Frankie’s named UK’s best chippy

Frankie’s has today been named as the best fish and chip shop in the UK for 2015.

The Brae eatery, the most northerly chippy in the country, won the number one title at the annual National Fish & Chip Awards – the trade “Oscars” – in London.

Celebrating their success as they receive the trophy from BBC food and drink presenter Nigel Barden (left) are John Gold, Valerie Johnson and Carlyn Kearney from Frankie's.
Celebrating their success as they receive the trophy from BBC food and drink presenter Nigel Barden (left) are John Gold, Valerie Johnson and Carlyn Kearney from Frankie’s.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected as the top shop in the UK,” said Frankie’s manager John Gold, who was presented with the award along with owner Valerie Johnson and shift manager Carlyn Kearney in front of 650 guests at an event hosted by the BBC food and drink presenter Nigel Barden at the Lancaster London Hotel.

“It’s great recognition for all the hard work our staff put in to make sure our customers get top-quality fish and chips every time they come in.

“And it’s fabulous for Shetland, where fishing has been a way of life for centuries and which has some of the finest seafood in the world.

“We were runners-up in this competition last year, so it’s great that we have managed to raise our game to convince the judges that we are worthy winners this year.

“The quality of the other fish and chip shops we were up against is phenomenal, so we’re really chuffed and we will make the best of it.”

A panel of seafood industry judges chose Frankie’s as the best independent fish and chip takeaway from among 10 winners from different regions of the country.

The regional winners had been selected in September last year. Frankie’s was named best in Scotland for the second year running. Its biggest selling product is traditional haddock and chips, but it also sells crab, mussels and scallops harvested from the cold, clear waters around Shetland.

All of this seafood sold by Frankie’s is accredited as sustainably caught or harvested by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Frankie’s staff have this year been visiting schools in Shetland to run the Frankie’s Fish Course, a fun but educational programme aimed at primary school children, helping them to understand the importance of sustainability and learning about different types of fish.

Staff at the shop also helped to raise almost £12,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission with two major events – a charity cycle sportive and a charity seafood weekend.

Frankie’s, which employs seven full-time and 15 part-time staff, opened just over six years ago and has since won an array of awards, including best eatery in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland last year.

The National Fish & Chip Awards are organised by Seafish and the judges assess product quality, sustainable sourcing policies, marketing initiatives and customer service.


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  • joe johnson

    • January 20th, 2015 16:56


  • Haydn Gear

    • January 20th, 2015 19:21

    Well done Frankie’s. No doubt your product is superior to the famous Harry Ramsden’s complete with chandeliers and deep pile carpets. But, Gilwern Fish Bar near Abergavenny would take some beating.BRILLIANT quality and I’ve eaten some fish ‘n chips in my time. If I can persuade the Welsh owners to take part in the Chippy “Oscars” event next year the result could be different !! But, as I said, all credit to Frankie’s. I’ll give them a try next time I visit Shetland.Can’t wait !!

  • jean Livingstone

    • January 20th, 2015 20:09

    Congratulations!!!! everyone!!!!

  • Gareth Lanning

    • January 20th, 2015 22:41

    Went to Frankies when I was on holiday in Shetland last year and the fish and chips there was fantastic! Congratulations Frankies!

  • Ciro montuori

    • January 21st, 2015 10:10

    Great……my mam was born in Shetland…..we live in Italy…..and always loved fish&schools always……in Italy is almost impossible to get it……hope to come to Shetland soon and trie it……if you ever come to Italy especially in Napoli…..then will bring mister Franky to trie the best pizza in the world……
    God bless all Shetland and shetlanders… from the Montuori family

  • Sharon Moar

    • January 21st, 2015 22:22

    Wow! Well done to everyone at Frankies! Fantastic achievement guys! X

  • Ian Selbie

    • January 22nd, 2015 16:45

    nae a patch oan da Fort cafe

  • Haydn Gear

    • January 22nd, 2015 18:04

    We all have our preferences and Ian Selbie favours da Fort. Good! If I may refer to my recent previous submission I can say without a hint of unfair bias that my best ever fish ‘n chip shop is the one I use and I’ve used many. The second best was in Mousehole in Cornwall but the one I mentioned was and is the tops. Google “Village fish bar Gilwern” and read the plaudits for yourself. The people of south Wales expect top notch grub and, interestingly,some excellent fish ‘n chip shops are run by the descendants of Italian immigrants.It’s not just spaghetti and ice cream they’re good at!!!!

  • David Spence

    • January 22nd, 2015 21:10

    I must confess, I have not tried the Fish and Chips at Frankie’s, but I would like to congratulate him on the award.

    Now, as a ‘ Toonie ‘ I have to agree with Ian, in that the Fort Chippy does do a great Fish and Chips as well. You also get a hefty portion of Fish with it.

    Mind you though, with a Fish and Chip Supper costing over £7.00, I am very hesitant to say that such a meal may be become a luxury in the not too distant future…

    • Scott Graham

      • January 23rd, 2015 17:27

      Yes David and we know who’s to blame for the ridiculous price of a fish supper, capitalist chippy owners and those vile Tories. Right?

  • Stuart Milne

    • January 23rd, 2015 10:33

    Try a Glasgow fish supper to establish the bottom end of the yardstick, then you will appreciate how good you have it up yunder!

  • David Spence

    • January 23rd, 2015 18:54

    Well Scott, lets look at the statistics of 1 country where Capitalism thrives.

    USA = 4.5% of the worlds population

    USA = Consumes 31% of ALL Global Resources

    USA = Produces 25% of Global Pollution

    USA = As 1 country, has been responsible, directly and indirectly, for more wars, murder, killing, maiming and destruction of cities and countries in the last 110 years than any other country in the world. Why? Because War and Conflict provides massive profits for the Banks, and a country where violence, killing and destruction are promoted through idiotic patriotism, Brainwashed into having total allegiance to a Government and allowing the Government to literally get away with mass murder, war and conflict due to their Foreign Policies.

    So Scott, is their a connection between evil and the desire for money………of course there is………as the Bible says ‘ The want for money is the root of all Evils ‘

    • Robert Wishart

      • January 23rd, 2015 21:31

      Not sure what this has to do with frying chips but 1 Timothy 6:10 (King James Bible) refers to “love” of money, not the “want” of it. Mr Spence might be confusing the Bible with a remark attributed to Mark Twain: “The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

  • Haydn Gear

    • January 23rd, 2015 23:44

    David ,I think the actual expression should be “the LOVE” of money is the root of all evil”. That’s a whole lot different from merely wanting it. People commit serious crimes in order to satisfy their love of money. Interestingly, the Chinese president and his communist (not capitalist—yet) cronies have just awarded themselves a 62% pay rise.But then, Range Rovers and Jags are not cheap.Fortunately, they are well equipped to cope with air pollution which greatly exceeds that of the USA. Think on that.

  • David Spence

    • January 24th, 2015 16:01

    You are correct, Haydn. I stand corrected.

    The saying comes from the Bible, Timothy 6:10 ‘ For the Love of money is a root of all kinds of Evil ‘

    either or the ramifications do not bode well


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