What a difference a week makes!
Only one week ago the Top 20 for the Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Award 2018 were announced as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. Now a week on, that number has been narrowed down once again!
Each of the 10 regions now have their top chippy named, each of whom will go on to battle it out to become the nation's number 1.
Here at Friars Pride, we are very excited to have customers who have made the top 10 as finalists for all of the areas that we cover!
The Top 10 by Region are listed below:
- Midlands (Friars Pride Region)
The Golden Carp Chippy
Unit 8 Matchborough Centre
- Eastern England (Friars Pride Region)
Burton Road Chippy
169 Burton Road
- London & South East England (Friars Pride Region)
Henley's of Wivenhoe
9 Vine Parade
- Central & Southern England (Friars Pride Region)
Captain's Fish & Chips
60 High Street
- South & West England (Friars Pride Region)
Harbourside Fish & Chips
35 Southside Street
Cromars Classic Fish & Chips
1-3 Union Street
Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips
36 High Street
Rhonda Cynon Taff
- Northern Ireland
19 Georges Street
- North East England
Millers Fish & Chips
55 The Village
- North West England
Fylde Fish Bar
117 Fylde Road
The 10 UK finalists will now go on an expenses paid study trip to Norway, courtesy of sponsors the Norwegian Seafood Council. Visiting the port city of Ålesund, finalists will discover and learn all about the supply chain of Frozen At Sea (FAS) fish from Norway to the UK. They will also have the chance to witness the whole fishing process; from catch to processing and filleting, and learn about the science behind Norway’s successful fishery management policies and practices, making it one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.
The 10 regional winners will now progress to the final stage of judging to be held in London in January 2018. Facing a specialist judging panel they’ll be quizzed on a range of industry related topics and be required to demonstrate how they successfully run a profitable business and plan for future development.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “The Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive, and it is renowned for its competitive nature rewarding only the best of the best in the industry.
“Entrants are judged on every element of running a successful fish and chip business; from the product itself to how they are responding to wider industry issues like responsible and sustainable sourcing of key ingredients. By the time the awards ceremony comes around, our finalists have gone through a comprehensive seven-month judging process.
“Having watched our 10 finalists progress through the competition, I can safely say that their skill and dedication is outstanding - they are a true representation of the crème de la crème of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world.
The overall winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018.
For more information visit www.fishandchipawards.com or follow @FishnChipAwards #FishnChipAwards.