Capplemans in Pickering is frying high after being crowned the Malton and Pickering Mercury’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2014.
A judging panel, led by editor Ed Asquith and Craig Nattress, the visitor economy officer at Ryedale District Council, paid a Mystery Shopper-style visit to the finalists.
Judging criteria was based on value, service, presentation and, most importantly, the quality of the fish and the chips.
Capplemans took home the title from the shortlisted finalists of Eastgate Fisheries, Pickering; Nawton Fisheries, and Scotts of Helmsley, following nominations by readers.
Ed said: “It was a very tough decision as all the finalists offered excellent fish and chips, but after much discussion Capplemans was a worthy winner of the important title.”
Craig added: “The standards were incredibly high. It just goes to show that Ryedale offers an amazing variety of culinary delights.
“Fantastic food and drink is produced throughout the district and we are spoiled for choice.”
News of the award was met with delight by Mary Pattison, co-owner of Capplemans, and her staff.
The restaurant and takeaway has been based in the Market Place, Pickering, for the past four years and it is the second time it has been named Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.
“We were quite surprised but chuffed to bits,” said Mary. “The most important thing for us is our customers. We try to make sure they get the best product possible every time they come in - you are as good as your last meal.
“We also aim to be clean and very friendly by making people feel at home when they come in.”
The Mercury would like to thank all readers who voted in the competition and the owners of the fish and chip shops.