Pub in running for top chip award

Clare Riddle with some of the famous chips at The McOrville pub, Elwick village
Clare Riddle with some of the famous chips at The McOrville pub, Elwick village

A VILLAGE pub is hoping to claim its second award in just six months for its distinctive chips.

The McOrville in Elwick, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, is in the running for the title of Choice Chip Award.

The title is awarded by the British Potato Council and Agriculture development board during National Chip Week.

It is presented to the independent chip shop, restaurant, or pub that serves up the best great British chip as voted for by customers.

At The McOrville, on the village green, customers have their home-made chips served to them in pint tankards.

The pub is asking customers to vote for them by completing comment cards.

Licensee Clare Riddle said: “Guests love the fact they can come to the bar and order two pints, one of our award-winning cask ale, and one of our hopefully award-winning hand-cut chips. It’s a bit different, and it makes people smile.

“Our potatoes are delivered daily and are literally straight out of the ground from local farmers, supplied and delivered by fruit and veg veteran Ian Watson from his long-established shop on Elwick Road, Hartlepool.

“Being a costal town, I think we have a lot of competition from some great fish and chips shops in the area and nationally, but hopefully our support of local farmers and suppliers, as well as our twist on presentation will persuade people to cast their votes for The McOrville, and bring another award to the area.”

Last year, The McOrville celebrated being awarded the coveted Cask Marque for the quality of their real ale.

It was after the pub was saved from closure last March when Hartlepool-born businessman Chris Howard stepped in.

Chris, managing director of Leeds-based N8 Pub Company, said: “The pub continues to go from strength to strength.”

National Chip Week runs from February 18-24.

People can vote online at or by completing voting cards from any other participating outlet.

Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 Fish Supper.