Seaview Restaurant named as finalist in Top 10

Best Fish and Chip Newcomers


Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, has this week revealed the ten fish and chip shops in the country as semi-finalists in the ‘Best Newcomer Award’, one of 14 categories in the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards.

The top ten newcomer fish and chip shops in the UK (in alphabetical order) are:

•         Alma Park Fish Bar, Grantham, Lincolnshire

•         Felixstowe Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, Suffolk

•         Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove, Chester, Cheshire

•         FishFace, Lichfield, Staffordshire

•         Hook and Line, Leeds, Yorkshire

•         Knights of Pontefract, Pontefract, Yorkshire

•         Paignton Pier Chippy Co., Paignton, Devon

•         The Bearded Sailor, Leeds, Yorkshire

•         The Friary, Beauly, Invernesshire

Second on their list is our very own Spa Pavilion Theatre Lounge Restaurant. The seaside restaurant is the only East Anglian representative to make through as a semi-finalist and will now battle against its northern counterparts to hopefully reach the next stage of the competition.

Each of these entrepreneurial start-ups has been judged against a variety of criteria including: the level of innovation displayed when running a fish and chip shop, knowledge and understanding of sustainability and responsible sourcing of products, customer service levels and the quality of fish and chips they serve.

For the next stage, judges will make unannounced mystery dining visits where they will carefully examine each of the businesses, to determine the top three newcomers. The finalists will then compete for the winner’s title at the National Fish & Chip Awards ceremony in London on 24 January 2019.

Ray Anderson, Director for the Spa Pavilion who is delighted to have been named in the top 10 Best Fish and Chip Newcomers category says;

“Soon after we opened many of our customers began asking for takeaway food and especially fish and chips as we’re right next to the sea. Therefore whilst fully refurbishing our main kitchen we installed a fish and chip shop quality set of fryers, and all the equipment needed to produce our own fresh chips from locally-farmed potatoes, determined that if we’re making fish and chips, it will be the best. Alongside our fabulous home-made chips, we only sell fresh fish, also sourced locally in town from both a specialist fishmonger and local fishermen, and cooked in our Head Chef’s secret batter. Unlike many traditional fish and chip shops, we also have other options for those not wanting the calories and fat of deep fried fish, and offer our fresh catch of the day plainly grilled or with Cajun or Spanish-style toppings. Scampi, whitebait and a creamy fish pie are also available to complete our range of tempting fish dishes, with burgers, salads, tea, coffee, beer, wine and other favourites also available on both or eat in and take away menus 7 days a week.”

One of the criteria the judges will be looking closely at is sustainability and responsible sourcing of all products. The Spa has taken this above and beyond the locally caught fish by making sure all of their take-away packaging is either compostable boxes and cutlery or paper/card which is 100% recyclable. Ray concludes “Being next to the sea, we also feel it’s important to limit, as far as possible, the use of plastics which are not biodegradable and which might affect marine life if not disposed of thoughtfully.”

Both of the Lounge and Terrace restaurants at the Spa Pavilion have stunning sea views and are open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Both have freshly cooked fish and chips on offer as well as a substantial and imaginative menu. Food is also served two hours before every theatre show. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for further news of these awards plus all new theatre show updates.

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