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Britain’s best chippie

Published by FiskerForum, 27-01-2017 · info@fiskerforum.dk

Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plympton, Plymouth has been crowned the best fish and chip shop in the UK today after frying out on top at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.

The shop scooped the ultimate title - Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year – at the awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London – an event widely regarded as the Oscars of the fish frying industry.

To secure the top spot, Kingfisher Fish and Chips had to progress through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process over a seven month period; encompassing several mystery shopping assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, reviewing everything from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification, as well as customer service and the quality of fish and chips.

Commenting on their award win, shop owners Nikki Mutton and Craig Maw said: ‘We are absolutely elated! We’ve entered this award three times now, coming second last year, so to go all the way is amazing – I guess three really is a charm.’

‘We’ve only owned the shop for four years and have already achieved some amazing things; we have the world’s most sustainable seafood menu, are one of only two fish and chip businesses in the UK to have a 3 star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, along with over 25 industry and non-industry awards, but I have to admit that winning this award is the pinnacle of our careers. We’ve worked hard to take sustainability to the next level and this is at the core of our business. We’re proud to offer over 12 Marine Stewardship Council certified fish species, but we’ve not stopped there; we even use QR codes to let customers trace the journey of their fish, from sea to place.’

Ben Bartlett, Master Craftsman of the Craft Guild of Chefs, and a member of this year’s final judging panel, commented this was definitely Kingfisher’s year.

‘They stood out immediately for their extensive knowledge and experience, robust sourcing policies, forward-thinking approach, and continual business growth,’ he said. ‘With inspiring passion, they are consistently looking to improve their offering and strive for perfection – making them extremely worthy winners and the perfect ambassadors for the fish and chip industry.’

‘The aim of the National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry,’ said Seafish Chief Executive Marcus Coleman.

‘Every year Seafish sees new and more established talent vie for the top title. The judging process is extremely challenging with shops thoroughly being put through their paces, but this year, it was Kingfisher’s boundless enthusiasm and commitment that made them stand out as a clear winner. We wish them all the best as they begin their journey as the UK’s top shop, but also thank them for helping us to reinforce the UK’s reputation as the home of the world’s best fish and chips.’

Source: Seafish

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