The launch of the second annual NI Fish and Chip Shop Awards was held earlier this week in Captain Jacks, Portaferry.
Captain Jacks, owned by husband and wife team James and Jacqueline Higginson, not only won the Co Down award last year, but walked away with the prestigious title of ‘Best Overall Fish and Chip Shop in Northern Ireland in 2020.’
Sponsored by EB Gas and Express Foods NI, the 2021 Gala Awards ceremony will take place in The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast on 5 July, where 72 Fish and Chip Shops from across Northern Ireland will battle it out to become this year’s winners.
James Higginson from Captain Jacks is looking forward to this year’s awards. He says: “Jacqueline and I were absolutely thrilled to have won the National Fish and Chip Shop Awards in 2020, which took place in February, just before the lock-downs. It was a huge honour and we have to thank our dedicated crew who have helped us harness our reputation and worked tirelessly all through the pandemic with our takeaway service. Over the lockdowns, we used this time to upgrade, refurbish and secure a full license for our restaurant which seats 40 people. We can’t wait to show our award winning restaurant off during the thriving summer season when Portaferry is buzzing with tourists.”
Rodney Marks from EB Gas had no hesitation sponsoring the awards again this year. He says: “EB Gas is the main supplier for Fish and Chip shops throughout Northern Ireland, so these awards are a perfect fit. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with our customers in a social environment. Andrew Benson and Aine O’Kane from AB Events are great hosts and always put on an amazing Gala Awards ceremony.”
Leanne Laverty from Express Foods NI is also sponsoring the awards for the second consecutive year. Leanne says: “Express Foods NI stocks the best known wholesale food brands in the marketplace. The NI Fish and Chip Shop Awards is one the best nights out in our social calendar and offers us the opportunity to network with potentially new customers, thank our existing clients and promote our new food products.”