Nearly 100 fish and chip shops shortlisted for national award

22 September 2009 by
Nearly 100 fish and chip shops shortlisted for national award

Nearly a hundred fish and chip shops have been shortlisted for the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year competition 2009.

Now in its 22nd year, the competition, which organised by the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish), recognises the quality, value and choice offered by fish and chip shops across the UK.

Nikki Hawkins, foodservice and events manager at Seafish, said fish and chip shops are increasingly focused on sustainability.

"As customers become more aware of environmental issues, fish and chip shops are stocking alternative varieties of fish and taking responsibility for ensuring a sustainable future for the industry and our awards reflect this change," she said.

The 100 shortlisted chippies, who will be assessed by mystery judges, will be whittled down to 19 area winners in October and 10 finalists thereafter. The winner will be announced at a grand final held in January.

The mystery judges will assess the chip shops on product quality, customer service, hygiene, staff training and approaches to sustainable sourcing.

Previous winners of the competition have seen profits increase by up to 40% within months of winning the award, according to Seafish.


Area 1: Scotland - Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife
Low's Traditional Fish & Chips, Westhill, Aberdeenshire
The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
Bollinii's of Alva, Falkirk
The Real Food Café, Perthshire
Dom's Chip Shop, Thornton, nr Kirkcaldy, Fife

Area 2: Scotland - Lothian, Strathclyde, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway Atlantic Fast Food Ltd, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
The Fish Stop, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
Palombos, Balloch, North Lanarkshire
The Palace, Helensburgh, West Dunbartonshire
La Dolce Vita, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

Area 3: Wales
Zero Plus, Cardiff
Finnegan's, Port Talbot
Finnegan's, Bridgend
Finnegan's, Porthcawl
Top Gun, Cardiff
Fish Tram Chips, Llandudno

Area 4: Northern Ireland The Galley, Annalong
Flash in the Pan, Omagh
John Dorys, Holywood Road, Belfast
John Dory's, Ballygowan Road, Belfast
Fish and Chicken, Ballymena

Area 5: North East England - Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear
Colman's of South Shields, Newcastle
Beedles Chippy, Bishop Auckland
Bell's Fish & Chips, Durham
Pantrini's, Whitley Bay
Fryers Plaice, Newcastle

Royal Fisheries, Whitby
Whiteheads Fish & Chips, Hornsea
Quayside, Whitby
Mister C's , Selby
Hillycroft Fisheries, Morley

Area 7: North West England - Cumbria, Lancashire
Seniors at Marsh Mill, Thornton
Richardson's Fish Bar, Fleetwood
Senior's, Lytham
Thornton Fisheries, Thornton Cleveleys
Metro Fish Bar, Bury

Area 8: North West England - Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire Fosters Fish & Chips, Alderley Edge
The Big Fish, Cheshire
Langley Friery, Middleton
Foz's Fish Bar, Failsworth
Fiveways Fisheries, Stockport

Area 9: Midlands - Warwickshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire Our Plaice, Hagley
Our Plaice, Halesowen
The Frying Pan, Birmingham
Pye Green Fish Bar, Cannock
Pete's Chippery, Nuneaton

Area 10: Midlands - Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Kenny's, Worksop
Andy's Fish Bar, Melton Mowbray
Andy's Fish Bar, Swadlincote
Atlantis Fish Bar, Kettering
JM's Fish & Chips, Retford

Area 11: Midlands - Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire
Our Plaice Ltd, Kidderminster
Alfie Grimshaw, Kenilworth
Riverside Fish & Chips, Bridgnorth
Ray's Fish Bar, Shrewsbury
Good Frydays, Bristol (Gloucestershire)

Area 12: Eastern England - Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Rutland Linford's, Market Deeping
The Boundary, Market Deeping
Littleport Fish & Chips, Ely
Elite, Lincoln
Elite, Ruskington

Area 13: Eastern England - Suffolk, Norfolk Seafare at Fishes, Norwich
Fish N Chick N, Ipswich
Mother Hubbards, Swaffham
Deep Blue , Bury St Edmonds
Albert's Fish Bar, Holt

Area 14: London & South East England - Greater London, Middlesex, Essex
Fish House, London
Scooby Snax, Brightlingsea
Fish N Chick N , South Woodham
Fish N Chick N, St John's, Colchester
Fish N Chick N, Hutton
Fish N Chick N, Knares, Basildon

Area 15: London & South East England - Sussex, Kent, Surrey
Seafare, Burpham
Seafare, Woking
Deep Blue, Godalming
Seafare, Guildford
Minnie Bertha's, Bexhill on Sea

Area 16: Central & South England - Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire
Pepe's, Luton
Broughton Fish & Chips, Milton Keynes
Fish N Chick N, Royston
Fish N Chick N, Bishops Stortford
Fish N Chick N, Baldock

Area 17: Central & South England - Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire
Fish N Chick N, Bracknell
The Plaice, Winchester
Seafare, Aldershot
Tails 2, Southampton
Brothers, Isle of Wight

Area 18: South West England - Devon, Cornwall
Frydays, Seaton
Peck-ish, Camelford
Chippies Plaice, Newton Abbot
Squires, Paignton
Portminster Beach Café, Portminster

Area 19: South West England - Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon, Dorset
Farrows, Totterdown, Bristol
Alf's, Weymouth
Daniel's, Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth
Daniel's, Littlemoor Centre, Weymouth
Daniel's, Portland Road, Weymouth

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