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Trio of Westcountry chippies join shortlist for title of Britain's best

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

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Three Westcountry restaurants have been named as semi-finalists in the race to become National Fish and Chip restaurant of the year.

Harbour Lights restaurant from Falmouth, Rockfish Seafood and Chips restaurants from Dartmouth, and Padstow's Stein's Fish and Chips have all reached the semi-final in the competition to find Britain's best independent chippy.

The South West's top trio make up part of the 10 restaurant shortlist from all over the country.

The competition is now in its 25th year and is again being organised by Seafish, the authority for seafood in the UK.

The contestants will be judged on their staff's knowledge, customer service, marketability and the quality of their produce.

Peter Fraser, manager of Harbour Lights, said, "Everybody is absolutely thrilled as it's been a team effort to get to this stage."

Stein's restaurant is managed by Alison O'Neil and Miles Duncan. Alison said they were both "delighted" to have been shortlisted.

Mitch Tonks, who co-owns Rockfish with Matt Prowse, said he hoped it would be "third time lucky" in this year's competition.

"This is our third time being shortlisted for an award and we're just as delighted as ever," he said."The industry we work in is brilliant and so are the awards. We try and offer customers a complete dining experience and are constantly training staff so they are as knowledgeable as possible about our food."

The finalists will be announced next month.

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