A well-loved fish and chips takeaway in Petts Wood has been honoured as one of the winners for the best fish and chips takeaway across the UK.

The Village Chippy, located at 196 Petts Wood Road, was amongst the 50 best Fish and Chip Takeaways 2024, rated by Fry Magazine.

Fry Magazine’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants 2024 recognises operators setting the “gold standard” in food quality, customer service and marketing.

Owners of The Village Chippy, Serena and Andy Pybus have been running the business for 16 years, and Serena says it feels “amazing” to be crowned the winner, but adds, “all the credit goes to the staff”.

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She told the News Shopper: “We received two mystery papers and got 100 per cent on everything, including the food and the service.

“Our staff do an absolutely amazing job and it's a really big morale boost.

“It comes at such a nice time of year – we’ve just come out of January, and then we’ve got this boost, so yeah, it's lovely.

“They're really, really happy and they work really hard – we’re really proud of them.”

After months of anonymous dining visits, judges scrutinized various aspects such as food quality, cleanliness, staff knowledge, value, ordering convenience, and online presence.

To earn top marks, shops needed 100 per cent, while takeaways required at least 95.5 per cent and restaurants 95 per cent for recognition.

The Village Chippy is the only chip shop in south east London to be crowned the winner, and Serena says she received the email on Wednesday confirming that her takeaway has made the winners list.

Serena added: “We have the same regular customers all week, but we see a few newbies who are visiting the area or come and try us after winning the ‘Good Food Award’.

“It’s quite a foodie area, and I think customers see us and try us.

“It’s a big deal for us in the little fish and chip shop world – we’re really happy.”

Reece Head, competition organiser, says: “It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways and 10 Best Fish & Chip Restaurants winners.

“Despite the formidable challenges posed by inflationary pressures that have affected every aspect of the industry, these remarkable establishments continue to deliver top quality fish and chips using the finest ingredients.

“Their dedication extends beyond the plate, as they invest in cutting-edge equipment to facilitate seamless and swift transactions, coupled with rigorous training in customer service. Uncompromising in their standards, they are truly the best in the business and deserve their recognition.”

All takeaways, restaurants and mobiles that entered receive their mystery dining report while winners also receive a poster and a plaque to proudly display in their shops.