Hadleys crowned chip shop champion

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Whitby’s best fish and chip shop has been announced by your Gazette.

After locals voted in huge numbers for their favourite chippy, Hadleys Fish Restaurant in Church Street was crowned the Gazette’s Chip Shop Challenge champion for 2014.

This year’s finalists - the four outlets who received the most votes from Gazette readers - were Hadleys and Riverside Fisheries in Church Street, Railway Chippy in Fishburn Road and Silver Street Fisheries.

A four-man panel of judges comprising Magpie chef Paul Gildroy, Gazette editor Ed Asquith, sports editor Duncan Atkins and reporter Rhys Howell sampled fish and chips from the finalists last Thursday afternoon.

All four finalists were judged on customer service, portion size, appearance, taste, batter crispness and value for money.

Nicole Hadley (pictured above with Ed Asquith), manages winning chippy Hadleys alongside her brother Chris.

She said: “We are really pleased to have won the Whitby Gazette’s Chip Shop Challenge.

“We work very hard to try and ensure that we serve the best fish and chips, so it’s nice to get recognition for that.

“Our secret is using the right combination of the best products, while we have also benefited from the expert knowledge that has been handed down to us from our grandfather.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for us.”

Chip Shop Challenge judge Paul Gildroy, chef at The Magpie who provides the Gazette with a weekly fish recipe of the week, was impressed with the overall quality of the fare.

He felt that this year’s competition was extremely close, with little to choose between the finalists.

“Hadley’s served up a nice piece of fish, the chips were crispy yet still fluffy in the middle, and the portion size was good,” he said.

“It was very close overall.”