Newington Fish Bar in Ramsgate has once again made the shortlist of the National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Last year the fish and chip shop reached the fry offs as one of London and South East England’s top two fish and chip shops.
The Ramsgate business has now been named as one of the comp-etitors for the 2019 award.
It has been shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – which is one of 14 categories in the annual awards which are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip industry.
The Newington chippie will compete against five other chippies in Essex, London ad Surrey.
Across the country the top 60 shops are judged on more than just the fish and chips. Sustainability, menu innovation, catering for special dietary requirements, customer service and marketing are all part of the package of what makes these shops the best.
Over the coming weeks the shops will undergo a further phase of mystery diner judging inspections in order to whittle the Top 60 down to a Top 20 listing this month, then a Top 10 shortlist in September, before the final stage of judging in London in January 2019.
The winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 31st anniversary ceremony in London on 24 January 2019.
The Newington Fish Bar chippy/restaurant in Newington Road was opened by brothers Ken and Nigel Derrett (pictured) some 40 years ago.
The pair were both working in separate busy restaurants and both had young families.
They decided to use their skills to set up a business in their hometown of Ramsgate and the rest is history.
Since then they have scooped numerous chippy awards – including being named the best in the country by The Independent in 2005 and, in 2009, In 2009, being the first shop in Kent to receive the prestigious Five Star Fish Fryers Quality Award, by Seafish, Now run by the National Federation of Fish Fryers.
Newington Fish Bar doesn’t just feed the community – it also gets involved with projects for the RNLI and local football clubs and schools
The pair are supported by a loyal team of staff.
Nigel says the secret to their success is “Quality products and service and looking after our customers.”
And if you are not a fan of fish, don’t worry, the shop does everything from pancake rolls to burgers and the famous steakwich.