A 60-year-old artisan bakery which branched out into creating the perfect portion of ﬁsh and chips just four years ago has scooped itself a regional accolade.
Mary Lambert, in Hartlepool, won the Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award after being voted top fryers by members of the public.
It beat of stiff competition from dozens of other eateries – including established sole trader chippies – in the Teesside and East Durham region.
Owners, father and daughter team Eric and Phillippa, say their secret is using only freshly caught ﬁsh, along with a special recipe batter.
Eric, Phillippa, and the staff were all delighted to win the competition run by a local newspaper.
He said: “We’ve only been doing ﬁsh and chips for four-and-a-half years and we’ve come out on top – we’re very very pleased.
“We only use fresh cod and haddock delivered daily from Hartlepool quay, not frozen ﬁsh like a lot of ﬁsh and chip shops
“It just makes all the difference because the ﬁsh is so much whiter, more delicate and delivers a superior taste. Once tasted there really is no comparison.
“Our special recipe batter is golden and light and compliments the ﬁsh without heaviness.”
He added: “When we started this venture we felt there was a gap in the market for a higher quality take away, and restaurant.
“We have high standards, produce high-quality fresh products cooked to order, and have an amazing team whose customer service is second to none.
“All of that together is what makes the difference.”
Mary Lambert – which was also added to the top 50 ﬁsh and chip UK eateries, was ‘highly commended’ by the National Fish and Chip Awards, and received a quality award from the National Federation of Fish Fryers – has many strings to its ever-growing bow.
As well as serving up ﬁsh and chips to eat in or takeaway, the modern restaurant – based in Villiers Street, next to York Road’s Hartlepool Central Library, also serves breakfast and afternoon teas, provides corporate catering, and supplies companies such as restaurants and hotels via a telephone ordering, online delivery, or click and collect, service.