Training award win for chippy

Sue Brotherton and Lee Taylor, of Pantrini's, are given their award by food critic Jay Rayner.
Sue Brotherton and Lee Taylor, of Pantrini's, are given their award by food critic Jay Rayner.

A NORTH Tyneside chippy has proved it is batter than the rest after landing a top award.

Pantrini’s Fish and Chip Restaurant in Whitley Bay picked up the prize for staff training and development at the 23rd annual National Fish and Chip Awards.

The winners were announced last Thursday at a ceremony in London hosted by food critic Jay Rayner.

The Marine Avenue chippy beat Frankie’s Fish and Chips in Brae, Shetland, and Royal Fisheries in Whitby to claim the award, sponsored by Staffordshire sausage-maker James T Blakeman & Co.

Lee Taylor, owner of Pantrini’s, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious award, particularly in the face of such stiff competition.

“It’s the icing on the cake and the fruits of our hard labour.

“Investing in the training and development of young local people is the key to continually delivering excellent customer service for our loyal customers.

“At a time when unemployment figures are rising and the focus locally has been on business closure rather than opportunity, we are very proud to have been recognised for investing in our staff.”

Andy Gray, customer development manager for the seafood authority Seafish, said: “The achievements of Pantrini’s are highly impressive.

“The UK’s fish and chip shops continue to deliver the highest quality food and service, and all three finalists should be very proud.”