Sixty two years of hard work, spanning three generations of the Oxenham family, has seen Clems Fish Restaurants reach the final three in the Best Multiple Fish and Chip Operator category in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2017.
To secure a place in the final three, Clems has been appraised across a wide range of judging criteria, including menu development, fish sourcing policies and supplier relationships.
Industry experts will carry out mystery visits and assessments in the upcoming weeks until the restaurant chain finds out its fate at the award ceremony in London on 26th January.
The first Clems restaurant was opened in 1954 by Jane and Clem Oxenham in Spennymoor. The company now employs over 80 staff. With three generations of the family currently involved in the business, Clems has expanded to four more outlets in Chester le Street, Shildon, Bishop Auckland and Sunderland.