One of Fife’s leading fish and chip businesses, Cromars in St Andrews, has been named as one of the UK’s best fish and chip restaurants.
Cromars is competing for the Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award as part of the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Cromars will now ‘batter’ it out against fellow contenders – Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln, Lincolnshire; Fylde Fish Bar in Southport, Merseyside; Papa’s Barn in Ditton, Kent and Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – in a bid to be crowned the UK’s best fish and chip restaurant.
To secure a place as a top five finalist, Cromars had to excel during a rigorous judging process including mystery shopper judging visits.
The restaurant will enter one final round of judging before making its way to the prestigious awards ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel on January 20 where the overall national winner will be crowned.
David Lovell, business director of award sponsors Goldensheaf, said: “This award category rewards those businesses that strive to both provide the best fish and chip dining experience for their customers and to improve the standards in their business as a whole.
“We congratulate the five restaurants in reaching this tough stage of the competition and wish them good luck in the final.”
Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, said: “We are greatly impressed with the high standard and professionalism of entrants in this year’s awards. It was a challenging task to whittle down our finalists, so much so that we have shortlisted five restaurants instead of the usual three.
“The level of dedication and hard work shown by the finalists is admirable. I look forward to seeing who comes out on top at the final.”
The National Fish & Chip Awards recognise the quality, value and choice offered by fish and chip businesses across the UK.