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Family-run chippy Fish'n'Chick'n' reels in award glory

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 January 2016

Manging director James Lipscombe (left) with staff members Paul Goodgame, Chris Coney and Ben Leask in front of the Harold Hill Fish'n'Chick'n' shop

Manging director James Lipscombe (left) with staff members Paul Goodgame, Chris Coney and Ben Leask in front of the Harold Hill Fish'n'Chick'n' shop

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Cod not have done batter!

A family-run fish and chip chain which was founded in Romford, was named best multiple fish and chip operator at the 2016 national Fish and Chip Awards, on Wednesday.

Fish ’n’ Chick’n’s oldest shop, in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, has been serving since 1952.

Managing director James Lipscombe told the Recorder he was “over the moon” to receive the award.

James is the great grandson of founder Harold Lipscombe, who opened his first fish and chip shop in Romford in 1923.

To be crowned king of the docks, Fish ’n’ Chick’n was assessed across its whole business, made up of 38 restaurants.

James said: “To win this award is brilliant and it is a testament of the hard work of our team. I am really proud of all of them.

“We still have customers come into the store [in Harold Hill] and recognise pictures of my dad – it’s a really nice link to the community.”

In the 28th year of the awards, organised by Seafish – a public body aimed at raising standards across the seafood industry – the company distinguished itself from a wide net of competitors.

It also won the award in 2012.

James, of Romford, said he is now after bigger fish.

Fish ’n’ Chick’n is looking at scaling up the business and doubling its number of shops over the next four years, with six news outlets already agreed in the south of the UK.

The award was presented at Lancaster Hotel, central London, on Wednesday.

Every year, the Fish and Chip Awards recognise within 14 categories the talent and success of fish shops around the country.

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