A BRIDLINGTON chippy can rightly boast that it serves the best fish and chips in the whole country after coming top in a national contest.
Fish and Chips at 149, on Marton Road, battered off competition from shops throughout the UK to claim the prestigious number one spot at the 23rd annual National Fish & Chip Awards 2011, organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood.
Owners, Matthew Silk and Tracy Poskitt, were presented with the prize by top food critic Jay Rayner, at a ceremony held at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel last week.
Joint owner, Tracy Poskitt said: “To take home the highest accolade in the fish and chips industry is a dream come true.
“We’ve been working for many years to reach these heights and owe this award to our dedicated team and loyal customers whose support has made this possible. Fish and chips have been a British institution for 150 years and we are ecstatic to be taking our place in the proud history of this national dish.”
Set up by experienced, award-winning fish friers with over 46 years in the business, Fish and Chips at 149 has come up with a winning formula for chippy fans in the town.
The duo opened 149 in 2008 after completely refurbishing the premises and they make full use of new technology such as social networking site Facebook to promote their weekly deals and to update fans.
Fish and Chips at 149 also holds a five star quality rating from Seafish and Andy Gray, Customer Development Manager for Seafish said: “The awards are seen as the highlight of the industry calendar and represent the prize catch of the UK’s chippies.
“The shops are thoroughly judged on the quality of their fish and chips and all areas of the business including responsible seafood sourcing, customer service, food hygiene, staff training and community spirit.
“Fish and Chips at 149’s success is testament to the shop’s unwavering quality and hard work. They have an amazing team, with a very strong focus on staff training and development, and are very deserving winners.”
Jay Rayner, who presented the awards, said: “Britain’s chippies are a vital part of our food culture, they have seen us through times of war and peace and many of them continue to make a serious contribution to the debate on food, through their pioneering approach to fish stock sustainability.
“I’m looking forward to working my way through the top 10.”