Weymouth Chip Shop Scoops National Prize
9:12am 10th September 2012
Alf's Fish and Chips in Weymouth has been served with a national award.
The Lynch Road shop has been crowned Britain's Favourite Family Chippy in a competition run by drinks company Ben Shaws.
To celebrate they'll be dishing up £500 worth of free fish and chips to customers on the 18th September.
Owner John Pearce believes he knows why they won the public vote.
Now in its third year, the annual awards champion outstanding family-run chip shops across Britain that truly make a difference in their communities. Alf's Fish & Chips, which serves 3,000 meals per week, beat tough competition to win the title of UK's number one, having been firstly shortlisted for its philanthropic attitude, having raised money for the children's ward at the local hospital and provided food vouchers to various schools and charities.
The chip shop then went head to head with fellow finalists Richardson's Fish Bar in Lancashire and Taylors Fish & Chips in Cheshire during a public vote hosted on the Ben Shaws dedicated Facebook page.
Backed by industry bodies Fry Monthly and the National Federation of Fish Friers, who were also on the select judging panel, Alf's Fish & Chips topped the poll to receive the coveted 2012 Favourite Family Chippy trophy, a £500 donation to treat their loyal customers in addition to complimentary cans of Ben Shaws all round. The family will also be treated to a night away including dinner at a renowned fish restaurant.
Ally Whitehead, Assistant Brand Manager at Ben Shaws said: "On behalf of everyone at Ben Shaws we would like to share our congratulations with Alf's Fish & Chips, who certainly have a lot to celebrate as the family chippy chosen by their community to win this coveted award!
"Alf's Fish & Chips are very worthy winners of this year's campaign to find Britain's favourite family chippy based on their strong family values and innovative business ideas. Fish and chips are a much-loved part of British heritage and to win this award is a fantastic achievement. We'd encourage anyone who fancies a free portion of fish and chips to get there quick!"
Other partners supporting Ben Shaws' Favourite Family Chippy 2012 are Chippy Chat, Friar's Pride, Henry Colbeck and VA Whitely.