In 2017, the National Fish & Chip Awards were held and we were proud to have been named the best fish and chips shop in Kent, among the top two in the South East and London region, and Top 20 in the UK.
Read our blog about the awards here.
We hold this title until next January when there will be a new competition to find out who will be the best fish and chip shop for 2019.
We congratulate the other shops on last year’s achievements and wish them luck for the upcoming awards.
It’s not a competition – the idea is for all of us to try and get up to a good standard and to continue to improve. But this time around, we still hope to claim the top spot for the best in the UK.
The award is just one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – fondly known as the ‘Oscars of the fish and chip industry. Competing shops have their frying skills put to the test as well as being assessed against a variety of judging criteria. They’re scored on their menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing activity.
We invite you to follow us during the upcoming awards and join us in our quest for the top spot.
Special thanks to Kent Live News for their lovely article about our achievements. Read it here.
Free Chips – Back By Popular Demand
A few months ago we launched our first promotion on Facebook – a free portion of chips. It was a success, but a lot of customers were asking us what the “catch” was. There was no catch! But we understand the campaign we launched did have some unnecessary steps and may have confused some.
However, we know how much everyone loves chips. Especially FREE chips! So after popular demand, we’ve launched this promotion again.
Who wants FREE Chips? Find the instructions below:
- Simply like our page
- Come in store and show this offer and the image below to our friendly staff
- No catch, no gimmicks
- Just free delicious chips
- Expires 24/11/2017
- Click here to save the offer in Facebook
The Best in Kent
We are proud to announce that we have been named the best fish and chips shop in Kent, among the top two in the South East and London region, and Top 20 in the UK. Conducted by the National Fish & Chip Awards 2017.
Newington Fish Bar has been open for business in Ramsgate since 1980, and we have always strived to achieve great heights in this yearly award.
The award is just one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – aptly known as the ‘Oscars of the fish and chip industry.’
Judges made unannounced visits to shops all over the UK, to undertake full business audits, premises assessments and additional appraisal of the fish and chips on offer.
Shops competed to have their frying skills put to the test as well as being assessed against a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes and marketing activity.
We have worked hard recently to improve our online presence, by launching this new website in January 2017, and growing our Facebook page. This has enabled us to be up to date with current technology trends, while still serving the delicious fish and chips we are known for.
Due to marketing being one of the competition’s criteria’s, we believe our online presence played a part in our success. Therefore, we would like to extend a warm thank you to all who follow us on Facebook, and who visit our website.
The competition was organised by Seafish, which is a Non-Departmental Public Body set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is the highest accolade for a fish and chip shop to win.
“This category is renowned for its fierce competition and our top 20 showcase the best talent that there is in the sector right now.”
“As London and South East England’s top shops go head-to-head to secure their place in the final, I’ll look forward to seeing who fry’s out on top.”
We invite you to celebrate our success by popping into Newington Fish Bar, and sharing a bag of chips with us.
For sure, you will see us competing for the top stop in next year’s awards.
The Best Fish to Eat
Britain’s most beloved takeaway of simple battered fish and fried chips is the country’s most iconic dish. For more than 150 years, fish and chips have been a staple in the modern English diet. Brits just love them! They are so easy to find, good for the wallet, and most importantly – delicious.
Where exactly fish and chips came from though, remains a mystery even now, more than a century and 10,500 chippies later. Wherever they came from, one thing is for sure: regardless of where you have your hit – fish and chips are a must for everyone visiting Britain, wanting a truly British experience.
The most prominent variations of fish and chips are due to the different types of fish used. The highest quality shops use Atlantic cod, rock (sometimes referred to as rig), plaice, skate, scampi, Haddock and code rose.
1. Atlantic cod
Cod is by far the most popular type of fish used in the fish and chips combo in Britain, with more than 60% of all dishes sold through the country.
Cod is mostly found in the chippies in the south of England where it reigns supreme!
And of course you can find quality cod here at Newington Fish Bar. We serve it in different sizes, and even do Cod Fingers for kids.
When it comes to the taste, the fish is usually mild and is incredibly soft with a moist flavor.
Rock or Rig is yet another popular fish used in non-traditional fish and chips dishes. The Rig is one of many species of small sharks. Yes, sharks!
The fish can be found in many shops and it is one of our most popular dishes. It has a sweet, mild flavor, with a flaky, medium-firm texture! It is rich in proteins which makes it a perfect, healthy choice of fish!
Plaice is yet another type of white fish that is widely used for fish and chips through Britain and Ireland.
Although not the most popular fish, it’s best served Battered with non-greasy chips and remoulade sauce on the side.
The fish is low in fat and serves as a good source of Vitamin B and Vitamin D.
