Royal salute to top chippy

At Shakies are (from left) owners Chris and Gill Pittounikos with supervisor Jackie Burns.
At Shakies are (from left) owners Chris and Gill Pittounikos with supervisor Jackie Burns.

A FLEETWOOD chippy has been described as the ‘best chippy in Britain’ by top food critic Tom Parker Bowles.

In 2009 the Daily Mail food critic, who is the stepson of Prince Charles, described Shakies as “if not the best, in his top 10”.

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles

And now he has featured the Shakespeare Road chippy once again in the Daily Mail’s Live Magazine this month.

Owner Gill Pittounikos, said: “We didn’t realise he had written about us again in the magazine until people from Birmingham and Burnley started coming in.

“They said they had read Tom’s review and wanted to give us a try – – it is amazing how much power celebrities have.”

Gill’s husband, Chris, said: “It was great fun having Tom with us, he was really nice, he just stood at the back of the shop eating his food smiling and nodding his head.”

Mr Parker Bowles describes Shakies as a “small chippie outside Blackpool”.

He says they change their oil every day, cook fresh fish to order and even their mushy peas are made fresh each morning meaning it’s his best tip for a top chippy. You can read his comments in the Daily Mail online.

And in another boost for the town’s chippies, Richardson’s Fish Bar on Dock Street has joined the fish frying elite from across the UK, by scooping the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award.

The award is handed out by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body representing the nation’s fish and chip shops, and is a way of rewarding shops providing good quality products.