Officially the best in Scotland

January 7th 2014

It’s official: Frankie’s Fish & Chips has been crowned the best chippy in Scotland.

We only opened five years ago, but in October we triumphed in the regional section of the National Fish & Chip Awards run by Seafish.

It caps a fantastic year of awards, which began in January when staff member Carlyn Kearney was named Drywite National Young Fish Frier of the Year.

We will now go head to head with other regional winners in the annual contest to become the best fish and chip shop in the UK. The results will be announced following presentations in London in January.

Manager John Gold said: “We’re well chuffed. It’s great for the staff. Five years to get best in Scotland is quite an achievement considering that Scotland has always been one of the hardest regions to win. I think Scotland has won most times in the national awards.”

Owner Valerie Johnson said that when she and her husband Gary opened the shop, which employs six full-time and 18 part-time staff and has a café as well as a takeway section, it was never their intention to push for national recognition.

“We’re very pleased but we owe a lot of our success to the quality of the fish and shellfish here in Shetland – it is all sustainable and sourced locally.

“We have great suppliers in Blydoit Fish and Blueshell Mussels and are in touch with them every day.”

According to John, attention to detail and a passion for the business have helped to propel Frankie’s into the running for the top spot in the country.

“We’ve listened and changed our menus to suit and adopted ideas that we have picked up from people in the trade all around the country.”

He added: “We’ve also put a strong emphasis on staff training to ensure that you enjoy the fish and chip experience.

“We have a passion for it as well. But our goal is to keep getting better.