Boss revels in Chip Shop of the Year win

Chris Stringer, Ethan Delay, Michael Taylor, Nikki Shiel and Dave Turnbull from the Neptune Fish Bar in Seahouses. Picture Jane Coltman
Chris Stringer, Ethan Delay, Michael Taylor, Nikki Shiel and Dave Turnbull from the Neptune Fish Bar in Seahouses. Picture Jane Coltman

The delighted boss of a seaside takeaway and restaurant has praised his dedicated staff and loyal customers for helping it win the Northumberland Gazette’s Chip Shop of the Year competition.

Success was on the menu for Neptune Fish Restaurant, in Seahouses, as it landed the coveted prize following a reader vote, as revealed in last week’s paper.

Proving it was batter than the rest, the village eatery beat off stiff competition from four other shortlisted venues; Amble’s Harbour Fish Bar, Carlo’s in Alnwick, The John Dory, in Belford, and fellow Seahouses premises, Lewis’s.

Neptune owner and manager Michael Taylor told the Gazette it was a proud moment for the business.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the award. We are all very happy.

“It is reward for all the hard work that the staff have put in and it is nice to be recognised.”

After Neptune was crowned as the best plaice to go for fish and chips, Michael added: “We beat off some really good competition. People come to the North-East coast for fish and chips and there is a lot of competition out there, so it is nice to win this award.”

Despite being up against some high-calibre opposition, Michael, who owns the Seafield Road-based shop with older brother Chris, always believed that Neptune could come out victorious.

“I was quietly confident,” admitted the 36-year-old, who has had the business for more than a decade.

“We employee around 12 members of staff and they are a great team who work hard and maintain the great standards that we have set, giving the public what they want.”

With the winning fish and chip shop being decided by a public vote – after a shortlist was drawn up through reader nominations – Michael reserved special praise for his customers.

He said: “I want to thank everybody who supported us in this competition.

“We do get a lot of returning custom and we appreciate their support.

“We are committed to serving up a consistently good product and it is with the help of customer feedback that enables us to maintain our high standards.”

The competition was launched during National Chip Week in February when we invited readers to tell us about their favourite chippy.