Staff at a popular and award-winning chip shop are celebrating after being named among the best in the region.
Pantrini’s has had both its Whitley Bay shops – in Marine Avenue and at Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre – listed among the six recommended takeaways for the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear area.
As well as battling it out for regional honours, they will compete for the ultimate accolade – the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Lee Taylor, manager at Pantrini’s, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, our area is classed as Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear so as you can imagine the completion is very hot in this area, so to have two shops in the top three we’re ecstatic.
“I think it’s another sign that Whitley Bay has plenty to offer and we hope we can do the region proud and progress within the competition.”
The finalists have been appraised by industry experts across a variety of judging criteria and over the coming weeks, shops will be subjected to further judging to establish a UK top 20 that will compete to be crowned with a prestigious regional title.
Following a further judging stage, the overall national winner will be announced in January.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive.”
“Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including increased shop footfall and turnover and media fame through overseas industry study trips; some have even launched their own branded products.
“Receiving this award is the pinnacle of many friers’ careers, but only one can take home the title.
“I wish all contenders the best of luck as they move onto the next stage of judging and look forward to seeing who comes out on top.”
Culminating in an awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel on January 26, 2017, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK.
They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 13 different award categories.
For further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards or to view the full top 60 shortlist visit www.fishandchipawards.com
• Elsewhere, Pantrini’s have been working with the Cedarwood Trust charity in Meadowell, North Shields, to supply some meals for children that unfortunately have parents who are struggling to provide for them in the summer holidays.