Three-way race for fish shop title
THE finalists of the Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award category of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2013 have been announced and Rockfish in Dartmouth has made the list.
Rockfish will now have to outshine fellow finalists, Quayside in Whitby and Poppies in Spitalfields, in their bid to take the title.
The three restaurants will now be visited by a further mystery judge who will decide the overall winner.
The award will be presented at a glitzy evening ceremony at the prestigious Lancaster London hotel in London on January 24.
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The award celebrates the UK's best independent fish and chip restaurants and focuses on every aspect of running a fish and chip business including the premises, product, staff, customer service and commitment to responsible sourcing.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards, making the event even more special and each category all the more coveted.
Rockfish owner Mitch Tonks (pictured above) said of the nomination: "We're pleased to be nominated, of course, as the judges are the top of the tree when it comes to fish and chips.
"They know good fish and chips when they taste it and I'm glad they think that's what we serve at Rockfish. We maintain high standards right across the board 365 days a year, so getting some recognition for that is a nice feeling."
Rockfish have entered the awards every year since opening in 2009 and have been shortlisted each time. They made the final of the Best Newcomer Award category in 2009 and in 2010. Mitch employs 25 staff for his 65 seater restaurant.
Paul Williams, CEO of Seafish, said: "This award recognises restaurants who are committed to excellence in all aspects and the judge is determined to pick a worthy winner.
"The judging criteria is diverse with responsible sourcing, customer service and staff training procedures among the areas assessed. The three finalists must ensure they excel in every area of their business to stand a chance of winning."
The National Fish and Chips Award 2013 are organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood.
Seafish supports the UK seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future.