A FISH and chip shop has been named as one of the best in the country.

The Fish Factory, in Brighton Road, Worthing, has made the top 20 shortlist for the 30th annual National Fish and Chip Awards.

Judges will now make unannounced visits to the top 20 over the next few weeks before one is named Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year at the awards ceremony in London on January 25.

The Fish Factory is the only nominee in Sussex.

Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, which organises the awards, said: “Fish and chips represent everything that is British, conjuring up notions of days by the seaside, often with family and friends, enjoying succulent battered fish and fluffy chips.

“With fast casual food dining on the rise, we’re seeing a new range of bespoke fish and chip restaurants opening up across the UK.

“It’s safe to say that they’re doing a fantastic job of linking this nostalgia to a quality dine-in experience.

“Congratulations to The Fish Factory on reaching the semi final and best of luck in the next round of judging.”

Among the favourites for the award are Catch Seafood in Halifax, Poppie’s Fish and Chips in Camden, London, The Fishermans Wife in Whitby and Trenchers Restaurant, also Whitby.