A FISH and chip shop in Grappenhall has been shortlisted for the national Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award for the fourth year running.

The Big Blue was joined on the 60-strong list of contenders alongside two Cheshire rivals and three other north west chippies from Cumbria.

Despite missing out to Krispies from Exmouth, who scooped the award last year, Big Blue owner Scott Davies is hopeful his businesses can come first 'plaice' this year.

“It’s an amazing achievement and I’m very proud and over the moon at being shortlisted,” said the 46-year-old from Woolston.

“The competition is getting better and better each year, but hopefully we can go all the way and win the award this year.

“It’s a big ask to just make the shortlist, so to be in contention for four years in a row is a massive honour.”

Organised by Seafish, the awards are highly regarded in the fish and chip industry as they recognise incredible taste and excellent customer service.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive officer at Seafish, added: “Every summer we look forward to starting our search for the UK’s best fish and chip shop and this award showcases the best in the business.

“The top 60 takeaways have demonstrated real commitment to quality in all areas and worked tirelessly to earn their place on this list, so we wish them all the best in the next round.”

Judges for the awards take a number of factors into consideration, including the sustainability of ingredients, training of staff and the creation of innovative menu options.

Chippies across the country must also impress during mystery shopping visits and even hold presentations in front of an industry panel.

The winner of the award will be announced during a special awards ceremony in London in January.