RUDDYS in Longlevens has been crowned king of the fish and chip shops.
The popular chippy on Old Gloucester Road topped a poll of more than 500 Citizen readers run on our website gloucestercitizen.co.uk.
It was a close battle with all the nominees receiving strong support – but Ruddys won through.
General manager and chief fryer Ben Green, 28, was delighted to have won the competition.
"All our fish and chips are cooked to order when the customers come in so they are really fresh," he said.
"People also comment on how spotlessly clean the premises are and how they like the personal touch we give to them."
Best seller at Ruddys is the cod and chips but staff also cook haddock, plaice and home -made fishcakes packed with smoked and fresh cod or salmon.
Each portion is also served with a slice of fresh lemon – just the sort of extra special touch which brings customers back time after time.
Ben said: "We have a fantastically loyal staff here. Some started here when they were 16 and are still here now they are in their 40s.
"We strive to be the best all the time.
"There is a lot of competition but if you are good at what you do people will come back.
"We have a great customer base."
Many customers went on to our website to praise Ruddys describing their fish and chips as 'amazing'.
The online ballot used a secure voting mechanism to ensure people only had one vote.
All the nominees received votes, proving that we are blessed by brilliant chippies in Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and Stroud.
But there could only be one winner – Ruddys, Longlevens.