Washington chippy is batter than the rest in Tyne and Wear

Manveer Singh outside his prize-winning chippie, thrilled with the latest accolade.
Manveer Singh outside his prize-winning chippie, thrilled with the latest accolade.
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A CHIPPY has shown it is batter than the rest after scooping a top award.

Ritz fish and shop in Oxclose Road, Washington, wrapped the opposition after taking the Choice Chip Award for Best Chippy Chips in Tyne and Wear.

Run by the Potato Council each year in recognition of Chip Week, which ran until yesterday, the awards champion the tastiest servings of chips across Great Britain.

This year a record number of 68,000 Brits voted for their favourite shop out of 900 entrants across 10 regions.

Customers of Ritz voted in their masses, battering stiff competition from some of the area’s top takeaways to ensure their perfectly cooked portions were bagged first ‘plaice’.

The shop has been owned by Manveer Singh, 33, for the last eight years and been open for more than 40 years.

He is helped by wife Jasvir, 32, dad Chinda, 54, and mum Manjit Kaur, 54.

It is the second year running the business has won the award.

Manveer said: “It’s really exciting and we want to thank customers for voting because it’s thanks to their love and loyalty that we’ve won again.”

He puts the firm following of customers down to the finest ingredients the shop uses.

Kate Cox, of the Potato Council, said: “Here in Great Britain we are undoubtedly a nation of chip lovers and Chip Week is a fantastic celebration of our great British food tradition.

“Us Brits feel strongly about supporting our local chippy, so it’s no surprise so many people took the time to vote for their favourite in the Choice Chip Awards this year.”

Almost 700,000 tonnes of potatoes are made into fresh chips in Great Britain every year and 10,500 football pitches worth of fields used to produce the vegetable.