The UK’s top three new fish and chip shops have been revealed today (Tuesday 31 October) as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish
Whittled down from a top 10 shortlist for the Best Newcomer Award - one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards - the finalists that will now compete to clinch the title of ‘UK’s best new fish and chip shop’ are:
• Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove in Chester, Cheshire
• Malt and Anchor in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
• Quayside Restaurant & Fish Bar in Gourdon,
To reach this stage of the competition, the three shops have been appraised across a variety of judging criteria including innovative approaches to running a new fish and chip shop, promotional activities and sustainable and responsible sourcing policies. They also received mystery shopping assessments by industry experts, evaluating both product quality and customer service levels.
Over the coming weeks the finalist shops will face further in-depth judging visits from an awards auditor, assessing both front and back-of-house operational aspects. This final stage of judging will determine the overall national winner who will be announced at the 30th anniversary awards ceremony.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “The future of the fish and chip trade relies just as much on new entrants coming into the industry as it does on the sustained success of established shops.
“The calibre of entries in this category continues to get stronger every year which is very encouraging. It’s no easy feat starting a new business, especially in an industry that is quite niche, extremely reputable and filled with thriving, long-established businesses.
“Our finalists should be applauded for their successful start in the world of fish and chips – they have taken the challenges and demands that come with a new business in their stride, demonstrating exceptional levels of commitment, talent and dedication. I hope other fish and chip start-ups are encouraged to follow their exemplary lead.”
Andrew Marriott, UK Brand and Marketing Manager for award sponsor Frymax, the leading all-vegetable frying fat for the fish and chip trade, added: “The standard of this year’s finalists seems to have scaled to new heights with three fantastic, high quality entries – whoever wins will be a great ambassador for our industry.”