A WIDNES chippy is frying high after picking up an award for the best chippy chips.

Cronton Fish Bar 2 picked up the accolade for the Merseyside region at the annual Choice Chip Awards, run by the Potato Council.

The awards are part of Chip Week 2014 and this year saw more than 840 chip shops enter to be named champion across 10 regions of the UK.

Sava Mylona, 41, and Michael Diakou, 43, took charge of the family business in 2003 and have paid homage to their loyal customers for the support.

Mr Mylona said: “We have kept the business in the family for 40 years since opening and I am very proud of that.

“Our shop always buys the best quality fish and equipment which I feel is important to stay successful.

“But I must thank the customers; we have a very good customer base here.”

Caroline Evans, from 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.”