A MUSSELBURGH fish and chip shop has been crowned one of the UK’s 50 ‘Best Fish & Chip Takeaways’ of the year for the second year running.

East Coast on North High Street was the only outlet in Edinburgh and the Lothians to make the list.

The accolade follows a search by trade publication Fry Magazine to find the chippies serving up the finest fish suppers amid a challenging Covid-19 year.

To make the 50 Best, East Coast had to impress a mystery diner who visited unannounced and marked it on more than 40 aspects of the business, from the quality of the food and customer service to its social media presence and Covid-safe practices.

The seafood outlet scored 97 per cent, receiving praise for the freshness and crispness of the batter and flakiness of North East Atlantic haddock, as well as the environmentally friendly packaging, the smart and professional staff, and Covid-safe measures.

Carol and Katia Crolla are celebrating another accolade for East Coast

Carol and Katia Crolla are celebrating another accolade for East Coast

Owned by Carlo and Katia Crolla, the business is the next chapter for the Crolla family, who have been serving people in Musselburgh from its premises on North High Street since 1974.

Mr Crolla said: “We’re over the moon to have been named one the UK’s 50 best fish and chip takeaways for the second year running and add yet another great award to our collection.

“It’s also a real honour for us and the whole East Coast team to have been recognised as the only fish and chips takeaway in Edinburgh and the Lothians to land a place on this list and help put East Lothian on the map as a real foodie destination.

“It’s quite common for businesses in smaller towns like Musselburgh to be overlooked in UK-wide competitions and not get the recognition they deserve, so it’s an amazing feeling to be able to successfully represent a business from Musselburgh on a national level in a competition with such a high benchmark.

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“We’re committed to having a friendly team, being dedicated, having great knowledge of the industry whilst continuously wanting to improve, having very high standards and knowing what a consumer wants.

“We would like to dedicate this award to all our loyal customers, friends and team members who have supported us during a very challenging year.”