Village chip shop batters rivals with award victory

John Gillmore, left, presents Matt Black with his certificate.
John Gillmore, left, presents Matt Black with his certificate.

A popular chippy has scooped the industry’s top kitemark just months after opening.

Black’s Finest Fish and Chips, in High Road, Halton, won a sought-after National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) quality award.

Owner Matt Black, 32, of Lancaster, who bought and refurbished the shop last summer, said: “When the assessor came out he was impressed that we applied for it so early on.

“When you take on a business, you’re a bit nervous about whether you’re making mistakes but this is recognition to say we are doing OK so it’s really good to achieve this and it’s good for staff morale.”

The awards are given to businesses based on hygiene, taste, food preparation and customer service quality.

Matt, who studied for a music degree before fulfilling his dream to open his own business, is proudly displaying the certificate in the shop.

It was presented to him by BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore on Tuesday.

Matt said the shop’s success was continuing to grow.

He said: “We are making more money now than we ever have and we are taking on more staff. We now employ nine people and they are all local people from Halton.”

His mother Kay is a sleeping partner in the venture, which is open six days a week.