Chip hip hooray! Idle fish shop owner wins award

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Drummond Mark Drummond

The crispest, fluffiest chips in Yorkshire are lovingly made by a Bradford chippie, say national potato experts.

Towngate Fisheries in Idle was today named as winner of the county’s “Best Chippy Chips” award by the Potato Council – for the second year running.

The Choice Chip Awards, run in recognition of Chip Week 2014 which starts today, reward the tastiest chips being served across the UK.

And customers of scientist-turned-fryer Mark Drummond (pictured) voted in droves to batter the competition and to ensure his perfectly cooked portions were crowned number one.

Physics and chemistry graduate Mr Drummond pays such attention to detail that the varieties of potatoes used and even the farms they come from are proudly on display in his shop He said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as the best chips in Yorkshire.”

And he proudly gave some clues to their repeat success.

He said: “Our chips are made only using the finest potatoes, usually Maris Piper, Markies or another variety grown specifically for making chips.

“Crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, they are thick cut chips as this creates a healthier product for our customers.

“We care about the provenance of our ingredients so every week we display the origins of our haddock and potatoes in our shop.

“When you visit you’ll be able to discover what the variety of potatoes we are using, where they were grown and where the haddock was caught and by which trawler.”.

And to give what he calls “that Yorkshire taste” the lucky spuds are properly dunked in pure beef dripping.

Some 63,000 chip lovers voted nationally for more than 630 shops and Stu Baker at the Potato Council, said: “Britain is truly a nation of chip lovers and Chip Week is a fantastic celebration of our great food tradition.

“It’s no surprise so many voted in the Choice Chip Awards this year – the British public feel very strongly about their local chippy and are prepared to take the trouble to vote to put their favourite on the map.”

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11:37am Mon 17 Feb 14

northern pig says...

Well done.What are the fish shop opening times? i am willing to travel for a decent portion,Some fish shops i have visited in Bradford over the last few years,have served up very poor quality fare.
Well done.What are the fish shop opening times? i am willing to travel for a decent portion,Some fish shops i have visited in Bradford over the last few years,have served up very poor quality fare. northern pig
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Looks like they ahve a website.. the opening time are :-

Monday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Tuesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Wednesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Thursday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Friday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00
Saturday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00

I got Fish and Chips From there at the weekend, very nice indeed.
Looks like they ahve a website.. the opening time are :- Monday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Tuesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Wednesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Thursday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Friday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00 Saturday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00 I got Fish and Chips From there at the weekend, very nice indeed. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Commonsense999 says...

Beef dripping what about the halal brothers?
Beef dripping what about the halal brothers? Commonsense999
  • Score: -2

3:06pm Mon 17 Feb 14

northern pig says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Looks like they ahve a website.. the opening time are :-

Monday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Tuesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Wednesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Thursday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00
Friday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00
Saturday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00

I got Fish and Chips From there at the weekend, very nice indeed.
Cheers mate!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Looks like they ahve a website.. the opening time are :- Monday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Tuesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Wednesday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Thursday 11.30 – 1.45 & 4.15 – 8.00 Friday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00 Saturday 11.30 – Open all day – 8.00 I got Fish and Chips From there at the weekend, very nice indeed.[/p][/quote]Cheers mate!!! northern pig
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4:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Old Peculiar says...

Always top quality fish n chips from Towngate, and Mark supports his local community in many ways, well done !!
Always top quality fish n chips from Towngate, and Mark supports his local community in many ways, well done !! Old Peculiar
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Commonsense999 wrote:
Beef dripping what about the halal brothers?
Voted *up* for the Islamophobe (because I actually found the comment funny).
[quote][p][bold]Commonsense999[/bold] wrote: Beef dripping what about the halal brothers?[/p][/quote]Voted *up* for the Islamophobe (because I actually found the comment funny). The Hoffster
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mr.bradford says...

very often parking up is a nightmare on that junction. i always end up driving up bradford road to websters!
very often parking up is a nightmare on that junction. i always end up driving up bradford road to websters! mr.bradford
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