It’s official: Stonehaven has the UK’s top ‘‘chippie’’ after The Bay was named the best British fish and chip shop for 2013.
The shop, run by Calum Richardson and his wife, Lindsay, was announced as Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 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.”
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.