Everyone loves some good fish and chips! And most every shop keeper would tell you that theirs where the best. But that then leaves the question, who’s truly are the best? Can it even be determined? A group called Seafish has set out to find the best Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award.
Before I tell you who are the 10 finalists, let’s take a look at what it takes just to get here. The shops are appraised by industry experts who are interesting in a range of topics from innovation, sustainable sourcing procedures, training of staff and even the shop’s marketing. Of course there are also mystery shoppers that can give information as to customer service and the final quality of the food.
Each of these shops have been selected as the top shop in their given region. Just making this list is quite an honor for a shop. Here are the 10 finalists
Fochabers Fish Bar in Fochabers, Moray (Scotland)
Henninghan’s Top Shop in Machynlleth, Powys (Wales)
The Dolphin Takeway in Dungannon, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland)
Miller’s Fish and Chips in Haxby, North Yorkshire (North East England)
Hodgson’s Chippy in Lancaster, Lancashire (North West England)
Oldswinford Fish & Chips in Dudley, Stourbridge (Midlands)
Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Eastern England)
Henley’s of Wivenhoe in Wivenhone, Colchester (London & South East England)
Godfrey’s Fish and Chips in Harpenden, Hertfordshire (Central & Southern England)
Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plympton, Plymouth (South & West England)
The next step is that each shop will have to give a presentation to a panel of specialist judges. They will have to show how they run a profitable business, share a plan for future development and be quizzed on a broad range of topics related to the industry.
The final juding is scheduled for January 2017 and will be held in London.