A MODEST family run Yorkshire business has won this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards.
Competing against formidable opposition, Millers Fish & Chip shop in the village of Haxby (population 8,400), on the outskirts of York, were presented with the top prize at a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Millers is run by father-and-son team Nick and David Miller, and the business has been in the family for four generations.
It sells the traditional fish and chip shop fare, but also caters for all dietary requirements, with separate gluten free and halal menus.
Nick Miller said afterwards: ‘I can’t believe we are the UK’s best fish and chip shop. Words can’t describe how this feels.
‘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.’
The winning pair explained how they mix tradition with innovation, saying: ‘We operate a separate frying area to cater for allergen free diets and offer a range of gluten free, halal and vegetarian products, all cooked using only the finest, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.’
The Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln was voted second, while the Harbourside Fish & Chips of Plymouth came in third.
The Scottish regional winner was Cromars Classic Fish & Chips, based in Union Street, St Andrews.
The awards, organised by Seafish, are now in their 30th year. Marcus Coleman, Seafish CEO, said: ‘Millers Fish & Chips demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise to be crowned the winner of our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive.
‘Having been judged on every element of running a successful fish and chip business, I can safely say that their expertise, skill and dedication is outstanding.
‘With the combination of David’s experience and Nick’s modern approach, they are a team to be reckoned with and one of the industry’s greatest double acts.’
Picture: Winners Nick and David Miller