New Kettering chippy gets healthy eating accolade

Ocean Bay owner Zen Joannou

Ocean Bay owner Zen Joannou

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A new fish and chip shop which focuses on healthy eating has been given an accolade from Kettering Council.

Ocean Bay in London Road is the first of its kind to receive an Eat Out, Eat Well Award, receiving the bronze level.

Ocean Bay in London Road, Kettering

Ocean Bay in London Road, Kettering

The store only opened 11 weeks ago and focuses on steamed or grilled fish, rather than fried.

Shop owner Zen Joannou, 51, has been in the trade for 30 years and commutes from Birmingham to run it with his son Alex.

And he says the feedback he has had from customers in Kettering has been outstanding.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of experience in the trade and with Birmingham being so saturated we wanted a new audience.

“Kettering is such a lovely area and a nice town and we thought we’d give it something different to try.

“It’s the only one in the area and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had since we opened.

“We offer gluten-free fish dishes and we pride ourselves on the healthy eating side of things.”

Zen was delighted to win the award, which is accredited by nutrition experts.

He added: “This is a new concept and I’m delighted to have been recognised by it.

“It’s all going so well and in the future we’d love to franchise it across the county.

“We pride ourselves on using the best ingredients and the best fish to make the food as tasty as possible.”

Other recent winners include the Overstone Arms in Pytchley and the Latimer Park CDC Canteen at WM Morrison’s in Burton Latimer, who both received Silver Awards.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health at Kettering Council, said: “The Eat Out, Eat Well Awards make it easier for our residents to make healthier choices when eating out and also give the businesses involved a competitive edge.

“Receiving this award shows you are a responsible business that puts its customers first and I would urge caterers to contact us to find out more.”

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