A Fife chippy has been named the best in Scotland for the second year in a row in the run up to the ‘Oscars’ of the fish and chip industry.

Cromars Classic Fish & Chips in St Andrews took top place as the National Fish & Chip Awards gear up to crown the best in the UK in a glitzy London ceremony.

Following the latest round of judging, ten businesses from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award - the top category of 15.

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Cromars will now ‘fry’ the flag for Scotland as the ten shops compete in a final judging stage - to be held in London in January 2018 - with hopes to be labelled the nation’s number one shop.

Staff at the chippy described the news as “fantastic,” adding: “We are all delighted and couldn’t wait to share the news.

HeraldScotland:

“Well done to all our wonderful and very hard working employees.

“We now look forward to the final in London in January.”

Entrants are judged on every element of running a successful fish and chip business; from the product itself to how the business responds to wider industry issues like responsible and sustainable sourcing of key ingredients.

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By the time final ceremony comes around, finalists will have gone through a comprehensive seven-month judging process.

Head to fishandchipawards.com to see the full list of the top ten chippies in the UK.