A WEYMOUTH fish and chip shop has been named as one of the best in the UK.

Fish ’n’ Fritz in Market Street was named in trade publication Fry Magazine's 'UK's 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways 2021' list following a visit from a 'mystery diner.'

It comes after the business won Gold in the Dorset Tourism Awards and reached the finals of the South West Tourism Awards.

To make the cut, Fish ’n’ Fritz had to impress a mystery diner who visited unannounced and marked the business on more than 40 different criteria - from the quality of the food and customer service, to its social media and covid-safe practices.

Fish ’n’ Fritz scored an impressive 98 per cent, with the mystery diner particularly praising the fish quality and the taste and crispness of the secret recipe batter.

Owner Paul Hay, who opened the business in 1997, said: “We must once again thank Fry Magazine for the opportunity to allow Fish ’n’ Fritz to take part in such a prestigious annual award.

"I am immensely proud of my staff for all their hard work during these testing times and our understanding customers, who have remained loyal to us over these last 12 months.

"We will continue to serve as we have always done, seven days a week.”

Reece Head, competition organiser, said: “Without doubt, the last 12 months have been tough for fish and chip takeaways and many will not have dealt with this level of crisis management before.

“There was a lot they had to implement in a very short space of time to operate in a covid safe manner.

“This year’s judging criteria took into account these changes and we’re delighted to acknowledge that, despite the difficulties and added pressure, Fish ’n’ Fritz never let standards drop. During this pandemic, they have been at the heart of their community, with a smile on their faces and hot food in their hands. We’re proud to have them in our 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways for 2021.

Simone Leanne, manager at Fish ’n’ Fritz, added: “Our team has worked incredibly hard over the last year to ensure everyone’s safety and provide a high standard of service.

"It’s been a real pleasure to stay open during the pandemic - our regulars and visitors have given us fantastic feedback.”