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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-09

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North West England's top fish and chip shops announced

FYLDE Fish Bar in Southport, Merseyside where revealed Wednesday, 13 September 2017, as the top fish and chip shop in North West England as part of the 30th Anniversary National Fish and Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

Following rigorous judging, 10 businesses have been shortlisted for the:- 'Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award,' 1 of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish and Chip Awards.

The 10 shops, representing the best of the best of British fish and chips, will now compete in a final judging stage for this top accolade and aim to be crowned number 1 in the UK.

Hailing from across the UK*, the 9 other finalists in what are considered to be the 'Oscars' of the fish and chip industry are:-

Cromars Classic Fish and Chips in St Andrews, Fife (Scotland)
Penaluna's Famous Fish and Chips in Hirwaun, Rhonda Cynon Taff (Wales)
The Dolphin Takeaway in Dungannon, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland)
Millers Fish and Chips in Haxby, North Yorkshire (North East England)
The Golden Carp Chippy in Redditch, Worcestershire (Midlands)
Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Eastern England)
Henley's of Wivenhoe in Wivenhoe, Colchester (London and South East England)
Captain's Fish and Chips in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire (Central and Southern England)
Harbourside Fish and Chips in Plymouth, Devon (South and West England)

Bianco and Jodie Zeniou, Directors of Flyde Fish Bar, commented:- "We're so unbelievably happy to be shortlisted in the top 10, it's our first time entering this category so to get to this stage is an incredible result. We have been involved in the awards in the past and were lucky enough to have made it through to the UK's top 10 for 'Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year', so to now be recognised for our takeaway offering is just fantastic.  Our whole team are on a high right now; we hope to put Southport on the map by becoming this year's winners!"

To make this final stage of the competition, Fylde Fish Bar has had their frying skills put to the test as well as being assessed against a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing activity.

Judges also made unannounced visits to shop premises to sample the fish and chips and level of customer service on offer and undertake a full business audit.

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, said:- "We Brits have had a love affair with fish and chips for well over a century, with the somewhat humble dish of white, flaky fish coated in crispy batter with a side of hot, fluffy chips now renowned as Britain's national dish. For most of us, the love of fish and chips is much more than the food itself; it's the nostalgic memories of seaside holidays with the family or Friday night suppers after a hard week that come to mind. With few being able to resist the mouth watering combination, the awards ensure that high quality standards are upheld so that future generations can enjoy our nation's favourite takeaway. The skill and dedication of our 10 finalists this year is outstanding; they are a true representation of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world."

Speaking of their success in last year's awards, reigning champions Nikki Mutton and Craig Maw of Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, added:- "We were absolutely elated when we won the title of best fish and chip shop as part of the 2017 National Fish and Chip Awards. We've been so busy serving our brilliant customers that we've actually had to hire more than 10 new members of staff since winning the title in January."

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 witness the whole fishing process; from catch to processing and filleting, and have an opportunity to learn why Norway is 1 of the world's most sustainable fishing nations.

The overall winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish and Chip Awards' 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018. For more information visit:- FishAndChipAwards.Com.

* 10 businesses are shortlisted across 10 judging regions:- Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Midlands, Eastern England, London and South East England, Central and Southern England and South West England.


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