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Norwich Market fish and chip stall is given national award

PUBLISHED: 16:01 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:02 15 December 2017

Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

A Norwich Market staple has been awarded for its flawless fish and chips with a prestigious award.

Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Lucy’s Fish and Chips has received national recognition in the form of the Fish and Chip Quality Award from the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF).

Co-owner Barclay Gray said the award was an honour, and thanked the hard work of his staff, as well as recognising the contribution of their high quality suppliers in producing such good food.

He said: “We’re the only market stall in the UK that’s received this award; normally it’s only fish and chip shops that get it.”

In order to qualify for the award, the NFFF “go through absolutely everything”, according to Mr Gray.

Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Barclay Gray at Lucy's Fish and Chips on Norwich Market who have won a quality award. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills, and the quality of the cooked food all went under the microscope.

The stall is a family-run business, seemingly right back into its origins.

Mr Gray said: “It’s a bit of a running joke, because people ask us who Lucy is and we don’t really know her.”

He added that Lucy was the owner of the original stall, with it then being inherited by her son and then passed on to Mr Gray’s cousin over six year’s ago.

Mr Gray and his brother took over in co-ownership last November.

He said the recognition of the award should allow the business to thrive.

Taste Test

Finley Kidd tries Lucy’s chips:

“When Barclay offered me a portion of chips to put to the test, it became obvious why the stall is award winning.

“Lucy’s incorporates everything that is necessary for a truly delectable serving of traditional British chips – they were crispy without being too greasy, warm without scalding you, fluffy on the inside and, most importantly, tangibly fresh.

“All of the little crispy bits of potato at the bottom were my favourite part, but no chip lover could go wrong here.”

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