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Which Kent chippies are in the running to be crowned fish and chip shop of the year? Find out here...

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 22 August 2017

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Two of the county’s top takeaways are included in the shortlist...winners to be announced in January

Kent’s top fish and chip shops have been revealed as they prepare to batter the opposition to be crowned the top fryers at the National Fish & Chip Awards.

Six chippies in London and the south east have made the final shortlist, including two from the county.

They are Papa’s Barn in Ditton and Newington Fish Bar in Ramsgate.

All are in the running for the prestigious fish and chip shop of the year award - one of 15 categories up for grabs in the nationwide awards, now in its 30th year.

The competing shops have had their frying skills put to the test as well as being judged against vigorous criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, staff training processes, and marketing techniques.

They join 54 other businesses hoping to win the top title from across the country.

Over the coming weeks the shops will be whittled down to a top 20, then a top 10, before the final stage of judging in London in January 2018.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, which runs the awards, said: “This award showcases the best of the best, the local fish and chip shops that we all love to eat from.

“The calibre of shops in this year’s top 60 is outstanding – they are a true representation of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on January 25.

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