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Chippy frying high in good food guide

By Symon Ross

Published 03/11/2008

A Belfast fish and chip business has battered the opposition by scooping a Bridgestone Best in Ireland award.

John Dory's Traditional Fish & Chips received the award for its outlets in the Belfast area and has been put forward for a place in the new edition of the Bridgestone Good Food Guide.

Commenting on the accolade, Mark Polley from John Dory's said: "The Bridgestone Guide is widely recognised as a leading authority on the best places to eat in Ireland. We are delighted to accept the award and would like to thank everyone involved. The staff in particular have worked very hard to achieve the award and deserve great credit."

John McKenna, author of the Bridgestone guide, congratulated John Dory's on reaching the high standards set by the guide, which is best known for covering fine dining restaurants.

"Good fish and chips are hard to beat and John Dory's is certainly up there with the best of them," he said.

Mr Polley said the introduction of new varieties of fish onto the company's menu — such as basa, pollock and hake — had proven popular with customers.

Its emphasis for this year has been on promoting fish from sustainable sources.

"Stocks of the more recognised fish such as cod and haddock have declined in recent years so it is important that we take steps to protect the industry," said Mr Polley.

The Bridgestone award is not the first time John Dory's has won plaudits. It is a past holder of the Northern Ireland Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Award.

Belfast Telegraph

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