Olley’s wins award for gluten free fish and chips

A fish and chip shop in Herne Hill has won a top food award after being recognised as a “safe” place for customers following free-from diets to eat. 

Olley’s won the gold award - the highest accolade possible - at the annual FreeFrom Eating Out Awards after judges mystery dined the restaurant, scrutinising not just its gluten free fish and chips but also the knowledge and ability of staff to deal with customers with various dietary requirements.

The judges described the staff as being “friendly and welcoming” and were said to demonstrate “familiarity with coeliac, lactose and egg allergies and intolerances”. As well as praising the fish, which was described as excellent, judges concluded that Olley’s fish and chips were “very satisfying”, adding: “Given the comfort of the seating, service, quality and quantity of food, it was very good value for money.”

The Herne Hill restaurant and takeaway runs dedicated gluten free days every Monday and Tuesday, offering a wide range of fish, including cod, haddock, plaice and hake, all cooked in a specialist gluten free batter and served with chips. A choice of gluten free beers as well as a gluten free dessert give customers an even wider choice. 

The staff go to great lengths to ensure there is absolutely no chance of cross-contamination with extensive in-house training. A gluten free mobile fish and chip unit is also available to hire for catering at outside events and functions.

Owner Harry Niazi comments: “It’s a fantastic achievement to win this award. Frying great tasting gluten free fish and chips is one thing, ensuring all our staff are educated and confident enough to deliver that food safely to the customer is another. This award shows that we are doing everything properly and demonstrates to those customers with dietary requirements that they can come here and enjoy fish and  chips with confidence.”

He adds: “It’s an amazing feeling for us when we see people tucking into a portion of gluten free fish and chips when they’ve not been able to eat them for the past 10 years.”

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, which are now in their third year, encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the freefrom food service industry.