Frankie’s Fish & Chips has been crowned the second best in the country.

Frankie’s Fish & Chips has been crowned the second best in the country.

We were the runner-up in the top chippy award at the National Fish & Chip Awards sponsored by Seafish on Wednesday 22nd January in London.

As winner of the Scottish regional award, we competed against nine other fish and chip shops from around the country.

Eventual winner of the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award was the Quayside in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

“It’s a tremendous honour for us to have been recognised as the best in Scotland and second best in the UK,” said owner Valerie Johnson who gave a presentation to 12 judges on Tuesday 21st January at the Lancaster London Hotel.

It included a short video by local filmmakers JJ Jamieson and Dave Donaldson with a backing track – Frankie’s reel – composed by JJ and Peter Gear.

“This gives us a great platform to promote ourselves and the fish and chip shop trade in general,” said Mrs Johnson. “We are delighted.”

“Several of the judges commented that the standard of entrants this year was higher than it has ever been,” said Valerie. “So to have risen to where we have among our outstanding peers in the trade gives us great satisfaction."

“Frankie’s is just over five years old and all the staff have worked extremely hard to ensure our produce and customer service is as good as it can be."

“In fact, our staff are our most important asset, so I’m delighted for the recognition this gives them.”

This latest success at the awards, hosted by celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli, follows four major awards at the same event last year.

Staff member Carlyn Kearney was named Drywite National Young Fish Frier of the Year and Frankie’s picked up the Staff Training & Development Award, the From Field to Frier Award and the Amanda Seafoods Challenge Award.