A takeaway is in the chips again.
Slaithwaite’s Hill Top Fisheries is only one of three chippies in West Yorkshire to have made it into industry Fry Magazine’s top 50 in the UK for the last four years running.
And this year’s win will definitely be one to remember for owners Sue Meades and Colin Shearer, who have called it a day at the Royd Street shop after four years in the business.
Sue, 57, and Colin, 58, have given over ownership to new owner Oliver Morton so that they can retire and set off on an indefinite cruise on their narrow boat.
But Sue said that she expects all will stay the same at the takeaway, which she and Colin began in 2012, due to Oliver’s commitment to continue their success.
“We were not expecting to win the award again this year so it is a great note to go out on”, said Sue.
“Before 2012 we’d never run a chip shop before– I was a sales manager and Colin was in construction.
“It’s been four years of hard slog which we’ve really enjoyed but now we want to make use of our narrow boat.
“Oliver is young and enthusiastic and he’ll hopefully keep Hill Top going up and up.”
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Sue explained why she thought the fish and chip shop had won the award each year since it was opened.
“I think it’s due to our customer service and the quality of the product”, she said.
“We have a lot of regular customers including elderly people, families and single mums who we’ve become friends with over the years.
“They come in not just for fish and chips but for a chat and we couldn’t have done what we have without them.
“In terms of our food, we fry in traditional beef dripping and vegetable oil for non-meat eaters.
“We’ve got a varied menu with fish like cod and haddock but also things that you can’t get elsewhere .
“We do battered black pudding, haggis, pulled pork and our popular cheesy spam fritter.
“Oliver is taking on our three current staff and said that he doesn’t see the point of changing anything when it’s working well.”
Sue thanked the local suppliers who supply her team with potatoes and vegetables.
“They’ve all really helped us over the years”, she said.