A CHESTER fish and chip shop has been shortlisted as one of the best new fish and chip shops in the UK.
Blackstocks on Northgate Street will now attempt to out-fry the other shortlisted shops in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2014.
Open to independent shops that have been open for less than two years, the best newcomer award recognises fledgling businesses that have excelled.
Gareth Gordon, owner and manager of Blackstocks, said: “This is such a great boost for the team.
“We entered because we thought it would be good for us as a shop but also to motivate the staff and get them the recognition they deserve.
“We were highly commended last year having only been open three months, so we’re hoping to do even better this time round.
“We pride ourselves in our fresh and contemporary approach to our casual dining expe rience as well as sourcing all of our produce locally.”
Blackstocks will be up against fish and chip shops in Nottingham, Harpenden, Frome, Morpeth, York and Hartlepool.
Each shortlisted shop will now receive a mystery judging visit from an industry specialist who will assess their performance in a variety of areas.
The winner will be announced in a grand awards ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel on January 22.
Andrew Marriott, brand and marketing manager of award sponsor Frymax, said: “Fish and chips is a great British tradition and will remain a favourite takeaway as long as the quality of the meal and the standards of customer service and hygiene are of the highest.
“The best newcomer award rewards those new shops who are excelling in these areas of their businesses.”
Paul Williams, CEO of Seafish, who organise the awards, said: “The best newcomer award is a great indicator of what the future holds for the food service industry.
“It acknowledges the new and successful people entering the trade from many different backgrounds and careers, and celebrates their achievements thus far.”