Two local chippys are frying high as they celebrate honours that have been awarded to them this week recognising their hard work.
Both the Bay in Stonehaven and Hornblowers in Gourdon received word this week they have been recipients of awards.
The Bay Fish and Chips joined the fish frying elite from across the UK, by scooping the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award.
Hornblowers Restaurant received a Taste Our Best Food and Drink Scheme award from Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government.
Hornblowers, which is owned by husband and wife team Alex and Ruth Grahame, is based in Gourdon, one of the last working small fishing villages in Scotland.
Alex said: “We’re very happy to have achieved the Taste Our Best rating from VisitScotland, as it shows how serious we take sourcing quality ingredients from our area - we have some of the country’s best produce on our doorstep.
“Our aim is to be 100% sourced from Scotland for all our fish and meat by the end of the year and we are currently at 95%.
‘‘Our prime focus is to bring the best of local and Scottish produce from the sea and field to the table and we decide on the fish part of the menu from the day’s catch, so for VisitScotland to recognise our efforts is fantastic.
“We’re always striving towards getting the best and most fresh local ingredients so we can then cook them in a modern and simple way and serve them to our customers so they can experience Scotland’s larder for themselves, along with, of course, our amazing view of the harbour and the sea.”
Calum Richardson set up The Bay Fish & Chips in 2006 with his wife, Lindsay, and since then the couple have taken their takeaway to the top, serving thousands of portions of fish & chips to many happy customers and winning many industry awards along the way.
Calum is a highly-respected ambassador for Scottish seafood and Scottish fishermen, and regularly works with other chefs, food industry figures and schools to promote the benefits of Scotland’s natural larder.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.
The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.
Calum Richardson is delighted with the award which is valid for two years.
He said: “Here at The Bay, we care passionately about maintaining a high standard, not just for ourselves, but throughout the whole fish & chip industry.
“Adding the NFFF Quality Award to our accolades both rewards and highlights our aims for top-class takeaways and cracking customer service.”