Whittled down from an earlier judging round top 20 shortlist for the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award - one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards - the six restaurants Iin alphabetical order) that will now compete to clinch the title of 'UK's best fish and chip restaurant' are:
- Eric's Fish & Chips, Thornham, Norfolk
- Poppie's Fish & Chips, Soho, London
- Something Else Fishy, Sherborne, Dorset
- The Cod's Scallops, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
- The Pelican, Barnstaple, Devon
- Trenchers Restaurant, Whitby, North Yorkshire
To reach this stage of the competition, the finalists have been assessed by industry experts across a wide variety of judging criteria including responsible sourcing policies, menu diversification and innovation, restaurant facilities and appearance, staff training and development practices, and marketing and promotional activity. They have also received mystery shopping assessments to evaluate customer service levels and the quality of the fish and chips on offer.
Over the coming weeks, the finalists will be subjected to further in-depth judging audits to assess both the front and back-of-house operations. This final stage of competition judging will determine the overall national winner who will be announced at the 30th anniversary awards ceremony.
Award sponsor Alan Pearce, Field Sales Manager at Goldensheaf, added: "As the UK's leading batter mix producer, with a heritage of over 60 years, we can identify with the importance of being recognised as a quality performer within the fish and chip industry.
"This award category rewards those that provide an outstanding fish and chip dining experience for their customers, while continually striving to improve their standards and diversify their offering. We congratulate the 5 restaurants in reaching the final of the competition and wish them the best of luck in London next January 2018."
The winner of the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards' 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018.
Prior to the awards ceremony, shortlisted businesses will embark on an educational study trip in early December to North East Scotland's fishing port of Peterhead, organised by Seafish. They will have the chance to discover and learn about the catching, processing and supply of cod and haddock from North East Scotland to other parts of the UK, in addition to meeting a variety of members of the wider seafood industry.