Chip shop earns "plaice" in national finals

Date: Monday 10th September 2018

A PENRITH chip shop has been dubbed the best in the North West and in the top 10 nationally.

Angel Lane Chippie, owned by Dan Harding and his father Dave since 2007, will now "batter it out" with the other finalists to be named the champion of the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards.

Organised by Seafish, the annual National Fish & Chip Awards is a UK wide competition celebrating excellence in the fish and chip industry. Each of the top 10 will now fry high to become the best shop in the UK.

Determining who makes it in to the top 10 fish and chip shops isn’t as simple as tasting the delicious fish and chips. Each shop is also assessed on sustainable sourcing, menu innovation, marketing, staff training and customer service.

The shops now head in to a final stage of judging in London next January before the overall winner is crowned.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive of Seafish, said: “It’s not possible to reach this stage of the competition without displaying true quality in every aspect of running a fish and chip business, so these 10 shops should be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved so far.

"It’s that commitment to quality in all areas that make The National Fish & Chip Awards such a great experience for all involved.

“We’ve been lucky to see an incredibly high standard of entrant since we started this competition 31 years ago, and we can say with certainty that this year’s top 10 display just as much talent and passion for the industry as any winner we’ve seen to date. Best of luck to everyone in the final.”