November 18, 2009, 9:00 am

The 10 top fish and chip shops in the UK have been announced in the national Fish & Chip Shop of the Year competition.

The finalists will now go chip to chip in the national finals in a bid to win the highly coveted title of National Fish & Chip Shop of the Year 2009.

The successful fish and chip shops, in alphabetical order, are:
• Atlantic Fish Bar, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
• Broughton Fish & Chips, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
• Daniel’s Fish & Chips, Weymouth, Dorset
• Finnegan’s, Porthcawl in Mid Glamorgan, Wales
• Fish & Chicken, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
• Great British Eatery, Birmingham, West Midlands
• Linford’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Peterborough, Lincolnshire
• Metro Fish Bar, Bury, Lancashire
• Royal Fisheries, Whitby, North Yorkshire
• Scooby Snax, Colchester, Essex

Organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood, the competition recognises the quality, value and choice offered by fish and chip shops across the UK and rewards only the nation’s best with the sought-after title. Previous winners have seen their sales increase by 40 per cent within months of winning the competition.

Now facing the ultimate challenge, the 10 shops must present to a panel of industry experts to make their bid for the national crown. The shops must provide the judges with information about their business before answering questions from the panel of leading industry figures on a wide variety of business and industry-related topics including sustainable sourcing, health and safety and maintaining product quality.

Nikki Hawkins, competition judge and project manager for the competition at Seafish, said: “The standard of entrants continues to increase each year and we are witnessing fish and chips shops paying an increasing amount of attention to sustainable sourcing as well as offering quality, value and choice. This industry has come a long way in 22 years and competition for the National title only gets fiercer each year.”

The winner will be presented with the champion’s crown by popular TV chef, Aldo Zilli, at a ceremony on 21 January at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London.

With nearly 276 million meals sold each year from over 10,500 shops, fish and chips remains the nation’s favourite takeaway. Devotees can also tuck into their fish and chips knowing they contain 36 per cent less calories than a chicken korma and pilau rice, and 42 per cent less fat than a doner kebab with pitta and salad. Recent studies also showed that fish and chips had the lowest salt content of all the takeaways tested.


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