Dungannon chip shop best in Northern Ireland for third year running
A Co Tyrone takeaway has been named the best in Northern Ireland - for the third time.
The Dolphin in Dungannon will now go forward to the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards, competing against the other nine chippies, representing the best of the best of British fish and chips.
Dolphin owner Malachy Mallon said: "It's such an honour to be shortlisted for the third year in a row in the top 10 - that marks a hat-trick for us as Northern Ireland's top fish and chip shop.
"To be listed among the UK's finest once again is just the best feeling and a fantastic boost for our hardworking staff.
"We've served traditional fish and chips with passion and pride for 28 years, and have never once stopped striving to make fish frying an art-form.
"I believe our winning recipe is the appeal of a genuinely traditional shop with a thoroughly modern outlook, and I'm hoping that carries us all the way to the top.
"If we do go on to win, it would be like having all of our Christmases and birthdays come at once. I don't think we'd ever stop celebrating!"
To make this final stage of the competition, The Dolphin Takeaway has had 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.
Judges also made unannounced visits to shop premises to sample the fish and chips and level of customer service on offer, and undertake a full business audit.
The overall winner will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards' 30th anniversary ceremony, organised by Seafish, in London next January.