Derry’s Best Chip Shop revealed

CHIP SHOP OF THE YEAR. . . .Gillian Devenney, Marketing and Promotions, Derry Journal, presenting Catherine Smith, Brendan's with the Derry Journal 'Chip Shop of the Year 2015' award on Monday afternoon last outside the Spencer Road Chippie. Included from left are David Dunne and Brendan Smith. DER1615MC015

CHIP SHOP OF THE YEAR. . . .Gillian Devenney, Marketing and Promotions, Derry Journal, presenting Catherine Smith, Brendan's with the Derry Journal 'Chip Shop of the Year 2015' award on Monday afternoon last outside the Spencer Road Chippie. Included from left are David Dunne and Brendan Smith. DER1615MC015

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Since being founded in 1973, Brendan’s fish and chip shop has been going from strength from strength, steadily becoming more popular with the people of Derry.

Now it is recognised as one of the most successful shops of its kind in the city, and has been voted the 2015 Derry Journal Chip Shop of the Year.

A closely-knit family business, David and Catherine Smith run the chip shop on Spencer Road together, and were frying high when they got news of their accomplishment.

“We’re over the moon” David told the ‘Journal’.”

“It was brilliant to win this award, and we’re glad that people hold us in such high regard.

“Customers are always put first in this business, and it looks like all the early mornings paid off.”

David and Catherine took over the business from their father Brendan, but that’s not to say that he didn’t have a hand in scooping up top plaice in the competition.

David explained his father’s role in the business: “He still plays a massive part, he would be down here keeping the whole thing sweet.

“He really still is the captain of the ship.”

Brendan’s has expanded in recent years, with a second and a third premises opening up on Stanley’s Walk and Laburnum Terrace.

“The small chip shop that started over 40 years ago is quickly becoming a franchise and expanding city-wide.

David put the success of Brendan’s down to the dedication of his staff and their relationship with customers.

The Spencer Road premises employs seven staff members, and David told the ‘Journal’ that each of them helped the business in netting the award.

“Our staff give 100% every day, we couldn’t do without them. They’re fantastic.

“The fact that we source our ingredients locally helps us in our success.

“We are a very local business.”

Brendan’s is opened Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 11pm, and on Sunday from 4pm to 10pm.

David would like to thank all those who voted for him, and talked about Brendan’s and their working policy.

“In this business, we give 100%, and we always work hard.

“There is no point in cutting corners in this industry,” he said.