Chippy named top fish and chip shop in Merseyside, Greater
Manchester and Cheshire
FOSTERS Fish &
Chips, in Alderley Edge, has been named the best chippy in the area
in the latest stage of the national Fish & Chip Shop of the Year
Owner Gareth Foster was awarded the title after beating off
competition from a record number of other shops to go through to the
next stage of the competition, which is in its 21st year.
It will now go head to head against Thornton Fisheries of Thornton-Cleveleys
to be crowned best in North West England and possibly go on to reach
the ultimate goal of being the best in the UK.
To get this far, the shop has already been voted for by its
customers. A mystery judge from competition organisers Seafish, the
authority on seafood, then undertook an assessment which deemed it
to be the pick of the crop in the area. Across the UK, 20 other
shops have made it this far.
The next stage of judging will whittle that number down to the best
ten shops in the UK. Fosters Fish & Chips will now undergo a
rigorous assessment including checks on its product quality, staff
training, innovation, customer service, shop décor and cleanliness,
staff hygiene and food preparation techniques. Shops also face
questions regarding their policies on sourcing seafood from
Gareth Foster said:- “Getting to this stage of the competition
recognises the hard work we’ve put in over the years. We deliver the
best fish and chips time after time it’s great for our customers to
know that they are getting the best in the area. We’ll be doing all
we can to make sure we make it through to the next round.”
Andy Gray, competition judge at Seafish, said:- “The shops
reaching this stage have consistently shown high standards by
offering quality fish and chips and great value for money. In the 21
years the competition has been running, standards have risen
considerably across the UK. Shops are now offering a much wider
range of seafood and modern frying techniques have reduced the
amount of fat, making fish and chips a relatively healthy option as
Fosters Fish & Chips will know if it has made it through to the
final ten shops in early November and the national winner will be
presented with the overall winner’s crown by TV chef Simon Rimmer at
a London ceremony in January 2009.
The runners up in the area were:-
· Foz's Fish Bar, Manchester
· Frydays, Manchester
· Harpers, Southport
· The Grapes Fish & Chip Shop, Wigan
This announcement follows the release of NPD Crest statistics
revealing fish and chip shops throughout the UK have seen an
increase in customers and sales for the first time in five years.
The number of people going to fast-food restaurants rose by 3.2 per
cent in the first quarter of 2008 compared to the previous year.
With nearly 276 million meals sold each year from over 10,500 shops,
fish and chips remains the nation’s favourite takeaway. Devotees can
also tuck into their fish and chips knowing that they contain 36 per
cent less calories than a chicken korma and pilau rice, and 42 per
cent less fat than a doner kebab with pita and salad. Recent studies
also showed that fish and chips had the lowest salt content of all
the takeaways tested.
Karim MEP calls for EU to rethink sheep tagging plans
LOCAL MEP, Sajjad Karim, has
signed up to a campaign asking the European Union to reconsider
electronic tagging of sheep, which would add considerable costs onto
local farmers and could result in the degradation of our
Under current plans, from 2010 all sheep will have to be
electronically tagged (EID), as a measure to prevent the spread of
disease. However, the costs of these tags will be considerable for
farmers, at around £1.50 each, and there is no evidence that they
will improve animal health beyond that experienced with the current
batch-based reporting system in the UK.
The UK has a third of the entire sheep population of the EU; 33
million animals; and 90,000 sheep producers, so we would be
Sajjad Karim MEP, has signed a 'written declaration'
parliament - similar to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons
- calling for the scheme to be made voluntary, at least until the
technology advances sufficiently to bring the price down
Sajjad Karim MEP stated:- "The tags are expensive and offer no
benefits to animal health.
We already have an effective
batch-based reporting system which works very well in the UK and we
should stick with it.
The current system in the UK works
well, and North West farmers will ask why we need to burden them
with extra costs.
There may be a time for electronic
tagging of sheep, but the technology is just not ready for it yet.
If the North West was to lose its
sheep farmers, we would also lose some of our beautiful landscapes,
so this decision affects us all."
- UEFA Football Hall of Honour Awards
- Photographs by Ian Andrew
LIVERPOOL honoured as
Ex-footballers and managers attended the UEFA Hall of Fame in
Liverpool, at the Liverpool Arena last week. This was the first time
it has been held at the Arena and it attracted many well known faces
like Sir Alex Ferguson and Michelle Platini to name just a few.
Hall of Honour Awards
- Photographs by Ian Andrew
IN town was Julia Baired who is
John Lennons sister. Pictured here by Big Pictures photographer Ian,
she was at the opening of the new John Lennon exhibition at the
Beatles Story in Liverpool's Albert Dock last week. Also in
attendance was Heartbeat and Liverpool actor Jack Marsden who bought
John Leenons original imagine jacket and donated it to the Beatles