Letchworth fish and chips shop enjoyed the ride despite missing out on national gong

PUBLISHED: 12:48 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 21 January 2016

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald with Mick Cox and Nicola Cox.

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald with Mick Cox and Nicola Cox.

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A fish and chip shop from Letchworth is proud to have made it to the final of a national competition despite missing out on first place.

Cox’s of Letchworth were in London last night for the National Fish and Chip Awards, after coming out on top in the regional rounds.

The eventual winners were Cheltenham-based Simpsons, but the team at the Arena Parade favourite are glad to have been recognised by the industry top dogs.

Shop manager Mick Cox said: “As a business owner it’s nice for someone to give you a pat on the back and say ‘you’ve done a good job’.

“We do that to our staff but not that many people do it to us.

“Letchworth is a beautiful little town and my customers are fantastic. They’re our friends, we get to know them every week and it’s a nice environment to work in.

“We’re part of the community and we feel that it’s not just a business, it’s a social life.

“It’s a fantastic competition, anyone else who hasn’t entered it, enter it next year. It’s raised the profile of our business and it was really nice to meet all the fellow contestants.”

Nicola Cox said: “We’re really appreciative of how far we made it in the competition. Our shop is very central to the community, especially I think with older people.

“I think they feel special when they come in, we always know what they want and they like that.”

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