A Gloucestershire fish and chip shop has been featured on BBC’s The One Show as it celebrates an impressive achievement,
Cleeve Fish Bar said it was “over the moon” to be shortlisted for this year’s Best Takeaway Awards.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them appearance, staff at the chip shop, located in Bishop’s Cleeve, were featured in a few snaps of the takeaways in the running to be named best in the UK.
While the BBC wrongly named them as being located in Cheltenham, it didn’t tarnish the pride for the chip shop at being nominated.
Manager Maria Diplaros said of the honour: “We were really, really pleased and it’s also really great for the people of Bishop’s Cleeve.
“The support on Facebook as well has been amazing. Hopefully it’s because of the quality of food and service that we provide here!”
She added: “After coronavirus hit, it did make things more difficult, but it then made us open up for deliveries, and now I don’t think we’ll ever stop deliveries.”
Cleeve Fish Bar has been in the village for more than 25 years. It was first opened by Maria’s father, who passed away a few years ago.
She now runs the chip shop alongside her husband Theo and son Peter.
Maria said: “My mum’s really chuffed as well.
“More and more people are moving to Bishop’s Cleeve and it’s been really great for us in that way, and the award is great for the village itself.”
The British Takeaway Awards (BTAs) in partnership with Just Eat, champions independent takeaways who. throughout the past 18 months, have played a vital role in the lives of Britons.
The finalists, as voted for by the public, have been revealed with all in the running to win ‘Best Takeaway’ in each of the awards’ twelve regions, as well as the chance to win one of the prestigious national awards including ‘Best Takeaway in Britain’.
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This year’s awards, held in London in September, will pay tribute to the hardworking restaurants that have adapted during the pandemic to deliver a taste of normality to those working from home, self isolating or simply looking for their favourite dishes as lockdown forced restaurants to close to diners.
Regional winners will receive £1,000 to further their business with the overall ‘Best Takeaway in Britain’ award receiving the prize of £5,000.
Andrew Kenny, Managing Director of Just Eat said: “We’re thrilled to be back with the British Takeaway Awards for the sixth year running. Each year we’re amazed by the standard of entries and this year is no different, with a huge range of restaurants up for the awards, from family run takeaways to small chains.’’
‘’Celebrating the fantastic local takeaways across the UK is particularly important this year after many turned to their local restaurants for a lift throughout the lockdowns.
“The UK has been voting in force to give back to their local takeaway heroes and we can’t wait to honour the winners at the awards ceremony in September”
You can find more information about The British Takeaway Awards on the website.
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