Farsley’s Croft Street Fisheries has gained a place amongst the UK’s top fish and chip shops by achieving the prestigious NFFF Quality Accreditation.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip industry.
The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good-quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence and are COVID compliant.
To qualify, each shop must go through a virtual inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.
A spokesperson for Croft Street Fisheries said:
“We are delighted to gain our place in the scheme. To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff, who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation.
“I would personally like to thank all our customers, new and old. All businesses have found the coronavirus pandemic extremely difficult and the support and encouragement they have offered has been great.
“It has motivated us to maintain our high standards which have been recognised with this accreditation.”
This accreditation, which is sponsored by Sarsons Vinegar, sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry. It will signal to the customer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.
NFFF President Andrew Crook said Croft Street Fisheries has proven that it consistently serves some of the UK’s finest fish and chips.
He added: “The NFFF Quality Accreditation scheme is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.”
Bryan Carroll, Sarson’s sales and marketing director said: “Obtaining the Quality Accreditation award is a coveted achievement. Congratulations to Croft Street Fisheries for joining an elite selection of fish and chip shops who have proven their commitment to maintaining the highest levels of quality.”
Each Fish and Chip Quality Accreditation is valid for a year and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.
In April Croft Street Fisheries was named as the only Leeds-based fish and chip takeaway in the top 50 of Fry Magazine‘s annual champion chippy competition.