National F&C Awards

Independent Fish & Chip Takeaway of the Year 2017 Winners

Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plympton, Plymouth have been crowned the best fish and chip shop in the UK  after frying out on top at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish on Thursday 26th January. The shop scooped the ultimate title  at the awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London – an event widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry. To secure the top spot, Kingfisher Fish and Chips had to progress through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process over a seven month period; encompassing several mystery shopping assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, reviewing everything from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification – and of course, customer service levels and the quality of fish and chips being served.


Craig Maw said “We’ve only owned the shop for four years and have already achieved some amazing things; we have the world’s most sustainable seafood menu, are one of only two fish and chip businesses in the UK to have a 3 star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, along with over 25 industry and non-industry awards, but I have to admit that winning this award is the pinnacle of our careers. We’ve worked hard to take sustainability to the next level and this is at the core of our business. We’re proud to offer over 12 Marine Stewardship Council certified fish species, but we’ve not stopped there; we even use QR codes to let customers trace the journey of their fish, from sea to place.It feels like everything we’ve worked for has come to fruition now. We’re more than ready to take the crown, and look forward to championing our industry and the nation’s favourite takeaway.”

KFE are proud to have worked with the couple since they took over the business, with them installating  an additional Kiremko 3 Pan Wall range in January 2017, along with expanding their business with a Smitto range from KFE also for the new mobile business. All at KFE would like to congratulate Nikki and Craig on their hard work and wish them every success for this year as title winners

Congratulations to our friends at Burton Road and Millers on coming 2nd and 3rd in the Independent Takeaway of the Year, a fantastic achievement against some very tough competition.


Pictured are Craig Maw, 49, with partner Nikki Mutton, 29, from Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plymouth, who are the ‘UK’s best fish and chip takeaway’ - winner of the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.

Independent Fish & Chip  Takeaway of the Year Winners

Kingfishers, Plympton


Congratulations to our other KFE winners:

L-R Deano Anastasiou, Des Anstasiou, Leslie Graves and Tash Anastasiou - Burton Road Chippy - Eastern England regional winner in the Independent Takeaway

Independent Fish & Chip Takeaway of the Year Runners Up

Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln



L-R Peter Frazer, Verity Harper, Ellen Layzell and Sponsor Alan Pearce - Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award Winner

Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award

Harbour Lights, Falmouth, Cornwall


L-R Manos Palamianakis, Charlie Cunningham, Bailey Thornton and Sponsor Paul Williams - Marketing Innovation Award Winners

Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Award

George Papadamou of Papa’s, Willerby, Hull, East Yorkshire

Marketing Innovation Award

Papa’s, Hull, East Yorkshire


L-R Sponsor Terry Larkin, Leticia Curbela, Emily Belcher, Andree Vacchelli Samantha Page - Best Multiple Operator Winner

Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator Award

Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award

Rockfish, Devon



L-R Sponsor Terry Larkin, Leticia Curbela, Emily Belcher, Andree Vacchelli Samantha Page - Best Multiple Operator Winner

From Field to Frier Award

Krispies, Exmouth, Devon


L-R Kelly and Tim Barnes, Sponsor Austen Dack and Nigel Barden - Field to Frier Award Winners

Best Foodservice Operator Award

Fish! Kitchen, outlets in Borough Market and Kingston upon Thames in London


KFE are proud to sponsor these awards which provide a great platform for media activity/PR opportunities for individual entrants and the fish and chip sector as a whole. There are great media opportunities to be gained by shops by just participating. The Awards also provide a benchmark for business development and can be a strong motivational tool for staff.

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