Bishopston chip shop scoops top award for second year

April 01 2013
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A local fish and chip shop has won its second award in a row for its high quality food and service.

Bishopston chip shop scoops top award for second year

A local fish and chip shop has won its second award in a row for its high quality food and service. Bishopston Fish Bar

The Bishopston Fish Bar – located on Gloucester Road – was awarded the accolade at the beginning of the year by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF). The shop also attained the same award in 2012.

To qualify for the Fish and Chip Quality Award, Bishopston Fish Bar had to undergo a five hour inspection – the judge from the NFFF not only tried and tested the food, but audited the entire shop to ensure it met their health and safety requirements.

The quality award badge assures customers that they are 'eating top quality fish and chips' produced in a first-class environment.

Nick Lomvardos, pictured, who has owned the business for two and half years, says Bishopston Fish Bar prides itself on being a “traditional” fish and chip shop. Favourites include battered cod, pies, faggots, mushy peas and gravy, alongside a host of other dishes. Nick tells us that all the fish comes from Iceland – the country, not the shop! “The colder the sea, the better," he advises.

Chips are freshly made on the day, as well as the batter. “I don't use anything from the previous day,” explains Nick. “It's about the quality of our food, rather than quantity – but we do like to give good portions to our customers!”

Nick has worked in the fish and chip industry for almost 27 years. He initially started working for the Jolly Fryer - his father's shop on Filton Avenue; Nick says it is what he modelled the Bishopston Fish Bar on.

Since taking over the business in 2010, he has introduced discounts for senior citizens, as well as students.

Bishopston Fish Bar was also voted one of the South West's top five shops in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012 - a prestigious competition that rewards outstanding businesses across the UK.

For more information on Bishopston Fish Bar, visit www.bishopstonfishbar.co.uk. Find the shop at 264 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PB.