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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 15:22 GMT
UK second place for Fife chippy
The Anstruther Fish Bar
The Anstruther Fish Bar was bought for 1.5m
A Fife chippy, which was crowned best in Scotland has come second in a UK fish and chip shop competition.

The Anstruther Fish Bar narrowly missed out on the title of the UK's best chippy at the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year awards.

Robert and Alison Smith, the owners, were presented with the award by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, at a ceremony in London.

First place went to Petrou Brothers from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire.

To come second in the UK is great recognition for the business and Robert and Alison are true ambassadors for the industry
Ainsley Harriott
Competition host

The competition, organised by industry body Seafish, is in its 19th year.

The husband and wife team were competing against nine other UK finalists.

Following three strict rounds of judging, Robert and Alison presented to a panel of 16 industry judges, including Heinz head development chef, Gary Barnshaw and food writer Tom Parker Bowles.

Anstruther Fish Bar is a favourite of Prince William and customers have also included Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Robert Duvall.

It was bought by the Smiths for 1.5m, which included the secret batter recipe from the previous owners, who were former Scottish champions.

Mr Smith said: "Getting to the finals and being named one of the top 10 shops is an honour in itself.

"It makes all the hard work worthwhile and we'd like to thank our staff and our loyal customers for all their support. Having come so close, we can now aim for first place next year."

'Highest standards'

Ainsley Harriott said: "To come second in the UK is great recognition for the business and Robert and Alison are true ambassadors for the industry. "There's just something unbeatable about the combination of really great fish and chips."

Andy Gray, judge for the competition said: "The best shops pride themselves on the quality of their fish and chips and offer the highest standards of customer service, hygiene and innovation.

"All our finalists deserve recognition for moving the industry forward and many now sell different types of fish such as pollack, coley and hake to offer customers more choice."

The competition is sponsored by Heinz SqueezMe!, the Frozen at Sea Fillets Association (FASFA) and Seafood Scotland.

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