A fish and chip shop in Leeds has battered the opposition after seeing off competition from hundreds of others from across the city to be crowned the Yorkshire Evening Post Chippy of the Year.
Frydays has been chipping away at building up the business over the last six years and owner, Stratis Michael, said: “I have been doing it for 40 years, since I was a boy I have been picking up potato bags but I feel I have peaked - this is the greatest achievement.
“We are ecstatic. We have won other awards in the professional world, but this one outweighs it all. It is like the referendum, it is what the people have chosen.”
Fryday’s on Street Lane at Roundhay polled the most votes after the YEP launched a search to find the chippy which serves up the best portion of the nation’s favourite take-away.
Mr Michael, who runs Fryday’s with wife Maria and four other part-time staff, said it was consistency which was key to reeling the punters back in and added that from day one his customers have remained loyal.
He said: “Every time you come here you know you are not having a bad meal - we are not the cheapest but we can guarantee the quality.”
Park Fisheries on Beeston Road came second in the reader vote and business owner Simon Mortimer said for him and partner Gail, good customer service was vital.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The business has been here for 80 years, it is an old fashioned chip shop and we have got customers that have been coming long before I got here.
“It is about relating to people that come in, having a natter with them and talking to them the way that they want to be spoken to.”
Mr Mortimer also believes that keeping the menu simple and traditional works.
“We don’t have a vast menu. We stick to traditional and doing what we do good.”
One of Leeds’ oldest chippies also cut the mustard with its newest managers.
Matthew and Helen Edwards have been running third-placed Pudsey Road Fisheries for just over three years and say their best ingredient is freshness.
He said: “There is no greater sound than when it just comes out of the pan and the salt and vinegar sizzles. That shows how fresh it all is.”
The couple took over the business, which has been going since at least 1927, from a family friend and won’t reveal the all-important secret to crisp batter and fluffy chips but added “it is all about freshness”.
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