The UK's top five fish and chip restaurants have been announced by the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
The shortlist includes:
• Mister C's in Selby, North Yorkshire
• Harbour Lights in Falmouth, Cornwall
• The Fisherman's Wife in Whitby, North Yorkshire
• Pelican Fish & Chips in Barnstaple, Devon
• Seafresh Restaurant in Victoria, London
To get to this stage and secure a place as in the top five, the restaurants have been appraised by industry experts across a wide variety of judging criteria including, responsible sourcing policies, menu diversification, restaurant facilities and appearance, staff training and development practices, and marketing and promotional activity. They have also received mystery shopping assessments to ascertain customer service levels and the quality of the fish and chips on offer.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, commented: "With the popularity of fish and chip dining establishments on the increase, the restaurant dining experience has now come up to par with the traditional fish and chip takeaway.
"Many consumers are now looking to dine out when eating their fish and chips, reinforcing the importance of this award category - we must recognise and reward our country's best fish and chip restaurants for providing a stellar customer dining experience.
"The high level of standards and professionalism embedded within our finalists this year is outstanding. They are worthy ambassadors for our industry and are a prime example of why the UK is the home of the world's best fish and chips."
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