The UK’s 60 top fish and chip shops have been revealed today (August 6) making up the shortlist for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, the flagship category in the 2020 National Fish & Chip Awards.
The full shortlist can be seen at https://www.seafish.org/article/finalists-and-winners
Organised by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, The National Fish & Chip Awards are the UK’s premier awards for fish and chips. The awards recognise outstanding businesses across the country that are serving incredible fish and chips and providing excellent customer service. Shortlisted businesses have gone above and beyond to secure their place in the shortlist stage of the competition and showcase the nation’s favourite takeaway dish.
It’s not just about food quality, there are a wide variety of additional factors that make these businesses outstanding, including:
- Excellence in the sustainable sourcing of key ingredients
- Staff training and development policies and opportunities for young people
- Creation of innovative menu options for those with allergies and dietary requirements
There are a number of rigorous judging stages to be named the best fish and chip shop in the UK including mystery shopping visits to shops, full business performance audits of premises followed by presentations to an industry judging panel. The UK Top 60 shops will now go forward to the next round of judging in a bid to make the UK Top 20 shortlist stage.
Fish and chips is the healthiest of the traditional takeaways providing an excellent source of protein, and many essential vitamins and minerals. A portion of fish and chips can also contribute towards 1 of the recommended 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables, if mushy peas are included, and is one of the recommended two portions of fish a week that we should all be eating as part of balanced diet.
Fish and chip shops cater to a diverse range of lifestyle and health choices with small portions, gluten free options and various types of fish widely available. Innovation is key for many businesses, with fish and chip shops constantly evolving and adding options.