A chip shop in Ripley is the plaice to eat after being named one of the top takeaways in the Midlands.
Seafish Restaurant, on Cromford Road in Ripley, has been shortlisted for the 2017 National Fish and Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
There are six chippies in the region which will now compete for the ultimate accolade - Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – and aim to claim the title of ‘best fish and chip shop’ in the UK.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive.
“Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including increased shop footfall and turnover and media fame through overseas industry study trips; some have even launched their own branded products.
“Receiving this award is the pinnacle of many friers’ careers, but only one can take home the title.
“I wish all contenders the best of luck as they move onto the next stage of judging and look forward to seeing who comes out on top.”
The National Fish and Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK.
Over the coming weeks, the shops will be subjected to further judging as they receive mystery shopping assessments. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing a UK top 20. Following a further judging stage, the overall national winner will be announced in January after a seven-month long judging process.
The little things make a big difference
Manager of the Seafish Panny Apostolu said: “It feels fantastic to be shortlisted again. “This is the fourth year we have been nominated and the furthest we ever got was the top ten in the country which was a great achievement but I hope we can go all the way this time.”
Panny said that it is not just frying fish that makes a good chip shop.
He said: “It is the little things that make a big difference like making sure everything works behind the scenes from training to promotions.
“The team work so hard and I hope we do well.”