Chippy hopes to be batter than the rest

August 03 2015

BISHOPSTON Fish Bar is one of the UK's 60 chippies set to battle it out for the ultimate title of 'Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year'.

BISHOPSTON Fish Bar is one of the UK's 60 chippies set to battle it out for the ultimate title of 'Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year'.

It is the third year running that the popular Gloucester Road establishment has been shortlisted for the award.

Last year, the takeaway – owned by Nick Lomvardos – claimed the title for the Wiltshire, Dorset and Avon area, but was pipped at the post for the South and West of England region.

If the shop – which prides itself of high-quality and fresh fish sourced from Iceland – wins this category, then it will be competing against nine other regions to claim the prestigious award.

It is the only chippy in Bristol to make the list.

Nick said: “I really wasn't expecting it – it's the third year in a row that we've made the list.

“It would be great if we could win the area again, but it would be even better to get the best fish and chip shop in the South and West of England.”

To get to this stage, shops have been assessed across a variety of judging criteria including responsible sourcing policies, marketing and promotional practices and staff training policies.

Over the coming weeks, Bishopston Fish Bar will be subjected to further judging as it receives mystery shopping assessments by industry experts.

Paul Williams, chief executive of organisers of the award Seafish, said: “The aim of the awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry to aspire to.

“The award is one of the highest honours to receive as a fish and chip business, with many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including international fame.

“It’s great to see so many excellent shops through to this stage of the competition. I’d like to offer up my congratulations and wish them the best.”

The top 10 winning shops will be announced in October.

These shops will then be invited on an all-expense paid study trip to Norway to witness first-hand why the country is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.

Besides getting shortlisted for the National Fish and Chip Awards, Bishopston Fish Bar has also recently become the proud holder of the Marine Stewardship Council certification, which means that all fish served in store are traceable to their origin and have been sustainably sourced. 

According to Nick, the Bishopston Fish Bar is the only chippy in Bristol to receive the accreditation. 

Nick Lomvardos