THIS family-run Sunderland chippy has battered the competition to be named the best on Wearside.
The Echo can today reveal that Redz, in Silksworth Lane, Barnes Roundabout, is the winner of our Chip Shop of the Year award for 2015.
We gave readers the chance to let us know where there they think provides the best fish and chip meals each day, with Redz topping the poll.
The shop’s ecstatic owner George Redford, whose wife Wendy and daughter Brooke also work at the shop, said today: “We’re absolutely overwhelmed that we’ve won.
“We knew we had made it into the top 10, but to be told we’ve won is just brilliant.
“There’s been a fantastic response at the shop since the nominations came out which is amazing considering we’ve only been open here six months.
We knew we had made it into the top 10, but to be told we’ve won is just brilliantRedz owner George Redford
“I really think it’s my greatest achievement.”
Speaking about the secret of his business’s success, Mr Redford, 52, who has been in the industry for 11 years and also runs a chip shop in West Rainton, said: “We always try and keep on top of our fish, the potatoes and the frying.
“A few months ago I wasn’t getting the right potatoes so I had to go through about 15 sample bags to find better ones.
“Sometimes you have to try a few different things.
“I’ve also been using a Martyn Edwards Omega high efficiency frying machine to reduce the shop’s carbon footprint.”
Mr Redford, of Washington, added that he and the staff owe a debt of gratitude to fish and chip fans who voted for Redz in their droves.
“I’ve got to say a massive thank you to all of the customers because we couldn’t have done this without them,” he said.
“And also the staff, including my wife and daughter, who are very hard-working and dedicated.
“To win this when a lot of other fantastic shops in Sunderland have entered is amazing.”
Redz beat nine other candidates on the shortlist to the title, with the winner decided by a text vote which also accepted votes in paper.
Runners up in the contest, in no particular order, are The Hut, Warwick Terrace, Tommy’s, Doxford Park, Angels in Derwent Street, Bells Fish & Chips, in Craggs Road, Washington, Croziers, in Croziers Street, Murtha’s, in St Luke’s Terrace, Fountains Chippy, in Exemouth Square, Downeys, in North Terrace, Seaham, and Gills Golden Fry, in Ashdown Road.