shop favourites.
The will now face a mystery shop visit and an interview to decide who will make it to the final on 28th February in London where the winner will be revealed.
Andrew Crook, president at the National Federation of Fish Friers, which organises the awards, comments: “To be acknowledged for an award in less than two years of trading in such a tough climate for the fish and chip industry is demonstrative of just how hard these friers have worked to get their businesses up and running.
Andrew Marriott, UK brand & marketing manager for Frymax, which sponsors the Newcomer award, added: “To launch a quick-service business post-pandemic and during an economic crisis is not for the faint hearted and what persistence, willpower and impressive determination these exceptional chip shops are displaying.
“Supplying our oil to UK chip shops for over 70 years, Frymax has been and is an integral part of the trade so seeing exciting new arrivals like these makes us even more proud to support the industry.”