Popular Stonehaven chipper is frying high in tourism awards...

The Bay Fish and Chips owner Calum Richardsonhas been nominated  in the Ambassador category in the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.
The Bay Fish and Chips owner Calum Richardsonhas been nominated in the Ambassador category in the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards.

The Bay Fish and Chips are flying the flag for the Mearns with three nominations in the 2015 Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA).

The popular Stonehaven chipper is nominated in two categories, Best Informal Eating Experience and Green Tourism.

Owner Calum Richardson is also nominated personally in the Ambassador category.

He said this week: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories for the 2015 ACSTA Awards.

“The Bay Fish & Chips has been shortlisted in the categories of ‘Green Tourism’ and ‘Best Informal Eating Experience’, and I am honoured to have been shortlisted in the ‘Ambassador’ category.

“These awards represent the best of what Aberdeen City and Shire has to offer visitors from near and far, and The Bay Fish & Chips is proud to serve many happy customers and introduce them to the amazing natural larder that lies on their doorstep.”

Nominees will now face an anxious wait until the end of January next year to learn if they will be crowned winners.

There was a 25% increase in the number of entries received by the awards scheme, which is organised by the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA).

The ACSTA awards, which took place for the first time earlier this year, are organised by the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association (ACSHA).

Two additional categories were also introduced and the sections are now aligned with the national VisitScotland-backed scheme, The Scottish Thistle Awards. It is intended that ACSTA will become adopted as the regional final for the Scottish Thistle Awards by 2016.

ACSTA chairman Iain Watson said the level of interest took organisers by surprise.

He said: “From the moment we opened for entries in July, there was a steady stream of nominations coming in. Overall we were 25% up on the number of nominations received last year and while we have two additional categories, the increase was seen across the board.

“We have received entries from many of the operators who took part in our inaugural awards in 2014, but also many new faces who are taking part for the first time.

“This is not about rewarding the organisation that has the most budget or manpower at its disposal.

“The awards are about recognising operators and individuals who make a real difference to the visitor experience and who are dedicated to ensuring that customers, whether they are here for business or leisure, leave with a first rate impression of what we have to offer.”

Final judging will take place before the end of the year and winners will be announced at a ceremony at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen on January 30.

The host for the evening will be broadcaster Tam Cowan.

Further information about the awards is available online on their website at www.acsta.co.uk.