Chippy batters opposition in bid to be named best in the North East

Pantrini's staff Kaysha Bridgett, Alison Ryan, Dylan Petts and Suzi Austin celebrate their award for being best takeaway in the region.

Pantrini's staff Kaysha Bridgett, Alison Ryan, Dylan Petts and Suzi Austin celebrate their award for being best takeaway in the region.

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A chippy has battered the opposition to walk away with a top award.

Pantrini’s Fish and Chips, in Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, has been named the top fish and chip shop in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear.

This is recognition for the region. One reason we have to have our standards so high is because of the good competition around us

Lee Taylor

It has been given the title as part of the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. Pantrini’s will now ‘fry’ for glory against Mister C’s, in Selby, to be named North East England’s best fish and chip shop.

And if successful, it will progress to the final with nine other regional winners in a bid to be crowed Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.

Lee Taylor, manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted, it has been a rigorous process.

“This award isn’t something people voted for, there are judges and it’s really difficult to win.

“This is recognition for the region.

“One reason we have to have our standards so high is because of the good competition around us, not just in North Tyneside but in Blyth and South Shields.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this. We spend so much time training the staff while we’re also so particular about buying the best ingredients and providing best value for money.

“We’re aiming to win this award over the next three or fours years if we miss out this year. All the staff are geared up for it and really excited.

“It would be nice to win it for Whitley Bay.”

Pantrini’s has already been judged on appearance, sourcing policies, customer service and staff training, ahead of further in-depth audits.

Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, 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 to aspire to.”

“The Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is one of the highest honours to receive as a fish and chip business.

“Many of our past winners and finalists have gone on to reap substantial benefits, including international fame through industry trips overseas, increased shop footfall and turnover and even launching their own products.

“It’s great to see so many excellent shops through to this stage of the competition.

“I’d like to offer up my congratulations and wish them the best as they prepare to continue their quest towards winning a regional title, but also thank them for consistently helping us to reinforce the UK’s reputation as the home of the world’s best fish and chips.”

In October, Seafish will announce the top ten regional winners competing for the flagship award.

These shops will then be invited on an all-expense paid study trip to Ålesund, Norway, organised by award sponsor the Norwegian Seafood Council, to witness first-hand why the country is regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable fishing nations.