Double award success for Alnwick chip shop

Top Chips! Marco Biagioni and Adam Alexander at Carlo's in Alnwick.
Top Chips! Marco Biagioni and Adam Alexander at Carlo's in Alnwick.

An Alnwick takeaway and restaurant has maintained its place among the UK’s top fish and chip shops by once again scooping the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award.

Carlo’s, on Market Street, has been given the accolade by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), which runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.

In 2011, Carlo’s was the first shop in Northumberland to win the award, which is valid for two years.

Its retention is dependent on standards being maintained and validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.

And the Alnwick chippy has proved that it consistently serves the nation’s finest fish and chips by reaching the benchmark again.

In addition to this award, Carlo’s has recently received a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for which it is extremely proud.

Adam Alexander, co-owner, is very happy with the achievements of the shop this year so far.

He said “These are highly-coveted awards and we are extremely happy to have won them both.

“Year after year the bar is being raised on quality and standards and we feel that we have to work harder to demonstrate that we stand out from the rest.

“Fish and chips are our national dish and customers demand the very best from their local takeaway.

“They want their fish and chips to be tasty and they want good value for money.

“And now, more than ever, customers are thinking about sustainability in the seafood industry something which we are proud to offer.”

To qualify for the quality award, each shop has to go through an inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and the quality of the cooked product.