Fylde coast fryers batter competition to win national award

Alastair and Dominic Horabin celebrate their award.
Alastair and Dominic Horabin celebrate their award.

Seniors in Thornton is officially the best chippy in the country after serving up award-winning fish and chips time after time.

The family business, run by brothers Alastair and Dominic Horabin on Fleetwood Road North, was named as Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2012 by celebrity chef Richard Corrigan after battering its rivals at a glittering awards ceremony in London’s Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel.

Alastair said: “To be named the best fish and chip shop in Britain is an honour beyond our wildest dreams.

“We were delighted to come third last year and spent the past 12 months looking at the ways we can improve our business and add further value to the experience of staff and customers in the shop with this being our ultimate goal.”

The chippy was also a finalist in the Independent Restaurant of the Year and Good Catch categories after scoring highly on product quality, customer service, food preparation procedures, staff and innovation.

Alastair added: “We’ve had the same management with us since we built the shop from a car park in 2006 and our success is thanks to their hard work, passion and dedication.

“I’m overjoyed for them all and I’m proud to be their boss.”

Senior boasts two other Fylde coast restaurants – based on Clifton Street, Lytham and Normoss Road, Blackpool.

The Thornton branch has been nominated in the national competition twice before.

Richard Corrigan, chef proprietor who presented Seniors with their award, added: “Fish and chips is an iconic meal, part of British culture.

“Its integrity is preserved by many of the nominees today as it is in Seniors where it’s served every day.

“Combining heritage with innovation, skill with approach, attention to detail with great produce, Seniors well deserve their title of the UK’s best fish and chip takeaway. A brilliant execution.”