A FISH restaurant has reached recognition as one of the country's best fish and chip takeaways.

Fish Box in Robin Hoods Bay, near Whitby in North Yorkshire, was named as one of the UK's 50 Best Fish and Chip Takeaways for 2019.

The 'express-style' fish and chip shop was the only takeaway in the area to make the list, according to Fish Box bosses.

During an anonymous visit, a judge inspected more than 40 elements of the business.

This included an assessment of the quality of food, customer service, cleanliness and the value for money offered.

The restaurant scored 98 percent, owing to staff professionalism and the overall product served.

Stuart Fusco of Fusco’s of Whitby, which owns the Fish Box, said: “We are thrilled that Fish Box Robin Hood’s Bay has gained this prestigious title, which is testament to the effort we put in to ensuring that every portion of fish and chips we serve is of the best quality.

"There are some exceptional businesses in the final 50 and we are honoured to be named as one of the best alongside them.

"We would like to thank our entire team and offer them a huge well done for scoring such high marks.”

The restaurant also joined 400 other establishments, fighting for a place in the Top 10.