A TORQUAY fish and chip shop is in the race to be crowned regional Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.
Drakes in Babbacombe has been selected as part of the 2014 National Fish and Chip Awards.
They are one of six shortlisted shops which will now compete against each other to become the south and west England regional winner which will put them in contention to bag the ultimate title.
The overall winner will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on the January 22 next year, hosted by Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Jean Christophe Novelli.
The shortlisted shops in the south and west England are: Drakes Fish and Chip Restaurant and Takeaway, Torquay; Harbourside Fish and Chips, Plymouth; The Tavi Fryer, Tavistock; Bishopston Fish Bar, Horfield, Bristol; Salt and Vinegar, Ferndown, Dorset, and Something Else Fishy, Milborne Port, Dorset.
To reach this stage of the competition the fish and chip businesses have had to fry at the top of their game to secure their place in the next stage of the competition.
The fish and chip shops have now been judged on their initial entries by industry experts and subjected to mystery shop visits to secretly rate their businesses on a number of criteria, including food quality and customer service.
Paul Williams, CEO of organisers Seafish, said: "Every year we see the standard of shops getting higher and higher and this year will be no exception."