Frankie’s Fish and Chips on Stoddart Street, South Shields is celebrating having been voted the Chip Shop of the Year - for the second time - by customers and readers of the Gazette.
This year’s runners up were Fryday's Fish Bar & Grill on Smithy Street in second place, with Green Lane Fisheries in third.
Frankie’s Fish and Chips, which first took the title in 2015, has consistently come out in the top three year on year, up against some stiff competition.
Now the award will be going proudly on display in the shop, an accolade that owners Frankie and Stephanie Dowdall, who have run the business for six years, couldn’t be happier to accept.
“We’re over the moon. It’s quite an achievement considering all the competition that we have had,” said Stephanie.
“We couldn’t be happier,” Frankie added.
“It’s all down to the excellent staff, who have worked with us for years and the customers who come. We have a very loyal, large customer base, everbody knows the staff by name they’re that regular,” Stephanie continued, and gave a special shout out their fryer, Keith Beat.
“Keith is just amazing - it’s all him, he does the batter.”
The secret to their highly sought-after fish and chips, which are all cooked fresh, is to stick to what they know, said Stephanie.
“We keep everything exactly the same, and we always use the same fish.”
As the business continues to go from strength to strength, what’s next for Frankie’s Fish and Chips? Aside from fiercely defending their title next year, of course.
Stephanie said: “The plan is to keep on winning every year, or being in the top three. To keep the staff that we have got and the customers, and to keep everybody happy.”
Stephanie added: “We just want to say a big thank you to everybody we couldn’t be happier - and if you haven’t tried us come along, you don’t know what you’re missing.”