Millers Fish & Chips in Haxby, York, North Yorkshire have been crowned the UK’s best fish and chip shop, as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
The shop scooped the ultimate title – Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
To secure the ultimate accolade, Millers Fish & Chips had to fry at the top of their game while progressing through a rigorous, multi-stage judging process over a seven-month period; encompassing several mystery shopping assessments and in-depth audits by industry experts, reviewing everything from responsible sourcing policies to menu diversification – and of course, customer service and the quality of the fish and chips being served.
The final stage of judging, held the day before the awards ceremony (24 January), put the shop’s presentation skills to the test. They faced a 15-strong specialist industry judging panel and ‘battered’ it out against nine other regional finalists*. The shops were quizzed on a range of industry related topics, and asked to demonstrate how they successfully run a profitable business and plan for future development.
Commenting on their award win after receiving the distinguished trophy from awards host, Nigel Barden, voice of food and drink on BBC Radio 2, co-owner Nick Miller (28), who runs Millers Fish & Chips with his father David (56), said: “We brought it home for Haxby! I can’t believe we’re the UK’s best fish and chip shop – words can’t describe how this feels.
“We entered the competition for the first time last year, and were so proud to get to the final, but to go all the way this time and scoop the ‘Oscar’ of the fish and chip world is truly amazing.
“At Millers, we wholeheartedly believe in making fish and chips accessible for everyone. We operate a separate frying area to cater for allergen-free diets, and offer a range of gluten-free, halal and vegetarian products, all cooked using only use the finest, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients.
“As a fourth-generation family business with a 77-year history, we bring the tradition associated with great British fish and chips together with a new, innovative approach. This really does mean everything to us, and we’re so proud of our ourselves, our staff and our business.”
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Seafish, added: “Renowned for its competitive nature, the awards only reward the best of the best in the industry. Millers Fish & Chips demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise to be crowned the winner of our Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award – one of the highest honours a fish and chip business can receive.
“Having been judged on every element of running a successful fish and chip business, I can safely say that their expertise, skill and dedication is outstanding. With the combination of David’s experience and Nick’s modern approach, they are a team to be reckoned with and one of the industry’s greatest double acts. They’ve had their eyes firmly on the prize since the beginning, but more importantly they know who they are, what they want to be and where they want to go.
“I have no doubt that they’ll accomplish everything they want to and will be great ambassadors for our industry, helping us reinforce the fact that Britain is the home of the world’s best fish and chips.”
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*10 finalists, one from each region in the UK, made the final stage of judging. Regions include: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Midlands, Eastern England, London & South East England, Central & Southern England and South West England.