Low’s Traditional Fish & Chip Shop, in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, took the crown as the finalists of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award were announced by Seafish.
The annual National Fish & Chip Awards, a UK wide competition celebrating true excellence in the fish and chip industry, sees 10 finalists battle it out to become the best shop in the UK.
Low's, who narrowly beat out The Fish Hoose in Thornton, Fife, to take the Scottish title, will now compete with other finalists from England and Wales.
Each of the shops who made it into the final have been assessed on sustainable sourcing, menu innovation, marketing, staff training, marketing and customer service.
The full list of businesses who will 'batter it out' for 'first plaice', in alphabetical order, are:
· Angel Lane Chippie, Penrith, Cumbria
· Captain’s Fish and Chips, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
· Dolphin Takeaway, Dungannon, County Tyrone
· Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall
· Krispies Fish & Chips, Exmouth, Devon
· Low’s Traditional Fish & Chips, Westhill, Aberdeenshire
· Mister C's, Selby, North Yorkshire
· Olley's Fish Experience, Herne Hill, London
· Papa's Fish and Chips, Cleethorpes, LincolnshireThe Crispy Cod, Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taf
These top 10 finalists will now head to a final stage of judging in London next January before the overall winner is crowned.
Marcus Coleman, chief executive officer at 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 Low’s Traditional Fish & Chip Shop 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.”
The winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 31st anniversary ceremony in London on 24 January 2019.