Chip Wagon drives off with top shop title

Chip Wagon staff Gary Gribbon, shop manager, and Margaret Rafferty, day manager,  are presented with the Portadown Times Chip Shop of the Year certificate by Libby Belshaw, Johnston Press. INPT19-300.
Chip Wagon staff Gary Gribbon, shop manager, and Margaret Rafferty, day manager, are presented with the Portadown Times Chip Shop of the Year certificate by Libby Belshaw, Johnston Press. INPT19-300.

Fresh fish and local produce have proven a recipe for success for The Chip Wagon in Obins Street, which has won the Portadown Times Chip Shop of the Year competition.

The chippy was one of 10 in the area nominated by readers and customers, with people then voting by text and post for their favourite.

Gillian Devaney, marketing, Johnston Press, said the competition had attracted a lot of interest and votes, but that the Chip Wagon was the “clear winner”.

The framed certificate was presented to shop manager Gary Gribbon and day manager Margaret Rafferty.

The business, which is owned by Tony and Sharon Lavery, prides itself on its “massive” fish, which are bought fresh from a local supplier and cooked in a special-recipe batter.

The chips are also home-made and cooked by Tony himself.

Margaret Rafferty explained that The Chip Wagon also makes traditional Sunday dinners - turkey and ham or roast beef, roast potatoes and vegetables with all the trimmings - which are extremely popular.

Also a big hit are the freshly-made soda breakfasts topped with a choice of bacon, sausage and egg.

The sodas are supplied by Jean’s Bakery, Garvaghy Road, burgers by M&W Meats, Scotch Street, beef by Charlie Mallon Butchers, bacon and sausages by Pinkerton’s, Armagh, and chicken by Drum Gold, Portadown.

The Chip Wagon, which employs a range of part-time and full-time staff, opens seven days a week - 9am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-10.30pm on Sunday.

The other nominees for the Portadown Times Chip Shop of the Year competition were The Meal Machine, Kernan; Chips Direct, West Street; PG Chips, Wright’s Service Station; Express Catering, Laurelvale; Chips Stop, Hamiltonsbawn; Chips Ahoy, Gilford Road; JP’s, Carrickblacker Road; The Port, Church Street; Wee Barney’s, Bridge Street.

The Lurgan Mail winner was JC’s Chippie based at Drumgor.