A local fish bar in Harrow has been shortlisted for Fish and Chip Shop Takeaway of the Year.
Belmont Bay, based in Belmont Circle in Harrow, has been shortlisted by the National Fish Fryers Federation as one of the top 40 fish and chip shops in the whole of the UK.
The National Fish and Chip Awards have been rewarding chippies across the county for more than three decades. The awards choose nominees by “recognising and rewarding the people and businesses who provide us with the best fish and chips across the UK, both in terms of food and service”, as it states on their official website.
Commenting on the top 40 shortlist, Andrew Crook, President of The National Federation of Fish Friers said: “Being able to announce the top 40 finalists for this category is an absolute pleasure. It is no secret that the industry are facing some challenges.
“That said, this industry is built upon British stoicism. And with spirit and determination we are committed to supporting our members and seeing through tough times. We cannot wait to celebrate at the awards ceremony in February 2023.”
The competition is ongoing and Belmont Bay are hoping to reach the next stage which narrows it down to 20 shops. The team have been nominated for the award due to their knowledge of the fish and chip industry, sustainability, customer service skills, hygiene, health and safety criteria charitable work undertaken in Harrow.
The next round of judging is currently taking place and is based on a mystery shopper assessing the quality of food and customer service skills at Belmont Bay.
John Ioannou, proprietor of Belmont Bay told Harrow Online: “Getting into the top 40 in the whole UK is such a proud achievement for me and the team because we were selected by the National Fryers Federation.”
The number of public votes each shop accumulates is also an important factor in advancing to the top 20 and you can register to vote for the shop at https://thefishandchipawards.com/