A FAMILY-run fish and chip shop has gone one better than second plaice to win this year’s Yorkshire Evening Post Chippy of the Year competition.
Yorkshire Evening Post readers have voted Robin Hood Fisheries their favourite chippy of 2018 in the popular annual contest.
Gurminder Bains, who has run the shop on Leeds Road, Wakefield, with her husband Kulwant Singh-Bains for 11 years, said: “We were really happy to win after coming second in the competition last year.
“We definitely wanted to come first this year and our customers told us they wanted us to be number one.”
Mrs Bains added: “We have got customers who come from all over Leeds and Wakefield because they appreciate the quality of our fish and chips.
“I really enjoy interacting with our customers. We have been here 11 years so we know them all.”
The couple’s 24-year-old son Gurdeep works part-time at the shop,
Last year’s chippy of the year winner – The Bearded Sailor on Robin Lane at Pudsey – came second in this year’s contest.
Former Pudsey Grangefield High School maths teacher Alex Papaioannou bought Graveleys fish and chip shop in May 2016 and renamed it The Bearded Sailor in March 2017.
He spent thousands of pounds revamping the shop and takeaway and the shop and cafe are continuing to flourish.
Mr Papaioannou, 35, said “are really pleased, it’s lovely to be recognised for what we are doing.
“We are constantly striving to create the best possible fish and chips. A lot of work goes into our products. We are always looking to source the best fish and potatoes.”
Mr Papaioannou, added: “Our success is thanks to our loyal customers and hard working and committed staff, who are passionate about what they do.”
Mother Hubbard’s, which opened on Harehills Road, Harehills, Leeds, in January 2016, came third in the YEP for the second year running.
General manager Steve Keighley, said: “I’m quite chuffed. It’s good to come in the top three with all the competition in Leeds.
“We buy good quality products and maintain consistency with the quality of the food and service.
“I would like to say a big thanks to all our regular customers who come in week in and week out come rain or shine.”
Woodside Fisheries on Low Lane, Horsforth, came fourth for the second year running in the hotly-contested competition.