Orpington fish and chip shop named as one of the best in Britain
An Orpington fish and chip shop has wowed judges and been named one of the best in Britain.
The Village Fish and Chips in Petts Wood made the top 50 in the Fry Awards.
The family-run eatery was named one of the best in the nation after anonymous judges visited various takeaways and mobile fish and chip shops to find the crème de la crème.
The UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish and Chip Restaurants 2022/2023, according to Fry Magazine, sees mystery judges go into premises unannounced and secretly scrutinise a host of aspects including the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the premises, staff knowledge, value for money, ease of ordering and social media presence.
Shops can achieve 100 per cent if they score top marks on every section of the mystery dine, but had to achieve at least 95 per cent or over for takeaways to win an award and 92 per cent or over for restaurants.
Judges' comments included “the service was excellent”, “the food was perfectly packaged”, “the portions were good value”, “staff were clean, tidy and presentable”, “they wore name badges and hair nets”, “most importantly, they all wore a big smile.”
This is the 11th year the awards have been held and Fry Magazine has said that each year the judging criteria reflects the changing nature of the business.
For example, this year marks were awarded to shops that have introduced an ordering app.
On its website, The Village Fish and Chips said: "We are a family-run business.
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“We have been successfully voted by The Seafish Industry Authority as one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK along with winning many other coveted awards.
“Our aim has always been to provide our customers with the very best fish that is sustainable and responsibly sourced.
“All our fish is prepared and delivered daily to all our shops to ensure the very highest quality at all times.
“All our chips are prepared using the finest Maris Piper potatoes, sourced from UK farms that we have personally visited.
“Our chips are prepared onsite daily.”