Finalists for the Best Foodservice Operator Award – one of 14 award categories – are (in alphabetical order):
- fish! Borough Market, London
- The Little Brown Jug, Tonbridge, Kent
- The Woodmans Arms, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
This category is open to outlets where fish and chips are included on the menu but is not the core offering – including pubs, restaurants, leisure outlets, cafes and hotels. To reach this stage of the competition, finalists have been assessed against a wide variety of judging criteria including responsible sourcing policies, preparation and cooking techniques, promotional activity and menu innovation.
Over the coming weeks businesses will face additional mystery diner judging audits to assess levels of customer service and the quality of fish and chips on offer. This final stage of judging will determine the overall national winner who will be announced at the London awards ceremony in January.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “This award is proof that you can taste high quality fish and chips in places other than fish and chip takeaways and restaurants. This award celebrates businesses that don’t solely focus on producing fish and chips, but nevertheless go the extra mile to create great quality fish and chips and provide customers with a memorable dining experience.”
Award sponsor Alan Pearce, Field Sales Manager at Kerry Foodservice added: “With more and more pubs, canteens, restaurants and cafes committed to serving high quality fish and chips, we’re proud to be a sponsor of an award category that recognises the excellent meal offerings and customer service offered via such outlets. These finalists don’t solely focus on producing fish and chips, but nevertheless serve some of the best quality product in our trade – proof that you can taste high quality fish and chips in places other than traditional takeaways. Congratulations to them all and we wish them the best of luck in the final round of judging.”
The winner of the Best Foodservice Operator Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 31st anniversary ceremony in London at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on 24 January 2019.