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The final is getting closer as top 20 takeaways announced

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National Fish & Chip Awards

The National Fish and Chip Awards has named the 20 shops that have successfully made it to the next round of the Fish & Chip Takeaway of the Year Award.

Following intense assessment – which has seen entrants measured up against criteria such as environmental best practice, product knowledge and employer accountability – the original shortlist of 40 has now been halved and includes:

Yarm Road Fish and Chips, Darlington, Tees Valley

Lighthouse Fisheries of Flamborough, Bridlington, Yorkshire

Mister C’s, Selby, Yorkshire

The Fish Bank, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire

Auckley Friery, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Marina Fish & Chips, Skegness, Lincolnshire

Chips @No.8, Prestwich, Greater Manchester

Westend Fish and Chips, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

Angells Fisheries, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Bishopston Fish and Chips, Bristol, Bristol

French’s, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Seafare Guildford, Guildford, Surrey

Stones Fish and Chips, Ealing, London

Zero Plus Fish & Chips, Cardiff

Ship Deck, Caerphilly

Finney’s Fish and Chips, Benllech

The Fish Works, Largs

The Wee Chippy, Anstruther

Chipmongers Portstewart, Londonderry

Andrew Crook, president at the National Federation of Fish Friers, which organises the awards, says: “The level of detail we require entrants to provide hasn’t phased our shortlisted businesses and they are hitting every mark. The award officials have gone back and forth and around in circles choosing the 20 finalists; it’s not been an easy task, so what a brilliant achievement for those that are moving forward.”

Representing Seafood from Norway, the principal sponsor for the awards, Victoria Braathen, UK director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, adds: “The 20 fish and chip takeaways should be extremely proud to be another step closer to potentially claiming the coveted top title in celebration of the nation’s favourite dish. The Norwegian seafood industry is proud to support UK fish and chip shops, supplying responsibly sourced Norwegian cod and haddock to operators that value quality and provenance. We’re excited to see how the category contenders progress.”

Industry leaders will continue further review of the shortlist, including mystery visits to whittle it down to 10 finalists.

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