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High-frying Lincoln chip shop judged as one of top 10 in Britain

By AlexColman  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

Owner, Des Anastasiou says getting the temperature just right is the key to perfect fish and chips.

Owner, Des Anastasiou says getting the temperature just right is the key to perfect fish.

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A Lincoln fish and chip shop has been judged as one of the top 10 in Britain after qualifying for the finals of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2013.

Burton Road Fish and Chip shop has won the regional finals in the Best Independent Takeaway Award category and will now be going to London for the national finals in January.

The awards are run by Seafish, an industry body founded in 1981 and they are considered the most coveted in the industry.

Lincoln's chip shop will be up against competition from the likes of Trenchers in Whitby, North Yorkshire to Poppies in London, when the ten finalists fight for the national award on January 24, 2013.

Mystery shoppers tested the chip shop, looking at the quality of the food as well as the customer service, before coming back to inspect the entire premises examining everything from hygiene to training.

Des Anastasiou who owns the chippy with his partner Lesley Graves, was delighted with the award and says the team will be upping its game for the finals.

"We are looking at including additional things on the menu, still fish and chip related of course, and will be working even harder with customer service.

"There is no secret to good fish and chips, we encourage staff training and me an my partner Lesley try to pass on our experience, I've been in the industry for 33 years.

"You also need quality products, you can't go cheap on your products as the customers will know and you're going to fail.

"The key to frying the fish is getting the temperatures just right, too cold and you'll end up with greasy food."

Burton Road Chip Shop, along with the other finalists have been invited on a trip to Norway to learn more about their produce and how the Cod and Haddock fishermen operate.

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  • Mickcaddoo  |  September 30 2012, 6:44PM

    I've tasted fish 'n chips all over the place, Whitby included. But in my opinion the chip shop in Leyburn market square cooks the best fish 'n chips I have tasted ......ever! They still use "beef dripping", a far superior way. Mind you after eating them for 3 days on the trot you definately need to go on a detox, but well worth it. Mmmm can't wait for my next visit!

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  • Roadscource  |  September 27 2012, 12:51PM

    "Magpie Cafe in Whitby is far superior in my opinion" I dont rate that one either and it also has huge queues i just go to Quayside now, their battered Haggis is to die for.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 26 2012, 9:03PM

    I'm guessing the website had a few gremlins today? Perhaps that explains why the quotes from Mr Anastasiou are poorly punctuated and misspelt. I'm sure he did not specify an abundance of commas and a restriction on use of full stops.

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  • Andy612  |  September 26 2012, 6:59PM

    I agree Roadscource, I queued for ages at Trenchers and was very disappointed with what I got. In Whitby the Magpie Cafe is better. Burton Road Chippy is superb though.

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  • Andy612  |  September 26 2012, 6:58PM

    I agree Roadscource, I queued for ages at Trenchers and was very disappointed with what I got. In Whitby the Magpie Cafe is better. Burton Rd Chippy is superb though.

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  • Andy612  |  September 26 2012, 6:56PM

    I agree Roadscource - I queued for ages at Trenchers in May and was very disappointed with what I got. Magpie Cafe in Whitby is far superior in my opinion. Burton Rd chippy is superb.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 26 2012, 1:06PM

    Oh right its working now is it?

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  • Roadscource  |  September 26 2012, 1:00PM

    "Lincoln's chip shop will be up against competition from the likes of Trenchers in Whitby" Whats so special about them? All hype if you ask me. Well done Burton Road Fish and Chip shop.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 26 2012, 1:00PM

    "Lincoln's chip shop will be up against competition from the likes of Trenchers in Whitby" Whats so special about them? All hype if you ask me. Well done Burton Road Fish and Chip shop.

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