Fourteen fish and chip shops from right across the UK have made it through to the finals of this year’s British Takeaway Awards, in association with Just Eat.
Chippies are represented in eight of the 12 regional categories, with Churchill’s Fish & Chips making the final of the Best Restaurant Chain Award.
The regional winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 6th September, with one takeaway also being crowned Best Takeaway in Britain and receiving £5,000 cash and a media support package from Just Eat. The winner of the Best Restaurant Chain will receive £5,000 cash plus £200 per site to spend at the Just Eat shop.
The finalists are:
Central London - Brockleys Rock & Kennedy’s of Goswell Road
East Midlands - Chris’s Fish & Chips, Barwell, Leicester
South West - Cleve Fish Bar, Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire
North East - The Canny Cod, Newcastle upon Tyne
Yorkshire - Hirds Family Fisheries, Halifax
Scotland - Rollo’s Fish & Chips, Lanark, & Pepe's Fish & Pizza Bar, Lanark
Wales - Traditional No.8, Whitland, & Finneys @ Golden Fry, Benllech
Northern Ireland - Browns Fish & Chips and Feeley’s Fish & Chips, both in Belfast, and Manny's in Newtownabbey
Best Restaurant Chain - Churchill’s Fish & Chips
Commenting on securing a place in the final of Best Restaurant Chain, Paul Goodgame, managing director at The Chesterford Group, which owns the Churchill's brand, said: “We’re so pleased to make the final because it’s recognition for the team. In our industry this year, it’s been really brutal trying to cook fish and chips in face masks and trying to hear customers through screens so doing all that while producing great fish and chips and great service has been really hard.
“Also, most of our takeaways have exceed full capacity in terms of what they can cope with between 5-8pm over the last year and it’s been a changing world where the staff have had to deal with takeaways, delivery, click and collect and ticket systems. Trying to manage all that and still produce great food and great service is so difficult but I feel the staff have done that immensely well and it’s nice to gain recognition for doing that.
“We look forward to the finals in September when hopefully we’ll be in a position where we can all gather together and sit around a table to celebrate our achievements.”