The National Fish & Chip Awards 2019 Timeline

May 2018

The 2019 awards open for entry.

June / July 2018

Entries for a number of main award categories close.

August 2018

Seafish appointed judges undertake mystery judging audits for Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award. Top 60 shops in this award category announced in latter part of August.

September 2018

Top 20 shop results in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award announced.


Further comprehensive judging audits undertaken of all Top 20 shops in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award. All aspects of a business are assessed and the judging process covers shop appearance, raw materials, storage facilities, preparation areas, equipment and utensils, staff training, staff presentation and customer service, practices and techniques, packaging, marketing activity, sustainability policies – and most importantly, the quality of the fish and chips. This judging stage determines the Top 10 shops in the UK.


Top 10 shops in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award announced and invited to the grand final.


Representatives from the Top 10 shops in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award embark on a study trip to Norway (September 2018), sponsored by the Norwegian Seafood Council, where they will learn about the supply of fish from Norway to the UK.

October 2018

Judging for other award categories draws to a conclusion. Shortlisted finalist businesses invited to the grand final.

November / December 2018

Event preparation – Top 10 shops in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award prepare for the final judging stage to be held in London.

January 2019

A judging panel of industry representatives assemble.


Judges represent the national Federation of Fish Friers, the National Edible Oils Distributors’ Association, AHDB Potatoes, the foodservice/catching/distribution sectors and past National Winners. The panel is chaired by Seafish.


Judges assess a variety of background evidence and receive presentations from all Top 10 finalists in the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award.


The panel determines first, second and third placed shops by ballot.

January 2019

The awards ceremony for the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards is held in London at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in late January 2019.

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