Seniors in Thornton, Lancashire, has been named the best British fish and chip shop in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012.
Run by brothers Alastair and Dominic Horabin, the shop beat 10 other regional finalists to win the national title in the annual competition, which is run by seafood authority Seafish.
Alastair Horabin commented: "To be named the best fish and chip shop in Britain is an honour beyond our wildest dreams. We were delighted to come third last year and spent the past 12 months looking at the ways we could improve our business and add further value to the experience of staff and customers in the shop, with this being our ultimate goal."
Chip shops are judged on not only the quality of their product but also their sourcing, customer service, food hygiene, staff training, promotional activity and community spirit.
Hanburys in Babbacombe, Devon, won second place in the national awards, with Quayside in Whitby coming third.
Nikki Hawkins, food service and events manager at Seafish, said: "This competition has undoubtedly been our fiercest yet and we congratulate Seniors for their stellar effort in achieving the number one spot.
"The awards have recognised the best of the UK's fish and chip shops for the past 24 years with 2012's high standard of entries testament to the industry's commitment to self-betterment and sustainability."
Independent Takeaway of the Year Award 1. North-west: Seniors, Thornton, Lancashire
2. South-west: Hanbury's, Babbacombe
3. North-east: Quayside, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Runners up Scotland: the Bay, Stonehaven
Wales: Crispy Cod, Mid Glamorga
Northern Ireland: Pit Stop, Kilkeel
Midlands: The Big Fish, Stratford Upon Avon
Eastern: Linfords, Market Deeping
London & South-east: Seafare, Guildford
Central & South: Wigmore Fish & Chips, Luton
By Kerstin Kühn
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