Forget the Oscars and the Grammys. We’ve now got the shortlist for the most important, most prestigious award on the block.

Seafish has unveiled its top 20 shops and restaurants in the running to win a National Fish & Chip Award.

There are 14 categories in total, so each place does have a decent shot of taking home a title.

Each chippy will be judged on elements including sustainable sourcing policies, menu development, innovation, staff training, and promotion, as well as the general deliciousness of their fish and chips.

Over the next few weeks the chippies will undergo a phase of mystery diner judging inspections. Then the top 20 will be narrowed into a top 10 before the final stage of judging, which will be held in London in January 2019. It’s serious business.

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Seafish, said: ‘This flagship award category showcases the leading fish and chip businesses across the country.

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‘There’s a tremendous amount of talent to be seen across the Top 20, and we wish them all the best in the next round of judging as we know how much this competition means to all of them.’

We’ve got a few months to wait until the winners will be announced, so in the meantime do feel free to head along to each shortlisted candidate and pick your favourite.

The top 20 shortlist for the National Fish & Chip Awards:

  • Lows Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Aberdeenshire
  • The Fish Hoose, Fife
  • Shillingfords, West Glamorgan
  • The Crispy Cod, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Dolphin Takeaway, County Tyrone
  • Silverfin’s Traditional Fish & Chips, County Armagh
  • Mister C’s, North Yorkshire
  • Papa’s Fish and Chips, East Yorkshire
  • Golden Carp Chippy, Worcestershire
  • Winyates Chippy, Worcestershire
  • Angel Lane Chippie, Cumbria
  • Frydays of Kendal, Cumbria
  • Frydales, Leicestershire
  • Papa’s Fish and Chips, Lincolnshire
  • Olley’s Fish Experience, Herne Hill, London
  • Poppies Fish and Chips, Soho, London
  • Captain’s Fish and Chips, Hertfordshire
  • Sidney and Sons Fish and Chips, Hertfordshire
  • Harbour Lights, Cornwall
  • Krispies Fish and Chips, Devon

Once you’ve made your way through those, fill the time by visiting last year’s winning fish and chip spots.

Last year‘s best fish and chip shops:

First place: Millers Fish & Chips, Haxby, North Yorkshire

Second place: Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Third place: Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon

Best in Scotland: Fish & Chips, 1-3 Union Street, St Andrews, Fife

Best in Wales: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, 16 High Street, Hirwaun Rhonda Cynon Taff

Best in Northern Ireland: The Dolphin Takeaway, 19 Georges Street, Dungannon County, Tyrone

Best in the North West: Fylde Fish Bar, 117 Fylde Road, Marshside, Southport, Merseyside

Best in West Midlands: The Golden Carp Chippy, Unit 8 Matchborough Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

Best in the East: Burton Road Chippy, 169 Burton Road Lincoln Lincolnshire LN1 3LW

Best in London & South East: Henley’s of Wivenhoe, 9 Vine Parade, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex

Best in Central & Southern: Captain’s Fish and Chips, 60 High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Best in South & West: Harbourside Fish & Chips, 35 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon

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