Marcus Coleman, chief executive officer at awards organisers Seafish, said: “This award category showcases the leading fish and chip businesses across the country.
“These shops have demonstrated real commitment to quality in a number of areas, not just food, and have worked extremely hard to earn their place on this list.
“There’s a tremendous amount of talent to be seen across the UK Top 20, and we wish them all the best in the next round of judging as we know how much this competition means to all of them.”
As part of the judging process, in addition to the quality of fish and chips and customers service, each shop is carefully assessed on sustainable sourcing policies, menu development and innovation, staff training policies and processes, marketing and promotional activity.
Over the coming weeks the shops will undergo a further phase of mystery diner judging inspections to whittle the UK Top 20 down to a UK Top 10 shortlist, before the awards in London in January 2019.