The Fish Works in Largs has a recipe for success – having been named one of the top 50 fries in the UK.
The popular seaside stop was included in Fry Magazine’s 50 Best Takeouts of the Year.
Only eight other Scottish chippies made the list, with only one other Ayrshire business – The Plaice to Be in Kilmarnock – receiving the stamp of approval.
Owner Tiffany Irvin says she and her husband Ross are thrilled to have been selected in a very competitive competition.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted to be included, to be nominated by Fry Magazine is truly the pinnacle for chip shops in the UK.
“Almost every chippy in the UK is included, so to be in the top 50 out of around 10,000 is just surreal.
“Being listed is really good for our team and shows that our hard work to continue during the pandemic has paid off.
“It’s a real honor to be included. We’ve admired some of the other names on the list for years.
Each competing chippy is visited twice by mystery judges who taste the food and give scores out of 100.
The Fish Works has claimed a top 50 spot for the third consecutive year, which Tiffany says highlights its consistently high standards.
She said: “To be with a shot you have to be 90% good for both mystery visits, so we were delighted to find that we got 98%.
“It’s a score we’re really proud of. Having six mystery shoppers over three years and getting consistently high ratings is so nice.
“You never know when they’re coming, so it really keeps you on your toes and striving to be your best every day.”
Tiffany praised its staff for their key role in customer satisfaction.
She said: “We have such a fantastic team without whom we couldn’t do this, and it’s a huge achievement for everyone involved in The Fish Works.
“It’s also great for Largs and puts the town firmly on the map for people traveling to Ayrshire this summer.
“We’re both locals from Largs, so anything we can do with The Fish Works that benefits our town is awesome.
“Hopefully more people will come this summer and that will help word of mouth and bring people to town.
“It’s great for the local economy and jobs – the more people that come to Largs, the more local businesses can benefit.”