Those looking for non-typical fish and chips love skate in their combo!
Skate is usually found in chippies and restaurants along the west Scottish coast, but nowadays there are shops all around Britain that offer skate instead of some of the more traditional types of fish.
Skate is considered a gourmet fish in France and its flavor is rather unusual. Skate has a unique, almost nuts-like taste that goes perfectly with tartar! We have been offering Skate since the beginning, so don’t forget to come in and give it a try.
Scampi also make for a rather unusual portion of fish and chips for all the adventurers out there who want to have a different take on the British most popular takeaway dish. Scampi can be found in the most chippies, including us!
While cod might be popular in the south of the country, haddocks reign supreme in the north; in Lancashire and Yorkshire!
The fish is quite popular in the combo and it accounts for almost 25% of all fish and chips portions sold in Britain. When it comes to the flavor, the fish is certainly a bit dryer than some of the others and has kind of a sweet taste that people just adore!
7. Code rose
The rosefish is yet another alternative for a tasty dish. It is often offered as part of the menu in various shops in the UK.
The meat of fish itself is white and juice which makes for a perfect fish choice for delicious fish and chips!
No matter if you opt for the traditional haddock and cod, or some of the more unusual types of fish, one thing is for sure: Britain’s most quintessential takeaway dish is delicious no matter what.
Whilst they may make nutritionists and doctors despair, British fish and chips are oh, so satisfying to eat. And, with an estimated 380 million portions of delicious fish and chips sold annually, which makes about 6 servings a year for each and every person in Britain, the British public seems to agree.
There are simply not many who can resist the mouth-watering combination of moist white fish in crisp golden batter, served with a generous portion of hot, fluffy chips!
Nowadays, there are about 10,500 fish and chip shops across Britain. And in case you were wondering, that’s eight for every McDonald’s outlet in Britain, making British fish and chips the nation’s ultimate favourite takeaway meal. And it is not just nowadays! Even back in 1999, Brits consumed nearly 300 million potions of fish and chips which equates to about six servings for every man, woman, and child in the country!
Fish and chips are popular, yes, but when and where did this quintessentially British dish come about?
Who came up with the bright idea to marry fish with chips remains the subject of fierce controversy. It is a misery so long that nowadays, it is impossible to know for sure who to thank for Britain’s most quintessential dish. It is safe to say that the dish’s origin was somewhere in England, though no one can say for sure whether it was up north or down south.
Some claim that the guy to thank was John Less. Back in 1863, John Less was selling fish and chips out of a wooden hut at Mossley market in industrial Lancashire. While this might be true, others think that the fish and chips tradition started even earlier with the first combined fish ‘n chips shop opened by a Jewish immigrant by the name of Joseph Malin in East London around 1860.
However it came about, the dish simply ‘caught on’. At a time when working-class’ everyday diets were bleak and not much varied, fish and chips were a tasty, inexpensive break from the norm. So, the fish and chips business was growing. Starting with a single shop in the 1860s, by 1910 there were roughly 25,000. In 1927, 35,000 fish and chips shops were registered in Britain, showing yet again, just how popular the dish had become.
While the popularity remains untouched, some things still have changed over the years. Fish, usually cod or haddock, and chips are still widely eaten in Britain, but white paper has replaced the traditional newspaper wrap.
And it is not only the wrap that has changes throughout the years. In recent times, many traditional fish and chips shops have been turning into Turkish kebab hybrids, that offer both fish and chips and kebabs. The overfishing of cod stocks made fish and chips more expensive. As a result, poorer Brits started to turn more towards the newer and, at the moment, cheaper, fast foods like the kebab.
This does not mean that the future of the Fish and chips is compromised, though. More than 380 million portions of white fish fillets are sold each and every year in England, each one coated in a light batter and deep-fried, and served alongside fat fried slices of potatoes! And who could possibly resist that?
Chasing down the best fish and chips shops in Britain is definitely a subjective affair. There are many places where one can get delicious fish and chips. For real fish and chips devotees, however, nothing beats a day trip to Kent, thought to be among the best on the British isles. Numerous shops here offer white fish in crispy, golden batter, with a generous portion of hot, fluffy chips on the side. Yummy!
Ramsgate is the place to go to when looking for retro-chic fish and chips that are just delicious! People can find modernity married with traditional! Shops are freshly cooked and delicious just like in the good ol’ days!
Freshly cooked fish and top notch chips can be purchased in numerous fish and chips shops in Thanet! So, if you are nearby, stop by!
And not just there. There are literally thousands of places where one can get delicious fish and chips throughout Britain!
Find your favourite place and enjoy the most quintessentially British dish!