The good news? The best fish and chip shop in the UK is Scottish.
The bad news, at least for 99% of the population, is that it is in Brae, Shetland. Not so handy if you are in, say, Alloa, and suddenly find yourself to be a bit peckish.
However, should you ever find yourself in Shetland and in need of a fine fish supper, then make tracks for Frankie’s Fish & Chips.
The shop was crowned the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year by awards host and BBC2 food and drink presenter, Nigel Barden, during a prestigious ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel in London.
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Valerie Johnson, owner of Frankie’s Fish & Chips, said: ‘We now get to go home to Shetland and say that our fish and chips are the best in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales – without exception. How amazing is that. This is the highlight of my working life. I can’t thank Seafish and my brilliant team enough. You’re a credit to the seafood industry. 2015 is Frankie’s year.’
In addition to wining the top prize, Frankie’s cleaned up by taking home the Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award.
Sponsored by MSC and MCS, this category recognises fish and chip businesses that are leading the way in the sourcing and promotion of sustainable fish and shellfish, working to protect supplies so they are available for future generations to enjoy.
Now in their 27th year, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK.
Previous winners have gone on to great success and reported sales increases of up to 100%.