Newport chippy could be Britain's best

Pie Corner Chip Shop in the running to be named Britain's best chippy. Pictured is employee Phillip Harding at Pie Corner Chip Shop in Newport. (5282972)

Pie Corner Chip Shop in the running to be named Britain's best chippy. Pictured is employee Phillip Harding with their Newport Dragon mascot at Pie Corner Chip Shop in Newport. (5282981)

Pie Corner Chip Shop in the running to be named Britain's best chippy. Pictured is employee Phillip Harding with their Newport Dragon mascot at Pie Corner Chip Shop in Newport. (5282983)

Pie Corner Fish Bar in the running to be named Britain's Best Chippy. Pictured is employee Phillip Harding with their Newport Dragon mascot at Pie Corner Fish Bar in Newport. (5282993)

Pie Corner Chip Shop in the running to be named Britain's best chippy. Pictured is employee Phillip Harding at Pie Corner Chip Shop in Newport. (5282978)

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A NEWPORT fish and chip shop is in the running to be named Britain’s Best Chippy and win £1,000.

Pie Corner Fish Bar, on High Cross Lane, Pye Corner, is believed to be the only Gwent chippy to have entered the P&G Professional’s Britain’s Best Chippy competition which aims to celebrate local chip shops.

The family-run business is owned by Beatrix Hughes, John Hughes, Julia Hughes and Richard Kovac.

“I just went online and filled out all of the details,” explained Miss Hughes. “I was really surprised that by chance we were the only ones from Gwent to have entered.”

Staff at the fish and chip shop, which opened in June last year, hope its attention to customers’ needs will gain them more public recognition and more votes.

“We have unique aspects in our shop, we serve gluten free food every day as well as vegetarian chips,” she said. “A lot of shops fry everything in the same oil which limits vegetarian customers and people with allergies.

“We use only the best boneless, skinless cod which a lot of people comment on. We are constantly conscious about the quality of our food and using the best ingredients. We also have a professional chef, Phillip Harding.”

If they win the cash, staff want to use it to do something good in the community, said Miss Hughes, adding that the shop bought a Newport Super Dragon for charity.

Organisers of the competition, which is based on online votes, will announce a winner in the next 28 days. Voting has now closed.

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11:53am Fri 11 Apr 14

Gareth says...

Did I read this correctly?

Any UK chippy that filled in an entry form has reached this stage of the competition? There's been no judging on taste or quality; merely the ability to fill in an entry form?

I'm not sure that really justifies such a headline!

What next: "Will a Newport man win tonight's Euromillions? A Newport man bought a ticket today for the Euromillions, and could win.

Signs are good, as he has already filled in the numbers and successfully handed his £2 to the lady behind the counter."
Did I read this correctly? Any UK chippy that filled in an entry form has reached this stage of the competition? There's been no judging on taste or quality; merely the ability to fill in an entry form? I'm not sure that really justifies such a headline! What next: "Will a Newport man win tonight's Euromillions? A Newport man bought a ticket today for the Euromillions, and could win. Signs are good, as he has already filled in the numbers and successfully handed his £2 to the lady behind the counter." Gareth
  • Score: 68

12:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Gasguy says...

Good luck for the chippy but that comment is hilarious!
Good luck for the chippy but that comment is hilarious! Gasguy
  • Score: 23

3:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mr Bump. says...

A cracking chippie mind. Keep up the good work.
A cracking chippie mind. Keep up the good work. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 7

7:34pm Fri 11 Apr 14

bugsy93 says...

Good luck, but why have so few shops in Gwent entered for this award?
Surely, the award should be for the best that entered this competition, as there are many other high quality chip shops in the Gwent area that chose not to take part..
Good luck, but why have so few shops in Gwent entered for this award? Surely, the award should be for the best that entered this competition, as there are many other high quality chip shops in the Gwent area that chose not to take part.. bugsy93
  • Score: 3

11:24am Sat 12 Apr 14

ollie72 says...

Not a bad chippy, but not a patch on Bina's, opposite the Handpost pub
Not a bad chippy, but not a patch on Bina's, opposite the Handpost pub ollie72
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bravoscar says...

They must be thinking of how to spend £1000 if they win how exciting?
What a pathetic prize
They must be thinking of how to spend £1000 if they win how exciting? What a pathetic prize bravoscar
  • Score: -10

6:31pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BernardCCC says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
A cracking chippie mind. Keep up the good work.
Just tried them for the first time...being vegetarian seemed rude not to...and yup very good chips!

I will continue to vote for them... with my custom :)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: A cracking chippie mind. Keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]Just tried them for the first time...being vegetarian seemed rude not to...and yup very good chips! I will continue to vote for them... with my custom :) BernardCCC
  • Score: 13

4:54am Sun 13 Apr 14

Badboyk says...

