Votes frying in for top chippy

DOZENS of votes have already been cast for the 2012 ‘Chippy of the Year’ competition.

Votes are being received from all over the district, with several different restaurants receiving a nomination so far.

However, one shop has already taken a commanding lead, leaving the others fighting for scraps.

And with the competition starting to heat-up, voters have been full of praise for their favourite shop.

One voter sung the praises of their local chippy, praising them for the “excellent” quality of their fish, adding that the smell always “draws you in”.

Casting their vote, another voter praised the “friendly” staff, adding that the fish is coated in “fresh, crispy, light batter”, which is coupled with “lovely” chips.

And another voter who holds the fish and chip shop of their choice in high regard, praised them for their hearty portions.

They also lavished praise on the full menu, saying: “The service is quick, cheerful and efficient and the pies, peas and sauces are all good quality.”

The highly coveted competition has only been open for just under a fortnight, and votes are now coming in on a daily basis.

Last year, Seamer Fisheries managed to beat off stiff competition from Buckams, Crossgates Fish and Chip Shop, Naylors Fish and Chips and Ramshill Fisheries to take the title.

In previous years, winning owners have reported a sharp upturn in profits after winning the prize.

And last years winner, Seamer owner Dean Rodgers, has previously said: “The award means a big deal in Scarborough, and when we won it, everybody in the area was coming up and congratulating us on it.

“It means a lot to them too.

The three-time winner added: “We might not catch as many fish locally as we once did, but fish and chips are still a big thing around here.

“When people visit Scarborough, they say nothing compares to the fish and chips around here.”

To nominate your favourite fish and chip shop, fill in the adjacent form and attach a letter of no more than 40 words; send to Ian Johnson, 17-23 Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough, YO11 1BB.

The deadline for votes is June 15.

An Evening News judging team will then visit the shops to crown the region’s champion chippy.