Scottish fish and chip shop with eco credentials crowned British winner
After fish and chip shops across the UK battled it out to be the best in the business, an ethical chippy in Scotland has today taken the crown.
The Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant in Fife wowed the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year judging panel with its impressive menu of ethically sourced fare – including ethically fished North Sea haddock, Pittenweem prawns and Shetland organic cod, caught from the world’s first sustainable solution to wild cod fisheries.
Staff at Anstruther are already accustomed to media attention, having taken home Scotland’s Number One chippy crown on four separate occasions.
And it’s not just industry experts who rate the British fare – celebs including Robert de Niro, Tom Hanks and Prince William have all lined up in the pouring rain to sample the top nosh.
Chippy owner, Alison Smith, who has manned the shop with her husband, Robert, for 25 years, said of the victory: ‘Claiming the national title has always been our ambition, it’s the ultimate goal in our industry.’
Seafish projects manager Andy Gray said: ‘It’s unlike any other fish and chip shop. Not only does it have a picturesque harbourside setting but its service is second to none. Dedicated staff are trained to greet tourists in their mother tongue and many golfers make a beeline to the shop after playing the region’s famous golf courses.’
Gray highlighted the chippy’s eco credentials adding: ‘There’s a good range of fish available from sustainably caught cod to monkfish and the owners educate consumers with in-store information points.’
Ooh, now who doesn’t fancy a fish and chip Friday lunch after that?