25 Jan

The Bay Named UK’s Best Fish & Chip Shop For 2013


The Bay in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, has been crowned the best British fish and chip shop after ‘battering’ its rivals in the 25th National Fish and Chip Awards 2013 on Thursday evening (24 January). The shop, run by Calum Richardson and his wife Lindsay Richardson, was announced as Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2013 by comedian and awards host Rory Bremner at a glittering evening ceremony at London’s Lancaster London Hotel.

Ten of the UK’s best fish and chip shops fought hard for the top place, enduring an arduous judging process over the past few months, as well as presenting to a panel of industry judges in London in a Dragon’s Den style pitch. Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire earned second place, while Hanbury’s in Babbacombe, Devon came third.

The Bay, not content with winning the top award of the evening, also bagged The Good Catch Award, having shown great initiative in improving the environmentally responsible practices of their business and for their awareness-raising efforts regarding the importance of sustainably-sourced seafood.

Calum Richardson, owner of The Bay said: “To be named the best fish and chip shop in the UK is a massive honour and a dream come true.

“Over the last few years we have put so much effort into our business and take pride in what we produce and the service we give our customers.

“This is without doubt one of our biggest achievements to date and is a great opportunity for the business to grow. It is not without the hard work from all the staff, not to mention the support and loyalty shown by our customers and suppliers which has helped us win this award.

“To say we are delighted is an understatement and we can’t wait to take both awards back to take pride of place in our shop.

“If you want to win the award for the best fish and chip shop in the UK you need to be win The Good Catch Award. It’s a major tick in the box.

“We’re delighted to win this award – everyone should be embracing sustainability. For us it’s not just about saying you do something – it’s about proving you do it. The MSC’s Chain of Custody and ecolabel are a great way to demonstrate and assure everyone of our sustainable practice. ”

The Good Catch Award is sponsored by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and SeaWeb’s Seafood Choices as part of the Good Catch project. The issue of seafood sustainability is crucial in maintaining a vibrant future for marine life, fishing communities and seafood businesses that are reliant on healthy seas and natural resources. The Good Catch Award recognises fish and chip shops that have shown initiative in improving the environmentally responsible practices of their business and the seafood that they buy, serve and promote. This award also aims to encourage further progress across the fish and chip sector by increasing awareness of sustainably sourced seafood and the practical support available to businesses.

Helen Tiwari, MSC UK Commercial Manager (Foodservice) said: “This year the standard of entrants for the Good Catch Award was extremely high and very impressive.”

“We are delighted that the entrants come from all across the UK – it’s great to see that sustainability is taking hold everywhere! The finalists have really gone above and beyond this year and should be recognised as the UK leaders in fish sustainability in the fish and chip industry.”

The final 10 places were hard earned following earlier judging rounds which included an unannounced shop visits from industry judges. Shops were assessed on a wide variety of judging criteria including product quality, customer service, food preparation procedures, hygiene, innovation, staff training and development, promotional activity and approaches to sustainable sourcing.

Organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood, the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award recognises the wealth of quality, value and choice offered by the nation’s much loved independent fish and chip shops serving up Britain’s ‘national dish’. While there are no big cash prizes up for grabs at the awards ceremony, winning the title has in the past resulted in sales increases of up to 100 per cent for the winning shop.

Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Seafish, said: “The competition gets fiercer each year and this year was definitely no exception with the battle for top shop getting more difficult for the judges to determine.

“We applaud The Bay for their effort and determination throughout the entire awards process and congratulate them in taking the top accolade.

“The awards are extra special for us this time around as we celebrate our 25th year of recognising the UK’s best fish and chip shops, meaning the accolades were even more coveted.

“The exceptionally high standards of entrants across all the award categories demonstrates their continual commitment to the industry and the effort towards sustainability and protecting the industry so future generations can enjoy Britain’s favourite dish.”

Now in its 25th year, the National Fish & Chip Awards continue to be the most prestigious industry event for anyone involved in sourcing, producing and selling Britain’s most iconic dish.

Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award

1st place: The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

2nd place: Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

3rd place: Hanbury’s, Babbacombe, Devon

‘Fish and Chip Feast’ Fundraiser Award

Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Contribution to the Local Community Award

Alf’s Fish & Chips, Weymouth, Dorset

From Field to Fryer Award

Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland

Best Newcomer Award

Salt & Vinegar, Ferndown, Dorset

Young Fish Frier of the Year Award

Carlyn Kearney, Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland

The Good Catch Award

The Bay, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Staff Training & Development Award

Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland

Marketing Innovation Award

The Ashvale Fish Restaurant, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award

RockFish Seafood & Chips, Dartmouth, Devon

Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award

Pantrini’s, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

Best Foodservice Outlet Serving Fish and Chips Award

Multiple winner: Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Independent winner: The Real Food Café, Tyndrum, Perthshire

The Amanda Seafoods Challenge Award

Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland

NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award

The Chippy, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Outstanding Achievement Award

Mark Petrou of Petrou Brothers Fish and Chips,Ely and Chatteris