The UK's top 60 fish and chip shops competing for the title of Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year as part of the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards have been announced.
Organised by Seafish, each outlet from 10 different regions, was judged by industry experts and visited by a mystery diner. The shops are assessed on criteria including product quality, sustainable sourcing, marketing and customer service.
The next stage will be to whittle down the top 60 shops to the final 10, the result of which will be announced in October.
The final 10 will be invited on a study trip to Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council to see first-hand why Norway is regarded as one of the world's most sustainable fishing nations
The winner of all categories in the National Fish & Chip Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel on 20 January 2015.
Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, said: "These awards have not only improved the industry standards by consistently rewarding and testing businesses, they have also raised positive awareness of the issues surrounding sustainable fishing practices and encouraged shops to implement sustainable sourcing.
"Last year we witnessed some of the highest calibre of entrants ever. The bar is constantly rising and we can't wait to see the top fryers battle it out this year."
For the full list of the top 60 visit www.fishandchipawards.com