October 12th, 2017

The UK’s top 20 fish and chip restaurants have been revealed today as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

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Shortlisted as semi-finalists for the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award – one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – the 20 shops will now compete for a place in the final and the chance to clinch the title of ‘UK’s best fish and chip restaurant’.

Hailing from across the UK, the 20 restaurants in what are considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip industry are:

Catch Seafood in Halifax, West Yorkshire

Craft & Harbour in Ayr, South Ayrshire

Eric’s Fish & Chips in Thornham, Norfolk

Fish ‘n’ Fritz in Weymouth, Dorset

Food in the Park in Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Longsands Fish Kitchen in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Poppie’s Fish & Chips in Camden, London

Poppie’s Fish & Chips in Soho, London

Tailend in Dundee, Angus

Tailend in St Andrews, Fife

The Atlantic in Redruth, Cornwall

The Cod’s Scallops in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

The Fish Factory in Worthing, West Sussex

The Fishermans Wife in Whitby, North Yorkshire

The Pelican in Barnstaple, Devon

The Rembrandt Restaurant in Norwich, Norfolk

The Scallop Shell in Bath, Somerset

Trenchers Restaurant in Whitby, North Yorkshire

Upstairs at No1 Cromer in Cromer, Norfolk

Whitby’s Fish & Chip Restaurant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

To reach this stage of the competition, the 20 restaurants have been assessed against a wide variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, responsible sourcing policies, staff training and development processes, and marketing and promotional activity.

Over the coming weeks, judges will make unannounced visits to respective restaurants to undertake mystery dining assessments. This next stage of competition judging will whittle down the shortlist and establish the top five fish and chip restaurants that will compete for the overall national title to be presented at the 30th anniversary awards ceremony.

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “With the popularity of fast casual dining on the increase, the fish and chip restaurant experience has now come up to par with the traditional fish and chip takeaway, and we are seeing a whole host of innovative and forward thinking outlets come to the fore.

“The rigorous judging process behind this award ensures that not only the quality of the fish and chips being plated up is of the highest standard, but that the restaurants are offering customer dining experiences that are second to none.

“The top 20 restaurants should be extremely proud of their achievements and I congratulate them all.”

The winner of the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018.

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