A borough fish and chip shop is frying high after maintaining its place with the fish frying elite from across the UK.
Pantrini’s Fish and Chip Shops in Whitley Bay, retained the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award.
The award follows shortly of to after Pantrini’s being named in the top 20 fish and chip shops in the UK.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.
The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.
To qualify, each shop has to go through an inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.
Owners Lee and Sarah Taylor said: “We’re absolutely delighted to once again be recognised for our hard work and commitment to high standards, this is a difficult award to achieve and is only granted after an incredibly thorough four hour inspection.
“We’ve had a fantastic year by becoming the Area winner (Tyneside & Yorkshire) as voted for by the sea fish judges, putting us in the top 21 fish and chip shops in the country.
“This is the icing on the cake! Despite Whitley Bay suffering turbulent times in recent years, we’ve never give up and stayed loyal to our roots. Investing in our people through a committed training programme, employing up to 35 members of staff and buying local produce wherever possible. We’re very proud of Whitley Bay, our food and our staff.”
NFFF President Gregg Howard explained: “Pantrini’s clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from.
“Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”