A WEE County chippy has been recognised as a top takeaway.

There is every reason to celebrate at The Bridge Sauchie, after the eaterie netted another certificate to add to its wall.

The Main Street shop has made it onto Fry Magazine's list of the 50 best fish and chip takeaways in the UK for 2017.

It has been selected after being judged on a range of elements – which included customer service and the food itself.

Alberto Jaconelli, who runs the chip-shop with his wife Domenica and is helped by dad Luigi, is more than happy with the news.

He said: "We feel very honoured to be recognised by such a prestigious magazine."

The family behind the business are very hands on and making sure they produce high-quality food is very important to them.

Alberto said: "We are very passionate about our work, we are very dedicated and to be honest we always put the product above everything else."

The takeaways chosen made it onto the winning list after an independent company sent mystery diners to all those that entered.

They assessed things like staff friendliness, cleanliness and product knowledge.

In addition, they looked at the quality of the food such as the crispiness of the bater, texture of the chips and flakiness of the fish.

Outlets also had the opportunity to pick up additional points for things such as clean and tidy uniforms, specials boards and cooking to order.

The benchmark to get onto the list was set at 95 per cent and Alberto said The Bridge secured an impressive 98 per cent mark.

This is the fifth year that Fry Magazine has run the competition to find the top 50.

Competition organiser Reece Head said: "Running a fish and chip shop gets harder every year with so much going on behind the scenes, so to serve up excellent quality food with a matching level of service and atmosphere day-in day-out deserves to be recognised.

"All the shops that made the 50 best have proved they go the extra mile to give their customers the best possible experience, whether that’s detailing the boat that catches the day’s fish, running weekly specials, or simply taking time out to ask customers how their day has been.

"This is what puts these chippies ahead and keeps customers coming back time and time again."

The Bridge Sauchie is no stranger to awards.

It beat out hundreds of hopefuls to place in Fry Magazine's top 50 of 2013, scooped an award for Scotland's best fish and chips in the Scottish Italian Awards 2014, was a finalist in 2015's Scottish Italian Awards and went up against six others to be in with a chance of being named 'takeaway of the year' in the central region, as part of The Food Awards Scotland last year.

Alberto pays tribute to those who support the business and believes they couldn't have asked for a better group of diners – saying it is "the customers that keep you going day-to-day".

He added: "A huge thank you to the local community and to the wider Clackmannanshire community for supporting us through all these years – it will be our twentieth year this year.”