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Annan chippy batters competition to reach UK top 50

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By Donald Turvill
Annan and Eskdale
Annan chippy batters competition to reach UK top 50
CHIP-CHIP-HOORAY! . . . Danny Palmer, Gillian Richards and John Pagani from Annan’s Cafe Royal

A CHIP shop in Annan has been named as one of the best in the UK after receiving a sur-fries visit from a mystery customer.

Trade publication Fry Magazine sent a secret diner into the Cafe Royal on the High Street as part of a nation-wide search for the country’s finest fish and chips.

This week the magazine published the top 50 list and featured the renowned family-run joint, complimenting the friendly staff, excellent Covid measures, and, of course, top-tier grub.

Co-owner of the High Street takeaway John Pagani said earlier this week: “It is an honour to make the list, especially in this, the most challenging of our 54 years trading.

“We must thank our dedicated team, who consistently put the needs of our customers first. Serving natural, high quality fish and chips in environmentally friendly packaging is a pleasure and our number one goal.

“We are thrilled to be assessed by an independent mystery shopper.  This is the most stringent and unbiased national competition in my opinion.  It means so much to me to make the list once again.

“This year we started a campaign called ‘Chip In To Tuck In’, where we provided over 500 meals for children, pensioners and others who were unable to put their hands on funds to buy their own meal.  This was later praised in the Scottish Parliament by our local MSP as well as this we received a Community Champion award from the local Rotary.

“We believe in being an intrinsic part of our community, this year has been difficult but it has offered us the opportunity to show our wonderful little town how much they mean to us all.”

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