The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey has been named as one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK in the The National Fish and Chip Awards 2023.
Organisers have announced a shortlist of 40 establishments in the running for the Fish and Chip Takeaway of The Year category.
Judges pay particular focus to customer service, environmental consideration and sustainably good practices. The nomination was welcomed by The Bearded Sailor owner Alex Papaioannaou on social media.
He posted: “We are over the moon to announce that we have been short-listed into the top 40 UK fish and chip shops.
“Considering there are around 10,000 fish and chip shops in the UK, it is humbling that our little Pudsey shop has made it through to the next round. Congratulations to all of the other shops around the country who have made it with us.”
Andrew Crook, President at The National Federation of Fish Friers said: “Being able to announce the top 40 finalists for this category is an absolute pleasure. It is no secret that the industry is facing some challenges.
“That said, this industry is built upon British stoicism. And with spirit and determination we are committed to supporting our members and seeing through tough times. We cannot wait to celebrate at the awards ceremony in February 2023.”
Customers welcomed news of the nomination for the chippy, which is based in Robin Lane. One posted on Facebook: “OMG – brilliant, well done guys – well deserved!” and another added: “Best fish and chips, you deserve to be recognised. Here’s hoping for a nice award coming to you and the team.”
The winners of the awards will be announced during a ceremony in February 2023 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.
Other Leeds fish and chip shops nominated include the The Fish Bank in Sherburn-in-Elmet and Oceans in Crossgates. It’s the first time the awards have been held since before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month The Bearded Sailor raised money for Candlelighters children’s cancer charity by selling fish and chips for just £2.