Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln has been named the nation’s second best Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.
The takeaway was awarded the title at a special ceremony, considered the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry, on January 26, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.
To secure their spot, Burton Road Chippy had to go through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process over a seven month period, encompassing several mystery shopping assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, who reviewed everything from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification.
The final stage of judging, held the day before the awards ceremony, saw Burton Road Chippy up against nine other regional finalists in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch.
Shop co-owner Lesley Graves said: “Winning the regional award for Eastern England was extremely exciting, but to come in second place and be one of the UK’s top two fish and chip shops is an absolutely massive achievement.
“We’ve been entering the awards since 2013 and have been shortlisted for numerous accolades during that time, we were actually crowned the UK’s best restaurant for 2015.
“This year we really stepped up to the next level, working not only to improve our business but to also positively impact the industry.
“With portion control high on the agenda we developed our very own ‘Chip Scoop’ to maximise the consistency of our serving sizes.
“We’ve also started working with Visit Lincoln to promote the city as a destination and grow tourism figures.”
Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, organisers of the awards, said: “The aim of the National Fish & Chip Awards has always been to showcase the very best fish and chip businesses and individuals in the UK while setting incredibly high standards for the industry.
“Burton Road Chippy excelled across every aspect of running a successful business. They stood out for their enthusiasm, skill-set and sheer passion which were evident throughout the entire judging process. They’re very worthy runners up and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”