A fish and chip shop in North Ayrshire, Scotland, has had an Early Day Motion lodged with parliament in recognition of being named one of the UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways for a third year running.
The Fish Works in Largs has been put forward for the motion by Patricia Gibson MP for North Ayrshire and Arran. Early Day Motions allow MPs to draw the attention of parliament to a particular event to cause and pay tribute to that success in the constituency they represent.
In a letter congratulating owners Tiffany and Ross Irvin on being named in Fry Magazine’s Top 50 Takeaway Awards for the third year in a row, the MP said: “I was delighted to hear of this achievement and wish to express my congratulations to you and your staff for your outstanding efforts this year, particular as I know the last two years have been extremely difficult for small businesses such as your own.
“In recognition of this achievement and the hard work and dedication of all involved, I have lodged the enclosed Early Day Motion at Westminster.”
Tiffany and Ross opened the takeaway on the promenade in 2017 and although both were locals they were newcomers to the trade. They have not only built up a busy business but also successfully integrated it within the local community, sponsoring the junior football team, organising regular beach cleans and supporting local charities.
On hearing the news that their shop had been put forward for an Early Day Motion, Tiffany said: “We arrived home on Friday and saw the letter from the House of Commons and didn’t know what it could be. We couldn’t believe it when we read it, I didn’t even know it was possible but our shop is going to be talked about in Westminster!
"To be recognised for our contribution to the community in such a way is just fantastic, we were all on a high on Friday evening.”
Being named one of the UK's 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways was particularly meaningful this year said Tiffany, adding: “It’s been a hard couple of years to get through. We were just finding our feet when Covid hit and we needed to adjust everything, the layout of the shop, how we serve our customers, we had to introduce click and collect and delivery. Winning the Fry Award shows that even though we’ve had to change most of the way we operate, we still produce the same output consistently.”
Thanking her team for their part in winning a Fry Award and the subsequent Early Day Motion, Tiffany added: “We’ve got a great team here and this is so rewarding for them. At the end of a busy shift when I say 'come on let’s go and do a beach clean', it's sometimes the last thing they want to do, but they do it because they are proud to be part of the local community. For them to have their efforts recognised has given them a boost too.”