Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, York, North Yorkshire has
today (25 January)
been crowned the UK's best fish and chip shop, as part of the 30th
anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
The shop scooped the ultimate title - Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award -
at a prestigious awards ceremony held today at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in
To secure the ultimate accolade, Millers Fish & Chips had to
fry at the top of
their game while progressing through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process
over a seven-month period; encompassing several mystery shopping
assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, reviewing everything
from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification - and of course,
customer service and the quality of the fish and chips being served.
The final stage of judging, held the day before the awards
January), put the shop's presentation skills to the test. They faced a 15-strong
specialist industry judging panel and 'battered' it out against nine other
regional finalists*. The shops were quizzed on a range of industry related
topics, and asked to demonstrate how they successfully run a profitable
business and plan for future development.
Commenting on their award win after receiving the distinguished
awards host, Nigel Barden, voice of food and drink on BBC Radio 2, co-owner
Nick Miller (28), who runs Millers Fish & Chips with his father David (56), said:
"We brought it home for Haxby! I can't believe we're 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."
At Millers, we wholeheartedly believe in making fish and chips
everyone. 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 use the finest, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients.
"As a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history,
we bring the
tradition associated with great British fish and chips together with a new,
innovative approach. This really does mean everything to us, and we're so
proud of our ourselves, our staff and our business."
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Seafish, added:
its competitive nature, the awards only reward the best of the best in the
industry. 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. They've had their eyes firmly on the prize since the
beginning, but more importantly they know who they are, what they want to be
and where they want to go.
"I have no doubt that they'll accomplish everything they want to
and will be
great ambassadors for our industry, helping us reinforce the fact that Britain is
the home of the world's best fish and chips."
30 years on from when the original Fish and Chip Shop of the
Year - Toff's of
Muswell Hill in London - was crowned in 1988, owner Nedi Toff comments:
"On behalf of our entire family I would like to congratulate Seafish on the 30th
anniversary of the awards. Being the very first winners was a privilege; we
relished every moment of the experience and endeavoured to uphold the
highest of standards during our time owning the shop.
"After retiring in 1997, I'm pleased to say that the present
owners of Toff's of
Muswell Hill have carried on our legacy with continued high standards and
excellent customer service.
"30 years on, Toff's is still the institution that Seafish
recognised all those
years ago! The moment we received the award our lives changed and we feel
like we will always be a part of The National Fish & Chip Awards family.
*10 finalists, one from each region in the UK, made the final
stage of judging.
Regions include: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England,
North West England, Midlands, Eastern England, London & South East
England, Central & Southern England and South West England