Foodie has his chips

Fish and Chips at 149 in Bridlington, battered off competition from shops throughout the UK to claim the prestigious title. 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.
Fish and Chips at 149 in Bridlington, battered off competition from shops throughout the UK to claim the prestigious title. 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.

FISH and Chips at 149 has attracted a celebrity fan, who has described them as the “best fish and chip shop on the planet”.

Food critic Jay Rayner, who writes for the Guardian and Observer as well as appearing on TVs the One Show, completed a day’s work at the shop, on Marton Road, for an article published in the Guardian last month.

Joint manager Tracy Poskitt said that Jay had worked hard and been popular with the staff when he visited at the end of June.

“It is very nice to hear the compliments in the article, and it was great to have Jay here to show him what we do at the shop,” said Tracy, who manages the shop along with Matthew Silk.

“A lot of our younger customers recognised him from the One Show, and all the staff spoke to him and got their photographs taken - it was a good day.”

The article praising the shop was published in the Guardian and the Observer, although sharp eyed internet users quickly pointed out to Mr Rayner that he had wrongly placed Bridlington in ‘North Yorkshire’ in his piece.

Fish and Chips at 149, which won this year’s National Chippy of the Year award, also appeared on TV in last week’s Countrywise epsiode.

And it wasn’t the last award the shop would receive, as they also scooped the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award in July.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade.

The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence, and comes after a registered inspector visits the shop.