Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby was crowned the top shop at the National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish, yesterday (25 January).
Nick Miller, who runs the shop with his father David, said they tried to make fish and chips accessible for everyone, offering a range of gluten-free, halal and vegetarian options.
“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,” said Nick.
“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.
“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.”
The award follows a seven-month judging period, which included several ‘mystery shopping’ assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts covering responsible sourcing, diversity of the menu and customer service.
The final stages saw the shop’s presentation skills put to the test, ‘battering’ it out against nine other regional finalists in front of a 15-strong judging panel.
The shops were also asked to demonstrate how they successfully run a profitable business and plan for future development.
“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,” said Marcus Coleman, chief executive officer at Seafish.
“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.”