A North-east fish and chip shop battered off tough competition at this year’s 25th annual National Fish and Chip Awards to be named the best in the UK.
The Bay Fish and Chips of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire who currently hold the title of Scotland’s No1 Chippy were last night (January 24) named the best in the country scooping the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year award.
The Bay beat off nine other finalists from around the country all competing for the top accolade at theprestigious industry awards, which were held at the Lancaster London hotel, attended by around 650 guests.
As well as being crowned the country’s best takeaway fish and chip shop for 2013 The Bay also won the Good Catch award, which recognises retailers within the industry that have shown the initiative in improving the environmental practices of their business.
Andy Gray of the marketing and promotions department at Seafish, who organise the awards, said: “Calum and his team are to be commended for their efforts and determination throughout the entire awards process and are to be congratulated for taking the top accolade. The Bay set exceptionally high standards with regards to best practice in the responsible sourcing of raw ingredients and also pay great attention to informing theircustomers as to where and how the fish that they enjoy, comes from.”
Owner of The Bay, Calum Richardson said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named the best in the UK. We narrowly missed out on the title last year and have worked really hard since to better the business and our policies. The award is a great accreditation for thebusiness and a great feeling for the staff and for all their hard work. We’ve gone to a lot of effort to ensure we source only the best produce for our customers.”
The Bay is run by husband and wife team Calum and Lindsay Richardson who share a drive and focus for sustainability, local produce, the environment and their local community, placing them in a leading position within the industry.
The multi award winning business has been highly recognised over the last year and has received many accolades for its commitment to sustainability and the environment. The Bay has a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) placing them as one of the highest rated restaurants in the UK and were the first fish and chip shop to achieve an MSC Chain of Custody for North Sea Haddock, insuring full traceability of all the haddock suppers from sea to plate.