AN EASTLEIGH eatery is 'frying' high after gaining its place amongst the UK's top fish and chip shops.

Mike’s Traditional has achieved the prestigious NFFF Quality Accreditation, sponsored by Sarsons Vinegar.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the industry.

It is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as cooks who show a high level of competence and are Covid compliant.

“We are delighted to gain our place in the scheme," said Mike Isaac, who owns the Eastleigh business.

"To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff, who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation.

"I would personally like to thank all our customers, new and old. All businesses have found the coronavirus pandemic extremely difficult and the support and encouragement they have offered has been great. It has motivated us to maintain our high standards which have been recognised with this accreditation."

To qualify, each shop has to go through a virtual inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.

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This accreditation will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.

NFFF President Andrew Crook explained: "The NFFF Quality Accreditation scheme is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.

"Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Andrew. "Achieving the NFFF Quality Accreditation provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”

Mike’s Traditional Fish & Chips can be found at 8 Spring Lane and can be contacted on: 023 8061 2776.