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Petts Wood fish and chip shop named as one of the UK's best

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 16 October 2013

Andy Pybus, owner of The Village Fish and Chips.

Andy Pybus, owner of The Village Fish and Chips.

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A Petts Wood restaurant has battered local rivals after being named one of London's finest 'chippies' in The National Fish and Chip Awards 2014.

Andy says the key to his success is cooking each order fresh, using ground nut oil.Andy says the key to his success is cooking each order fresh, using ground nut oil.

The Village Fish and Chips, in Petts Wood Road, was one of only two businesses from Greater London shortlisted in the London & South East England category - just two months after being named inside the UK’s top 50 by Fry Magazine.

Owner Andy Pybus says his recent success is down to the restaurant only cooking to order, with fish, prawns and chips all fried in ground nut oil while you wait.

“We don’t have friers, we have chefs,” says Andy. “We make our own batter and our own tartar sauce in house, it’s all fresh and all prepared properly.

“Using ground nut oil is more expensive, but it means our batter is better than the average chip shop and lighter. It was only originally designed to keep the steam in, so we keep it light - but if people ask for a thick batter, of course we’ll make it for them.”

Andy and reporter Joshua Fowler tuck into a veritable feast of fish and chips.Andy and reporter Joshua Fowler tuck into a veritable feast of fish and chips.

Unlike most run-of-the-mill takeaways, The Village Fish and Chips serves items more at home in a Rick Stein restaurant - such as sweet chilli king prawns, or gourmet fish cakes.

“We get this one customer who orders prawns on top of his normal meal and eats them in his car,” explains Andy. “He parks up round the corner so his wife doesn’t catch him, but he says they’re too good leave behind.”

Andy, and his wife Serena, own another restaurant in Croydon, and believe tasting their food just once is enough to hook in new customers.

He added: “Everyone has their favourite chip shop and they will always go there, even if a new one opens closer to them.

“We have people who drive a fair distance to get their dinner here, and I think once you taste the freshness it’s clear to see why.”

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