Rick’s ‘best fish supper’ shop is nom­i­nated for a tasty top award

The Oban Times - - Business -

ACHIP shop serv­ing fish sup­pers de­scribed as ‘the best I’ve ever tasted’ by celebrity chef, Rick Stein, has been nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious na­tional award.

Rick made the com­ments about Oban Fish and Chip Shop dur­ing film­ing for his show, Food He­roes, back in 2002.

Now, own­ers Lil­ian and Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald, who own the Ge­orge Street res­tau­rant, have been nom­i­nated for north west take­away of the year in the Food Awards Scot­land.

The pair have an im­pres­sive cen­tury of ex­pe­ri­ence in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try be­tween them, with Lil­ian, 56, hav­ing worked in all as­pects of hos­pi­tal­ity for the past 40 years, and 76-year- old Ge­orge work­ing in, and run­ning, restau­rants and ho­tels for 60 years.

The cou­ple are now pass­ing down their ex­per­tise to son Lewis, 26, who works in the chip shop and man­ages the front of house area of the take­away.

When the res­tau­rant’s fry­ing range stopped func­tion­ing last year, the fam­ily used it as an op­por­tu­nity to re­vamp their en­tire shop, rather than just re­plac­ing the faulty range.

Lil­ian said the new look had gen­er­ated a lot of busi­ness.

She added: ‘A lot of peo­ple don’t know this, but we ac­tu­ally sell seafood plat­ters and four dif­fer­ent sauces for our mus­sels.

‘ We are a ca­sual res­tau­rant, but our use of lo­cal pro­duce makes us a proper seafood res­tau­rant.

‘We get all of our meat from Grants Butch­ers in Taynuilt, who make us, ex­clu­sively, award-win­ning hag­gis. We also get all of our veg­eta­bles from J M Breck­en­ridge in Oban, and our seafood is supplied by D Watt and Son in Oban.’

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