York chippie shortlisted for brace of national “Gluten Free” awards

Scotts Fish and Chips manager Roxy Vasai

Fish and chips twice is on the menu for a York restaurant and takeaway after it was shortlisted for a brace of top national awards.

Scotts Fish and Chips is hoping to taste double success in the National Free From Eating Out Awards, where it is a finalist in both the Best Fish and Chip Shop and the Focus on Gluten categories.

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards is an annual awards ceremony that will this year be held at London Excel on Tuesday, November 20.

The awards ceremony celebrates innovation and “free from” excellence in the food service industry and awards are given out to eateries who understand how to cater safely for food allergic people.

The nomination in the Focus on Gluten Category follows on from the restaurant retaining its GF (gluten-free) accreditation from Coeliac UK – the national charity for individuals with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpitiformus – earlier this year.

This accreditation meant that Scotts has demonstrated it has all the procedures required in the kitchen to serve safe, gluten-free food, which it does seven days a week.

Tony Webster, owner of Scotts Fish and Chips, said: “This is the first time we have entered the Free From Eating Out Awards, so being shortlisted in two categories is a fantastic achievement. It’s another feather in our cap.

“We are very proud of our gluten-free fish and chips, and customers with coeliac disease and a wheat intolerance travel long distances to eat from our menu. They do so because they know they can trust us with its preparation and service.

“We go to great lengths to ensure the ingredients and utensils never get mixed up. The fish is cooked in a separate fryer and is served with gluten-free bread and butter.

“The team here are trained to keep the gluten-free food separate and handled differently to the regular fare, ensuring those on gluten-free diets will know that their own specific needs are taken into account.

“We have an army of regular customers travelling to us on a regular basis, with one customer with coeliac disease making a monthly journey from his Nottingham home.”


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