Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Krispies Fish & Chips in Exmouth, Devon, has been crowned the UK’s number one Fish & Chip Shop at The National Fish & Chip Awards 2019 held in London yesterday.
Owned and operated by husband and wife team Tim and Kelly Barnes, Krispies has been established for 20 years and has undergone two major refurbishments in that time, the latest one completed just two months ago.
The takeaway, which employs 13 members of staff, demonstrated a highly commendable attitude to staff training and development as well as an all-inclusive approach to recruitment, which involves linking with the local college to take on apprentices.
The chippy was praised for its efforts to actively encourage younger children to eat more fish by holding educational workshops in local schools as well as creating a dedicated kids club instore. As a result, children’s fish bites is now its biggest seller, outstripping sausages by 14%.
Its varied menu includes MSC certified cod and haddock, which can be served battered or grilled, as well as a selection of burgers, sausages and homemade vegetarian dishes, plus gluten free options every Tuesday.
The Devon chippy showed a clear commitment to the environment by creating its own environmental policy, using recyclable corrugated boxes and paper carrier bags, educating consumers on how to dispose of their packaging and carrying out regular beach cleans.
The team also maintains close ties with the local community, for example, Tim is a volunteer with the local RNLI station, and it regularly holds fundraising events, the most recent being the UK's largest fish supper which saw over 500 people tuck into fish and chips and £10,000 raised for charity.
Commenting on the win, Tim Barnes, said: “Krispies has come so far since we opened 20 years ago and we can honestly say it is a dream come true to win this award. But we didn’t do this alone, we are so proud of our team and what they have achieved. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their hard work and faith in us. We are so excited to be looking after this prestigious award for the next year and we will do everything we can to honour its reputation before passing it on to another worthy winner next year.” Krispies was presented with its award by host and TV chef Phil Vickery, who also awarded second place to Captain’s Fish and Chips in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and third to Low’s Fish & Chips in Aberdeen.
The full list of winners for each of the 12 additional award categories are: Best Newcomer Award - Fish & Chips @ Weston Grove, Upton, Chester
NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award - Blacks Finest Fish & Chips, Halton, Lancashire
From Field to Frier Award - Papa’s Fish & Chips, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
Good Catch Award - Frasers Fish & Chips, Penzance, Cornwall
Staff Training and Development Award - Krispies, Exmouth, Devon
Outstanding Achievement Award - Andrew Crook, NFFF President
Marketing Innovation Award - Nana Jan’s Buckshaw Village, Chorley
Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award - Trenchers Restaurant, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Top Foodservice Operator Serving Fish and Chips - The Little Brown Jug, Tonbridge, Kent
Best Seafood Week Campaign - Quayside Restaurant & Fish Bar, Gourdon, Aberdeenshire
Healthy Eating ‘Fish and Chips’ Award - Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth, Devon
Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator Award - Dodson’s Fresh Catch, Morley, Leeds
Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Competition - Lauren Kellaway, Kellaway’s Fish and Chips, Truro, Cornwall