Fife restaurant voted best UK fish and chip shop Published: 23 January, 2009
A SCOTTISH fish and chip shop has been hailed as Britain’s top chippy with sustainability issues playing a key part in its success. Staff at the Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant in Fife were celebrating their success, beating a large number of impressive other UK competitions.
The judges in the annual Seafish Fish and Chip Shop of the Year contest said they were impressed with the restaurant s menu of ethically sourced North Sea haddock, Pittenweem prawns and Shetland organic cod from the world’s first sustainable solution to wild fisheries.
The business has more than two decades experience in the industry and long standing relationships with skippers in Aberdeen and Peterhead.Owners Alison and Robert Smith, said the judges,serve fish fresh off day boats in an inviting setting. Alison Smith said: “Claiming the national title has always been our ambition, it’s the ultimate goal in our industry.”
The ten regional finalists were judged on areas such as customer service, and product quality as well as their commitment to building a sustainable future for the industry by sourcing their fish from wellmanaged stocks. This week new figures showed fish and chip shops were enjoying a boom in the recession. The second best shop was Colmans of South Shields while in the North West regional winners, Thornton Fisheries, were voted into third place..
Seafish projects manager Andy Gray said the Fife winner was unlike any other fish and chip shop. It had a picturesque harbour side setting and second to none service..
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