That Golden Krispie Moment

For Tim and Kelly Barnes

The 31st National Fish and Chip Awards run by Seafish, the Oscars of the Fish and Chip industry, was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 24th January

Celebrating the best of the Fish and Chip industry and hosted by Phil Vickery, attendees were treated to a superb lunch including Roast Fillet of Norwegian Cod as a prelude to the various awards.

The big prize and the title of the best was awarded to Tim and Kelly Barnes, owners of Krispies Fish and Chips in Exmouth, Devon.

Captain’s Fish and Chips in Hertfordshire and Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips in Aberdeenshire took second and third prize respectively.

Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish, added Krispies have beaten the best fish and chip shops in the business to win this prestigious award and we’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to them for what is a truly superb effort. Their final presentation to the judging panel was truly first class, with their passion for fish & chips evident throughout.

“The National Fish & Chip Awards have been raising the bar in the industry for 31 years and we know how much it means to operators to win what is a notoriously tough competition.

“Securing the title of best fish and chip shop in the UK will transform Krispies’ business and we hope that they are incredibly excited for what’s in store for them when they take the title back to Devon. Congratulations again, thoroughly deserved.”

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Another worthy winner, recognised for his contribution to the industry was Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers, who was rewarded for his long standing contribution to the fish and chip industry, receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award. A 19 year veteran of fish and chips, Andrew has served as NFFF president since 2017.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates an individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry and has played an instrumental part in advancing innovation. This may not necessarily be through long service but more an individual who has made an important impact on fish and chips, either in the short or long term.

Andrew’s own fish and chip shop is called Skippers of Euxton, Chorley, Lancashire. He follows in the footsteps of his late father who was also a previous President of the NFFF and a winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at The National Fish & Chip Awards in 2010.

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, comments: “The aim of the National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the rest of the fish and chip industry to aspire to. When searching for our outstanding achiever, representatives from across all parts of the fish and chip industry are invited to nominate a person deserving of recognition, and Andrew’s nomination is one that the industry was wholeheartedly behind.

“Through his unstinting hard work and endeavour on behalf of the wider fish and chip industry, Andrew is an extremely worthy winner, and it’s a privilege being able to reward his life-long passion and commitment to the fish and chip trade. Warmest congratulations to Andrew on his outstanding achievement.”

The full list of winners for each of the 12 additional award categories are:

Best Newcomer Award:

Fish & Chips @ Weston Grove, Upton, Chester

NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award:

Blacks Finest Fish & Chips, Halton, Lancashire

From Field to Frier Award:

Papa’s Fish & Chips, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Good Catch Award:

Frasers Fish & Chips, Penzance, Cornwall

Staff Training and Development Award:

Krispies, Exmouth, Devon

Marketing Innovation Award:

Nana Jan’s Buckshaw Village, Chorley

Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award:

Trenchers Restaurant, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Top Foodservice Operator Serving Fish and Chips:

The Little Brown Jug, Tonbridge, Kent

Best Seafood Week Campaign:

Quayside Restaurant & Fish Bar, Gourdon, Aberdeenshire

Healthy Eating ‘Fish and Chips’ Award:

Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon

Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award:

Dodson’s Fresh Catch, Morley, Leeds

Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition:

Lauren Kellaway, Kellaway’s Fish and Chips, Truro, Cornwall

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