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Chippy is named the best in Wales
Mr Andreou (r) and team at work
The fish and chip shop will compete for the UK title
A fish and chip shop in Powys has battered the competition and been named the best in Wales.

Andrews Fish Bar, in Welshpool, goes forward to the UK final in February after scooping the Welsh title.

The shop, which goes through three tonnes of potatoes a week, has been named runner-up twice before.

Owner Costas Andreou dedicated the award to his father, Dimitri, who started the business in 1982 but died last year.

The fishing industry body Seafish, which organises the competition, invited 485 Welsh chippies to take part.

Mr Andreou said: "Someone from the competition turned up unannounced one day and asked to see the entire shop, front and back.

ANDREWS' FISHY FACTS
Fish and chips
The shop goes through three-tonne of potatoes a week
1,200 cans of soft drink
Up to 560 lbs of fish
The business employs 10 part-time and two full-time staff

"She then arranged to see me again and spent about four hours here watching us prepare the food, cook it and serve it to customers."

As for the food, what makes the fish and chip shop so special?

Mr Andreou said: "We make our own fish cakes from a secret recipe. They go down very well with the customers."

He added: "I would like to dedicate the award to my father who was known to our customers as Jim. When he started the business 23 years ago it was his aim to make it the best in Wales."

Customers gave the shop and thumbs up too.

Olive Williams and her family from Guilsfield, near Welshpool, said: "The fish is always very fresh, the chips are crisp and are very yummy, especially on a cold day.

"The only trouble is, there is often a queue there but I suppose that shows they are good."

Mrs Williams' daughter, Sally, added: "I guess we are lucky to have one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK on our doorstep."

I love Andrews' fish and chips and their sausages and ketchup
Six-year-old customer, Phoebe

Her daughter, Phoebe, six, likes the shop too. She said, "I love Andrews' fish and chips and their sausages and ketchup."

Andy Gray, project manager for the competition, said the calibre of shops had been "exceptionally high this year".

"Standards are definitely getting higher so the shops who have made it this far have done really well," he added.

The UK final in London will be hosted by celebrity chef and restaurateur, Brian Turner.




SEE ALSO:
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28 Jan 04 |  South East Wales
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14 Nov 01 |  Wales


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