Paignton Pier Chippy frying high with success

Paignton Pier Chippy owner Lorraine Arnold and shop manager James Astles celebrate the success.

Paignton Pier Chippy owner Lorraine Arnold and shop manager James Astles celebrate the success. - Credit: Submitted

Paignton Pier Chippy Co has maintained its place among the UK’s top fish and chip shops by achieving the prestigious NFFF Quality Accreditation.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within and enhancing the profile of the fish and chip industry.

The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.

To qualify, each shop has to go through a virtual inspection by an NFFF approved assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.

Paignton Pier Chippy owner Lorraine Arnold said: “We are delighted to maintain our place in the scheme. To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff, especially my manager James Astles, who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation.  

"The accreditation continues our great success which the shop has achieved since opening just three years ago. 

"We have been a top three finalist in the best newcomer award, NFFF Quality Award Champion Award and sustainable seafood award at the National Fish and Chip Awards together with this. 

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"I would personally like to thank all our customers, new and old. All businesses have found the coronavirus pandemic extremely difficult and the support and encouragement they have offered has been great. 

"We are also delighted to confirm we will be opening a second branch at Pier Point, Torquay, hopefully before Easter.” 

NFFF president Andrew Crook said: "The NFFF Quality Accreditation scheme is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish. 

"Paignton Pier Chippy Co clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Andrew. 

"Achieving the NFFF Quality Accreditation provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients."

Bryan Carroll, from awards sponsor Sarson’s, said: “Obtaining the Quality Accreditation award is a coveted achievement. Congratulations to Paignton Pier Chippy Co for joining an elite selection of fish and chip shops who have proven their commitment to maintaining the highest levels of quality. "

Paignton Pier Chippy Co offers a click-and-collect service seven days a week and can also provide a delivery service every Friday and Saturday for customers unable to travel. For more information call 018035 27772.