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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 January, 2004, 13:59 GMT
Batterless cod lands chippy title
Fish and chips
The industry says fish and chips still outdo Indian takeaways
A south Wales fish and chip shop which specialises in batterless cod has been crowned the best in the UK.

Organisers say that fish and chips are still Britain's favourite takeaway, and Finnegan's Fish Bar in Bridgend got the judges licking their lips.

Husband and wife team Huw and Sarah Jones were named the finest friers in the UK at a ceremony in London, and received their award from celebrity TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson.

The panel of 12 judges said it was the couple's "commitment to innovation and quality" which swung the votes their way.

Finnegan's is distinctive for the way it serves cod, where excess batter is removed from the fish before it is cooked and it is effectively steamed.

Seafood selection

Competition organiser Andy Gray from the Seafish Industry Authority, said: "It's a great industry, part of our national make-up, and Finnegan's Fish Bar truly deserves its title as the best of the best."

The shop, in the Broadlands shopping centre, sells a selection of seafood including scampi, hake, tuna and plaice.

The seafish industry says fish and chip shops have held their own despite stiff competition from other takeaways.

It claims that in 2002 twice as many meals were sold from fish and chip shops as Indian restaurants, with an annual turnover of 900m.

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