Beloved English ale announces winner in the Best Fish and Chips contest, 2017
(Mount Pleasant, SC) Shakespeare Pub and Grille of San Diego, California has been named the winner of the 2017 Best Fish and Chips in the U.S. contest. Hosted by “Old Speckled Hen”, the UK’s number one premium English Ale, the contest began last November with participation of over 160 pubs across the country. Earlier this month, “Old Speckled Hen” Brewer, Ross O’Hara, and Export Manager, David Patmore-Hill, traveled across the U.S., tasting the top five finalists to name the ultimate winner.
The top five finalists included: Shakespeare Pub and Grille of San Diego, CA; McMullan’s Irish Pub of Las Vegas, NV; The Codfather of Phoenix, AZ; From Across the Pond of Dallas, TX; Ye Olde Falcon Pub of Davie, FL.
“I would like to congratulate all the participants that took part in the competition.” Says Export Manager, David Patmore-Hill. “Whilst the food we sampled was fantastic, we are equally impressed with the focus and care all put into promoting “Old Speckled Hen”.”
The dishes were judged on batter consistency, fish freshness, perfect chip texture and how well the dish complemented “Old Speckled Hen”. First brewed in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MG, “Old Speckled Hen” is the quintessential English Ale – smooth, malty with lightly roasted notes of toffee, a truly perfect pairing for the quintessential pub dish.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team.” Remarked Thomas Beatty, Head Chef, “From start to finish we were in it to win it.” Ruth Thomas, General Manager adds, “I’d like to give thanks to each person who voted for us and to our staff who helped to promote our award-winning fish and chips, the contest and of course, Old Speckled Hen.”
Paul Crawford, proprietor of the Shakespeare could not be more thrilled, “It’s rewarding to receive such recognition for continuing to stay on top of our game while remaining true to our original concept since 1990. None of which would have been possible without our amazing management and staff.”
In addition to the title, the pub will receive an award for 2017 Best Fish and Chips in the U.S. during a celebratory party with “Old Speckled Hen” features and 1990’s roll-back prices for the pub’s award-winning fish and chips.
“We would like to congratulate Paul and his team at the Shakespeare,” says Brewer O’Hara. “We are already looking forward to the 2018 competition and the increased pubs taking part, which will make this promotion a great part of our brand. Well done to all!”
For those pubs wanting to put their fish and chips to the test, “Old Speckled Hen” will go back on the hunt to find the next winner of the Best Fish and Chips in the U.S. beginning this November.
Shakespeare Pub and Grille: http://www.shakespearepub.com/
“Old Speckled Hen”: http://www.oldspeckledhen.co.uk/