Chippy shortlisted in list of country’s best

A Castle Douglas chip shop has been shortlisted as one of the country’s best 60 in the National Fish and Chip Awards.

Announced on Tuesday, the shortlist of entries will now go forward to be judged in October.

Competing across 10 regions, the shops will now ‘batter’ it out as they vie for the ultimate title - Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.

The regions include: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Midlands, Eastern England, London & South East England, Central & Southern England and South West England.

In Scotland, Moore’s is up against Cameron’s Chip Shop, Stornoway; Cromars, StAndrews; Fochabers Fish Bar; The Trawler, Golspie; Forehill Cafe,Ayr and The Plaice To Be, Kilmarnock.

To get to this stage and secure a place in the coveted shortlist, shops have been appraised across a variety of judging criteria including responsible sourcing policies, marketing and promotional practices and staff training policies.

Over the coming weeks, they will be subjected to further judging as they receive mystery shopping assessments by industry expert.

In October, Seafish will announce the top 10 region winning shops competing for the flagship award. These shops will then be invited on an all-expense paid study trip to Ålesund, Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council, to witness first-hand why the country is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.

A final winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January,