A fish and chip restaurant ravaged by fire last year has scooped an award.
The Magpie Cafe, in Whitby , was hit by two serious blazes in less than 24 hours – one late on Sunday, April 30, and the other when it reignited the following afternoon.
Speaking to The Gazette in 2017 , long-term Magpie chef Jon Breckon, 37, described the moment he saw his workplace ablaze for the second time.
He said: “I’d just got home, got changed and went to Sainsbury’s. I turned the corner and saw flames again,” he said.
“I just had tunnel vision and wanted to make sure everyone was out. The boss’s son was there and sent me for more fire extinguishers. There was only the head chef, owner and restaurant manager in there.”
The eaterie suffered damage not only from the blaze but also from the water used to put out the fire.
Furniture and fittings, even most of the floors had to be ripped out after becoming water-logged.
Shell-shocked boss Ian Robson remembers walking in and looking straight up several storeys to the roof.
The Magpie’s adjacent takeaway re-opened months after the fire – in July.
And after seven months, the black and white Whitby institution, overlooking the harbour, finally opened its doors to customers last December.
Magpie co-owners Alison McKenzie and Ian Robson believe the refurbishment after the fires will have cost around £1m.
Now, the company has taken to social media to announce it had won the North’s Best Seafood Establishment at Food Awards England 2018.
A post from the business’ Twitter account read: “So, this happened yesterday! We won the North’s Best Seafood Establishment at Creative Oceanic’s Food Awards England 2018.”
It added: “Thank you all for your support, it means a lot to the Magpie Cafe team.”
The Magpie serves up a staggering 250,000 portions of fish and chips every year.