John Dory’s Batter the opposition finishing No 1 in the UK at the National Fish & Chip Awards!

John Dory’s finished in the top 3 in 2 catagories, they were delighted to be crowned the overall winner in the Staff Training category.

“John Dorys Traditional Fish & Chips land a big one at National Awards”.
L-R Mandy Polley, Sponsor Phil Blakeman and Mark Polley – Award Winners

John Dory’s Traditional Fish & Chips from Belfast/Lisburn/Carryduff, have won the Staff Training and Development Award after frying out on top at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards (26 January), organised by Seafish.

The shop scooped the award, which recognises fish and chip businesses that excel in providing their staff with training and development opportunities, during a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London – an event widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry.

To secure the top spot, John Dory’s had to progress through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process which focused on their internal training policies and systems, training support and forward plans for staff development. They were also subjected to an unannounced judging visit from an awards auditor who reviewed their staff training and development practices, in addition to marking their customer service levels and the quality of the fish and chips.

Commenting on their award win after receiving the distinguished trophy from awards host, Nigel Barden, voice of food and drink on BBC Radio 2, Director Mark Polley, said: “We are delighted that the time and effort we invest in our team has been recognised this year – they are as vital to our success as the product we sell!

“We recognise the importance of up-skilling our workforce and have put staff through numerous formal courses, supplemented with in-house training. We want to provide opportunities for our staff to gain qualifications and develop their skills.

“I’m so proud to be bringing a national award home to Northern Ireland! Over the past few years we have worked hard to ensure that high standards are met across all our locations and we will continue to strive for excellence.”

Now in their 29th year, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 14 different award categories.

For more information visit