A Yorkshire-based fish and chip shop has been announced as the best in the UK.
With Brits consuming an estimated 167 million servings of the tasty treat each year, it’s fair to say that everyone has their own favourite chippy.
But while you might think your local spot dishes out the finest flaky fish or the chunkiest chips, the National Fish & Chip Awards has officially announced the very best restaurant in the UK.
For its 30th anniversary, this year the award was bestowed upon Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, York – a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history.
“We brought it home for Haxby!” said Nick Miller, 28, who runs the business with his father David, 56.
“I can’t believe we’re the UK’s best fish and chip shop – words can’t describe how this feels.”
Beating thousands of other establishments to the top spot, the father and son duo endured seven months of gruelling judging, which included everything from mystery shoppers to in-depth audits and probing interviews with a 15-strong specialist industry judging panel.
Responsible sourcing, customer service and quality were all taken into account, as well as menu diversification – an issue which is clearly important to Millers Fish & Chips who operate a separate frying area to cater for allergen-free diets, and offer a range of gluten-free, halal and vegetarian products.
“We entered the competition for the first time last year, and were so proud to get to the final, but to go all the way this time and scoop the ‘Oscar’ of the fish and chip world is truly amazing,” Miller added.
“We bring the tradition associated with great British fish and chips together with a new, innovative approach. This really does mean everything to us, and we’re so proud of our ourselves, our staff and our business.”
Runners up to the prestigious accolade include Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln, Lincolnshire which took seconds place and Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon which came third.
Meanwhile, Henley’s of Wivenhoe in Colchester, Essex was announced as the best fish and chip shop on London and the South East.
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