A FISH and chip shop in South Tyneside has netted yet another top award.
Staff at Colmans of South Shields are celebrating after picking up the sustainable restaurant association prize in the prestigious Les Routiers Awards.
It comes less than a year after owner Richard Ord met Prince Charles to discuss sustainability in the fish and chip industry.
It is also three years since the restaurant, in Ocean Road, South Shields, won the inaugural Good Catch Award.
Mr Ord said: “Sustainability is something which has always been extremely important to Colmans.
“We have always sourced locally-caught fish and seafoods, and it is imperative that everything in the restaurant and takeaway is responsibly sourced.
“All the environmental issues are of paramount importance to us.
“The whole team is thrilled to win another award, and it’s wonderful to, once again, be recognised as one of the best in the industry – something that our customers tell us every day.”
From the 12 categories in the Les Routiers Awards, Colmans of South Shields was one of only two winners from the North East.
The other was Blackcock Country Inn & Restaurant at Falstone, near Kielder Water, Northumberland, which picked up the Bed and Breakfast of the year accolade.
Judges said the winners of this year’s awards have consistently demonstrated exceptional service, hospitality and quality of food throughout the year.
A spokesman from Les Routiers UK & Ireland said: “This year has been so competitive.
“We’ve had such good feedback from the many fans of our nominees, together with outstanding performance by all, that it has made the judging process this year one of the toughest we’ve ever encountered.”