Posted on: Tuesday 9th August 2022

Coral Island - Frying High with Success!


Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips in Blackpool, Lancashire has gained its place amongst the UK’s top fish and chip shops by achieving the prestigious NFFF Quality Accreditation sponsored by Sarsons Vinegar.


The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within and enhancing the profile of the fish and chip industry.


The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.


To qualify, each shop must go through a virtual inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.


Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips said “We are delighted to gain our place in the scheme. To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking team members, who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation. 

I would personally like to thank all our customers, new and old. All businesses have found the past years extremely difficult and the support and encouragement they have offered has been great. It has motivated us to maintain our high standards which have been recognised with this accreditation.”


This accreditation sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry. It will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.

NFFF President Andrew Crook explained: "The NFFF Quality Accreditation scheme is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.

" Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips” clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Andrew. "Achieving the NFFF Quality Accreditation provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”

Bryan Carroll, Sarson’s Sales, and Marketing Director explained: “Obtaining the Quality Accreditation award is a coveted achievement. Congratulations to Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips for joining an elite selection of fish and chip shops who have proven their commitment to maintaining the highest levels of quality.


The Scheme is an exceptionally beneficial process, rewarding and shining a line on sites leading the way within the industry and providing their customers complete peace of mind. To see the number of sites being Quality Accredited growing is extremely rewarding and makes us incredibly proud to sponsor the Scheme.”


Each Fish and Chip Quality Accreditation is valid for a year and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors. Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips has proven that it consistently serves some of the UK’s finest fish and chips.


For more information contact:  Big Fish & Traditional Fish & Chips- Coral Island, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5DW – Mark Fox - 01253293133





  1. The NFFF has been established since 1913 and works to promote and protect the interests of some 8,500 fish and chip proprietors throughout the UK, as well as offering training to those wishing to enter the trade. It has received tremendous support throughout the years and is exceptionally well regarded in the industry. The Fish and Chip Quality Accreditation is an initiative designed to drive the longevity and growth of the fish and chip industry.


  1. A previous scheme was run by the Seafish Industry Authority until September 2010. This new scheme has been introduced following representation from the fish and chip industry to the NFFF requesting that standards be maintained, and improvement encouraged.


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