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Machynlleth chippy named best in Wales in national awards

A fish and chip shop in Machynlleth has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the best in Wales, and could be named as the best in the UK.

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Hennighan's Top Shop has made the shortlist for the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards alongside 9 other takeaways from across the UK.

It made the shortlist despite competition from 5 other Welsh shops.

The 10 shops have already been named best in their area, and now they'll battle it out to claim the title of 'best fish and chip shop' in the UK.

Getting to this stage though wasn't easy. As well as fighting off stiff competitions from other shops in their area, contenders were judged by industry experts on a number of criteria including menu development, sustainable sources and marketing.

They also had visits from mystery shoppers to decide the quality of the food and customer service.

Having been crowned the top shop in their regions, the hopefuls must now put their presentation skills to the test in front of the top bods in the industry at the final stage in London in January.

The current champions are Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham. The shop's owners say winning the award had a big impact.

From the minute we were crowned winners we saw a dramatic increase in business across both our takeaway and restaurant.

The award has given us real recognition and respect, and opened doors we wouldn’t have dreamed were possible – we’re even travelling all the way to Japan next month to showcase our fish and chips!

– James and Bonny Ritchie, Simpsons Fish & Chips

All 10 finalists will also be treated to an all-expenses paid study trip to Norway, to learn all about the supply chain of fish from Norway to the UK.

The following Welsh shops didn't make the final 10:

  • Andrews Fish Bar, Welshpool
  • Simply Fish & Chips, Denbigh
  • Hikary's Fish Bar, Neath
  • Hooked @ 31, Fishguard
  • Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips, Aberdare