The UK's top 20 Fish and Chip shops were announced on Tuesday 1st September 2015 as part of the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
To get this far in the competition the shops have had to be appraised across a variety of judging criteria including, shop appearance, responsible sourcing policies, customer service and staff training policies. They have also been assessed by a 'mystery shopper', who is an expert in the industry and assessed the quality of their fish and chips and customer service.
The remaining 20 shops still have to go through some grueling judging over the next few weeks, including, further mystery judging and in depth judging audits. This next stage will whittle the shops down to the top 10.
The official Top 20 shops that made the grade are:
Cromars, St. Andrewsa, Fife
Moore's Fish & Chips, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Hennighan's Top Shop, Machynlleth, Powys
Hikary's Fish Bar, Neath, Port Talbot
Superbites, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
The Dolphin Takeaway, Dungannon, County Tyrone
Pantrini's Fish and Chips, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
Mister C's, Selby, North Yorkshire
Hodgson's Chippy, Lancaster, Lancashire
Papa's Fish & Chips, Warrington, Cheshire
SeaFish Restaurant, Ripley, Derbyshire
Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Cod's Scallops, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
French's Fish and Chips, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk
Poppies Fish & Chips, London
Papa's Barn, Ditton, Kent
Cox's of Letchworth, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Sonny's Fish Bar (previously names Vic's Fish Bar), Eastleigh, Southampton
Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
Kingfisher Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon
(Due to tied judging scores, both above shops progress to the next round)
Bishopston Fish Bar, Bristol, Avon
The top 10 shops will be announced by Seafish in October 2015. These shops will then be invited on an all-expense paid study to Alesund, Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council, to see first hand why the country is regarded as one of the world's most sustainable fishing nations.
For full details and information visit The National Fish and Chip Awards