The Pelican in Barnstaple has been named as one of the UKs top 20 fish and chip restaurants. The restaurant at the top of Sticklepath was named today (Thursday) as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. Shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award - one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish and Chip Awards The Pelican will now batter it out for a place in the final. Its South West rival include Fish n Fritz in Weymouth, The Atlantic in Redruth and The Scallop Shell in Bath. To reach this stage, the 20 restaurants on the shortlist have been assessed against a wide variety of criteria, including menu development and innovation, responsible sourcing policies, staff training and development processes and marketing and promotional activity. Over the coming weeks, judges will make unannounced visits to undertake mystery dining assessments, appraising both the fish and chips on offer and the levels of customer service. This next stage of competition judging will whittle down the shortlist and establish the top five fish and chip restaurants that will compete for the overall national title to be presented at the 30th anniversary awards ceremony. Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, 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, were seeing a new range of bespoke fish and chip restaurants opening up across the UK, and its safe to say that theyre doing a fantastic job of linking this nostalgia to a quality dine-in experience. Congratulations to The Pelican on reaching the semi-final, in what is one of our most hotly contested award categories, and best of luck in the next round of judging. The winner of the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards 30th anniversary ceremony in London on January 25, 2018. For more information visit www.fishandchipawards.com or follow @FishnChipAwards #FishnChipAwards.