A takeaway in North West London has been named among the best fish and chip shop in the UK.
Every Fish Bar in Harrow was crowned among the winners of the ’50 Best Takeaways’ in the UK Fry, the main publication for the fish and chip shop sector masking greater than 10,500 chippies nationwide.
It is a prestigious award in the trade and the restaurant was the solely fish and chip shop in London to obtain the accolade.
UK Fry had a rigorous course of in place to determine the winners.
They undertook unannounced thriller eating visits and the takeaways could be marked on greater than 40 features of their enterprise, from the high quality of the meals and customer support to their social media presence and Covid-safe practices.
Of course the meals remained the fundamental focus, with all shops assessed on the flakiness of the fish, the crispness of the chips and the crunch of the batter, alongside worth for cash.
Despite Covid restrictions, the group of winners handed with flying colors and scored greater than 97 per cent total.
My London spoke to the proprietor in October final yr.
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Every Fish Bar is one in every of the few Black-owned fish and chips outlets in the UK and shop proprietor Mohammed Gbadamosi, 40, described his ardour for meals and a need to vary careers to open up the takeaway.
Previously, he spent 15 years in the care trade however noticed a chance to open the shop given there was a scarcity of 1 in the space.
“I believe the group has been very welcoming,” Mr Gbadamosi mentioned fortunately.
Fish and chips is completely on their menu as their staple however the menu additionally “displays their identification,” together with quite a lot of dishes stemming from his Nigerian heritage.
There are such delicacies as peppered fish, jerk fish, Jollof rice and patties which the proprietor mentioned “you would not see in an everyday fish and chip shop”.
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Unfortunately for Mr Gbadamosi, he skilled discriminatory and racist feedback from sure clients.
He recalled: “A buyer was like ‘do not take this wrongly, however I believe it might be good in case you had a white face to entrance the shop as a result of some folks may not be snug shopping for fish and chips from a black particular person as a result of it isn’t one thing they’re used to’.”
The proprietor retorted: “I used to be identical to why would I’ve to try this? If somebody will not be snug shopping for from me as a result of I’m a black individual that’s not the buyer I need.
“He mentioned he was snug shopping for from me. If some persons are not they are not the proper buyer for us.”
Regardless, folks far and large have come and gone by his doorways, effectively fed and supportive of the Black-owned enterprise.
Given he solely has a small workforce, Mr Gbadamosi has described the help from the group and past as ‘immense.’
“If persons are speaking about their native fish bar in Harrow, they’re speaking about Every Fish Bar,” Mr Gbadamosi mentioned.
He added: “London being a really numerous and multicultural metropolis, persons are extra open to making an attempt new issues.
“Some clients have by no means heard of Jollof rice and they struggle it for the first time and they arrive again and order it once more. If the meals is sweet persons are prepared to attempt.”