A chip shop owner in Worksop says she is “chuffed to bits” after winning the Guardian’s Chippy of the Year award.
Debbie Keeling runs The Chippy on the Hill on Radford Road in the town.
And she says the award means a lot to her as it was voted for by her own customers.
“We have a very cheerful customer base around here and there’s always a cheery atmosphere in the shop,” she said.
“People come here because they like our food but they also enjoy some good conversation with us and each other too and that’s what makes it such a nice place to be working in.”
“I’m thrilled we’ve won, its a lovely honour and it means a lot to me because we were nominated and then voted for by the people we are serving all the time.”
“To know that your customers think so highly of you is very gratifying.”
Debbie and her husband Christopher took over running the shop five years ago after the previous owner decided to move on.
“I’d worked there for a few years prior to that and he just sasked me and my husband if we wanted to take over running the shop,” recalled Debbie.
“I thought ‘why not?’ and we agreed and became the new owners.”
“That was five years ago and it’s been a great time.”
“We’re always busy but we enjoy it and the people we meet make it enjoyable.”
“We’ve had a lot of praise for our food, for the how clean and well maintained the shop is and the atmosphere.”
“The shop itself has been there for 78 years so the demand has always been there and we are happy to see people keep coming back.”
“There’s a great relationship between the staff and the regulars and I think that’s why we’ve won this award.”
Guardian editor Ben Green presented the award to Debbie and Christopher at the shop this week.
“This award is from the customers and it proves we must be doing something right,” continued Debbie,
“I;m chuffed to bits, it means a great deal to us and I hope we can continue being popular with our customers for many years to come.,”