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The Chip Inn, Long Stratton, is Diss Express Chip Shop of the Year

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Their chips are golden and crispy and have beaten all their competitors to be named as the best in the local area.

The Chip Inn, located on The Street, the A140, in Long Stratton, received the most votes in our competition and has been crowned the Diss Express chip shop of 2014.

The Chip Shop of the Year Competition, launched back in February, was your chance to tell us your favourite fish and chip shop and why.

Your nominations created our final shortlist of six local establishments and after three weeks of voting, The Chip Inn has been crowned the winner.

Thank you to everyone who nominated, voted and got in touch – we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

To commemorate their success, we presented The Chip Inn with our special ‘Chip Shop of the Year 2014’ certificate this week.

Jamie Austin is the general manager of the family-run business. He told the Diss Express some of the secrets of their success.

“We listen to the feedback that customers give us,” said Jamie. “If they don’t like something, we will change it. We have got a big customer base that keeps coming back - that tells us we are doing something right.”

The Chip Inn has both a takeaway and restaurant and employs 18 people, including members of the Austin family. Mr Austin’s dad Paul and uncle Chris are owner-directors.

Jamie added: “We make sure we buy our fish as sustainably as possible. If it is not good enough, it will be sent back.

“We also fry in beef dripping, which increases the flavour ten-fold. We tried vegetable oil once and people didn’t like it as much.”

Following on from the success of our Chip Shop of the Year Competition, we will shortly be launching our Salon of the Year Competition. For full details on how to nominate your favourite hair and/or beauty salon, see the Diss Express on Friday, May 9.

 

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