A NORTH Yorkshire fish and chip shop has been placed in the top 2.5 per cent of chippies in the country after winning an industry award.

Scotts of Helmsley has been presented a Fish and Chip Quality Award by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF).

The award follows an inspection by an NFFF approved judge, who assesed the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and the quality of the cooked product.

Scotts of Helmsley owner Tony Webster, together with chef manager Shane White, were presented with their award by NFFF assessor, Tracy Poskitt, and Hull City defender Liam Rosenoir, who is only allowed to eat fish and chips at the end of the season, at the football club’s KC Stadium.

Mr Webster, who has owned Scotts for just over a year, said: “Being awarded the Fish and Chip Quality Award is simply phenomenal and puts us well and truly in the industry’s ‘Premier League’.

“Only a small number of establishments are merited with this award, and considering I have only owned Scotts for a short period of time, and Shane has been with us since last March, this is a tremendous achievement.

“This award is a testament to the hard work of Shane and his team and they richly deserve the recognition.”

The Fish and Chip Quality Award follows Scotts being shortlisted in the best newcomber category at January’s National Fish and Chip Awards.