A York fish and chip restaurant has proved a “quality” act after being honoured with a top industry award.
Scotts Fish & Chips, located just off the A64 at Bilbrough, has been presented the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Quality Award scheme.
Run by the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, the quality awards are a way to raise standards within the fish and chip trade, as well as enhancing the profile of the industry.
This award comes just three months after its sister venue, Scotts of Helmsley, retained its quality award.
And those establishments displaying the NFFF Quality Award are the ones that provide good quality products, high standards of hygiene and high level of competence.
The process to become awarded involves an inspection carried out by the National Federation of Fish Friers, who assess the shop’s presentation, hygiene, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and the quality of the cooked product.
Tony Webster, owner of Scotts Fish & Chips, said: “Being awarded the NFFF Quality Award is fantastic news.
“I particularly want to pay tribute to the wonderful team we have there which is led by ‘Young Frier’ Roxy Vasai and Dave Bradshaw, who, in turn, take their lead from Scotts’ chef manager, Shane White.
“Being able to display this award is a reassurance to our customers. It means that as soon as they step through our door – either into the restaurant or the take away – they are entering a quality establishment that serves food of the highest quality.”
Mr Webster added: “Scotts is fast becoming a byword for quality, and we know that reputations are hard won and easily lost. We will not be resting on our laurels, but will be working incredibly hard to ensure we live up to this honour.
“We have customers that travel from all parts of the region to enjoy not just our fish and chips, but our wide range of homemade dishes. Our gluten free foods are incredibly popular with those who have wheat allergies.”
Hugh Mantle, NFFF assessor, said: “This award is only given to establishments that meet – and beat – an exhaustive set of standards, including quality of food, cleanliness and staff competence.
“The average assessment takes about four hours to complete and there is no guarantee of passing.
“I’m delighted to say Scotts Fish & Chips have done a phenomenal job and they really are high quality fish and chip business. They now get to display this war for the next two years, when they will be assessed again.”