AN allergen-concious Lake District chippy has seen its efforts recognised at a food awards ceremony.

Vinegar Jones, at Bowness-on-Windermere, picked up a pair of gold awards at the FreeFrom Eating Out awards at the ExCel exhibition centre in London.

Owners Paul and Tracey Hogg were awarded gold in the Fish and Chips Shops category, and another gold in the Creme de la Creme section – a category for winners from last year's awards.

The FreeFrom Eating Out awards celebrate the best 'freefrom' eateries and send out their judges. Based on the judges' reports, gold, silver and bronze awards are presented to eateries who understand how to cater safely for food allergic people. Awards go to those who have learned how to provide guests on restricted diets with exciting, innovative and delicious food which can rival, if not excel, their 'normal' offer.

"We are very proud of our chip shop and the awards give us confidence that everything we are doing is correct," said Mrs Hogg.

"We are just absolutely delighted to win and we want to advertise it because there are so many people who worry about their food."

Vinegar Jones, where as far as possible, everything is locally sourced, was praised by judges for its gluten free offering. Despite this being more expensive to produce, it is priced the same as traditional fish and chips in the Bowness eaterie.

Mrs Hogg said their gluten-free dishes are produced completely separately from other foods, with its own fryers and utensils.

She said: "There is a lot to it but once you get into the routine of it, it's fairly straightforward.

"It's not a matter of choice for people, it's about their health."

Mr and Mrs Hogg have run Vinegar Jones since 2008. In 2012, it was gutted by a fire which ravaged the Royal Square premises and threatened to impact neighbouring businesses.

Following an extensive refurbishment with new facilities and a 40-seat dining area, Vinegar Jones reopened in March 2013.