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Shap Chippy Win Best Newcomer in UK Fish and Chip Awards!!

We are so proud… fabulous event… picture Gwyneth Paltrow winning an Oscar – that was Jo and Georgina on Monday when we were totally shocked to hear “and the winner is…. Shap Chippy!”  We may have been a bit redder and blotchier and tear-stained than Ms Paltrow…

A huge thank you to all our staff past and present – running a chippy is a real team effort. And thanks to our customers – without your support and feedback we wouldn’t care so much about getting it right!

Being a National Award means we have had a lot of coverage on the radio, Twitter, Facebook, local papers etc… I will put some links in later – but I have to get down to the Chippy as Border TV are coming!

This is how it was first Tweeted… Fish & Chip Awards@FishnChipAwards Jan 20

. is crowned the winner of the Best Newcomer Award, congratulations to the team on their well-earned success

I have been trying to keep up with Twitter and Facebook but I am still a novice!

This piece from the Westmorland Gazette pretty well covers it, if you find your way round the adverts!

 

County and National Awards…

Having secured our Quality Award last year we realised the benefit of having targets – it keeps us focused on getting things right and on making improvements!

Today we have been shortlisted – one of only three – in the “Best Newcomer” category of the UK annual Fish and Chip awards.  Apparently the calibre of applicants was outstanding!  I am SO proud of our whole team. As well as a very detailed application form the judging is based on a “mystery shop” and unannounced visit (which coincided with the unannounced Environmental Health Officer’s inspection!) which must have gone better than it felt!

The judging of the final three (the others are in Keighley and Cleveland) takes place over the next month or so, with more mystery visits… The National Fish and Chip Awards Press Release is here.

On the screen at the awards ceremony

On the screen at the awards ceremony

Last month we were at the Cumberland News Business Awards gala dinner – a grand night out where Shap Chippy was a finalist in the Best New Business category.  We had to settle for being a runner up on what was a great occasion!

 

THIS WEEKEND – August 1st – 4th 2014

Shap has a very busy weekend with events all round – Total Warrior, Kendal Calling, an orienteering race and even a Chilli Festival nearby… for this reason we will not be able to provide table service at busy times (probably Friday and Saturday evenings) but we will have extended opening hours:

Friday 12 – 1.30 pm and 4.30 – 9.30 pm

Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm

Sunday 12 – 9.30 pm

Monday 9 – 1.30 pm

 

Tuesday we will return to relative normality…!

One year on…

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the scaffolding was up around the old chip shop in Shap, we were tearing our hair out and wondering what we had got into… and yet we have now been up and running for over a year and it’s been fantastic!

THANK YOU to everyone who has enjoyed their food with us over the past year… see you again soon!

 

Spring Cleaning Shap!

The first Tuesday of the Easter Holidays saw a gathering of young and old at the Chippy to make Shap even more beautiful!  Armed with litter picking kit from Eden District Council happy groups set off… hungry groups returned, laden with litter and were rewarded with free fish and chips!

 

Newbiggin Seniors tuck in at Shap Chippy!

Newbiggin Seniors all Smiles at Shap Chippy

Newbiggin Seniors all Smiles at Shap Chippy

We were delighted to welcome Newbiggin Seniors to the Chippy last week – they filled the restaurant with a happy buzz!

“Hi Georgina

Many thanks to you and your staff for the lunch today.
Everyone has said how much they enjoyed it.
We would love to do it again sometime.
Kind regards
Ann & Gordon”
If you have a group of up to 25 people that you think would enjoy a visit, please get in touch to arrange a visit! 01931 716060

Hooray! Shap Chippy has the best “Chippy Chips” in Cumbria!

Members of Shap Chippy Frying Squad with award winning chips

Members of Shap Chippy Frying Squad with award winning chips

HOORAY!!! Thank you to all you lovely people that voted for us – by filling in a card or online – we won “Best Chippy Chips” in Cumbria! http://chips.lovepotatoes.co.uk/chip-week-winners-2014#overlay-context=

National Chip Week

It’s National Chip Week this week, so anyone that comes in and says “I love Shap Chippy Chips!” gets 20p off their chips!

Freshly Fried Shap Chippy Chips

Freshly Fried Shap Chippy Chips

Thank you means so much!

A special thank you letter

A special thank you letter

A local lad likes Shap Chippy – and we like him!

 

Thank you Ethan – we really appreciate you taking the time to write.

Battered by the weather rather than battered cod!

Lights but no Chippy sign!

Lights but no Chippy sign!

It was such a proud moment last year when we got our new sign up, but the outrageous weather over Christmas has not only seen rain coming in but has reduced us to uncertain identity!

As we checked our premises each day over the Christmas break I was delighted to see our festive lights bravely hanging on – it took a few days to realise that our sign was missing!  Fortunately it was rescued as it hurtled up the street – but it has been retired hurt.

Our new sign will be up next week – free chips to the first person to notice the slight difference!