Two north-east fish and chip restaurants and shops have been recognised for their hard work.
Quayside Restaurant and Fish Bar took one of the top spots in the UK’s 10 Best Fish and Chip Restaurants in trade publication Fry Magazine, while Aberdeen’s Sea Salt & Sole was shortlisted in the magazine’s list of the UK’s Best 50 Fish and Chip Takeaways.
Quayside Restaurant and Fish Bar were also recently successful at the National Fish and Chip Awards where it secured two awards.
To make the top 10 listing in Fry Magazine, the restaurants had to impress a mystery diner who visited unannounced and marked the restaurant on more than 40 aspects of their business from the quality of the food and customer service, to cleanliness and value for money.
Quayside scored an impressive 97% with the mystery diner particularly praising “a beautiful piece of fish” and stating “the batter was light, fluffy and really well cooked.”
Ewen Lovie, co-owner of The Quayside Restaurant and Fish Bar, said: “To be recognised by our industry peers is especially rewarding. This is the second great piece of recognition this year for what is a huge team effort. We continuously try and improve our offering, but some essentials stay the same. We buy the best, freshest produce we can. We buy our produce as locally as we can, and we cook seasonally.”
Reece Head, competition organiser, said: “The eating out market is more competitive than ever and you can no longer just open your doors and expect a regular trade. The focus has to be on offering a quality product that’s consistent, accompanied by exceptional customer service in clean, inviting surroundings.
“Our 10 Best Fish and Chip Restaurants hit the mark on all these aspects day in, day out by buying the best ingredients, filtering their oil every day, sourcing the right packaging, training their staff and investing back into their premises. This all comes at a price, but these shops see the value it adds and it was makes them stand out.
“We are proud of all the winners and the efforts they go to not only to raise standards in our industry, but to set new ones too. The industry is so much more professional than it ever has been because of shops like those in our 10 Best who go the extra mile.”