(This shop is a little Gem). My local was Shepards fish bar, that is local to me which I visited once a week until a friend recommended Pie Corner Fish bar and as I am a creature of habit i reluctantly gave it a try, and WOW I was amazed as soon as I walked into the building by how modern and clean the shop was. There was a small que but it did not take very long to clear and while I was waiting in the que the chef asked me if I was wanting any fish which I replied yes. And as I got to the front of the que, I was greated by a friendly smile by a very polite young lady serving, my fish was nearly ready, and when I saw It wow it looked amazing, the lady told me that they like to cook all there fish to order to keep the freshness , which I totally agree. I could not wait to get home and dig in. Soon as I got into my kitchen and unwrapped my fish and chips they were still piping hot, and wow the fish was the best I have ever tasted, with no skin which I always leave, pure flakey and white, and were complimented by a crispy golden chip, which were perfection.
So glad I tried this chip shop,well worth the extra drive. Keep up the good work PCFB you get my vote
(This shop is a little Gem). My local was Shepards fish bar, that is local to me which I visited once a week until a friend recommended Pie Corner Fish bar and as I am a creature of habit i reluctantly gave it a try, and WOW I was amazed as soon as I walked into the building by how modern and clean the shop was. There was a small que but it did not take very long to clear and while I was waiting in the que the chef asked me if I was wanting any fish which I replied yes. And as I got to the front of the que, I was greated by a friendly smile by a very polite young lady serving, my fish was nearly ready, and when I saw It wow it looked amazing, the lady told me that they like to cook all there fish to order to keep the freshness , which I totally agree. I could not wait to get home and dig in. Soon as I got into my kitchen and unwrapped my fish and chips they were still piping hot, and wow the fish was the best I have ever tasted, with no skin which I always leave, pure flakey and white, and were complimented by a crispy golden chip, which were perfection. So glad I tried this chip shop,well worth the extra drive. Keep up the good work PCFB you get my vote Badboyk
  • Score: 11

5:14am Mon 14 Apr 14

Dee-Gee says...

Might give them a try myself. They'll be hard pushed to beat Jones on Caerleon Rd, though. Service can be a bit mediocre sometimes, but I'd forgive them anything for that fish selection, it's absolutely outstanding... and chips cooked in beef dripping... think I know what I want for supper tonight, now!

Lovely to see people talking about good chippies too, seems Newport has quite a few! :)
Might give them a try myself. They'll be hard pushed to beat Jones on Caerleon Rd, though. Service can be a bit mediocre sometimes, but I'd forgive them anything for that fish selection, it's absolutely outstanding... and chips cooked in beef dripping... think I know what I want for supper tonight, now! Lovely to see people talking about good chippies too, seems Newport has quite a few! :) Dee-Gee
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Gareth wrote:
Did I read this correctly?

Any UK chippy that filled in an entry form has reached this stage of the competition? There's been no judging on taste or quality; merely the ability to fill in an entry form?

I'm not sure that really justifies such a headline!

What next: "Will a Newport man win tonight's Euromillions? A Newport man bought a ticket today for the Euromillions, and could win.

Signs are good, as he has already filled in the numbers and successfully handed his £2 to the lady behind the counter."
Got to be in it to win it though?
[quote][p][bold]Gareth[/bold] wrote: Did I read this correctly? Any UK chippy that filled in an entry form has reached this stage of the competition? There's been no judging on taste or quality; merely the ability to fill in an entry form? I'm not sure that really justifies such a headline! What next: "Will a Newport man win tonight's Euromillions? A Newport man bought a ticket today for the Euromillions, and could win. Signs are good, as he has already filled in the numbers and successfully handed his £2 to the lady behind the counter."[/p][/quote]Got to be in it to win it though? Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Thu 17 Apr 14

welshdav says...

on the odd occasion my family have chips, we go here, great, friendly and an amazing family deal. Well deserved! Hats off!
on the odd occasion my family have chips, we go here, great, friendly and an amazing family deal. Well deserved! Hats off! welshdav
  • Score: 3

10:26am Thu 24 Apr 14

DavidMclean says...

bravoscar wrote:
They must be thinking of how to spend £1000 if they win how exciting?
What a pathetic prize
You're not really thinking that through are you? The accolade 'UK's Best Chippy' is worth way, way more to the business than £1000.

I'm impressed they are even giving £1000. Most national competitions don't include an actual prize - and certainly almost never money. I speak as somebody who puts together award entries for my clients on a regular basis. The title 'winner' is what they are after.

I could explain the value to the business in detail but really, it should be obvious.
[quote][p][bold]bravoscar[/bold] wrote: They must be thinking of how to spend £1000 if they win how exciting? What a pathetic prize[/p][/quote]You're not really thinking that through are you? The accolade 'UK's Best Chippy' is worth way, way more to the business than £1000. I'm impressed they are even giving £1000. Most national competitions don't include an actual prize - and certainly almost never money. I speak as somebody who puts together award entries for my clients on a regular basis. The title 'winner' is what they are after. I could explain the value to the business in detail but really, it should be obvious. DavidMclean
  • Score: 2

10:26am Tue 29 Apr 14

coalpicker says...

Try the chippy at the Tranch Pontypool my wife who is an expert on slimming
is adamant that the Tranch chips and Aldi chocolate are the best you can buy.
She is not losing any weight mind you .
Try the chippy at the Tranch Pontypool my wife who is an expert on slimming is adamant that the Tranch chips and Aldi chocolate are the best you can buy. She is not losing any weight mind you . coalpicker
  • Score: -4

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