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Thank you to everyone who has supported us since we opened in April – we look forward to continuing to serve you with fish and chips (and sausages, pie, cheese etc..) in 2014!
We will close at 8.00 pm on Sunday 22nd December and re-open at 12 noon on Friday 3rd January 2014.
See you next year!
Important things first… we now offer baked beans as an alternative (or in addition) to mushy peas!
We did it! Just after we heard we had ticked all 300 boxes…
Dan Harding presenting the NFFF Quality Award to us
Last week we finally received the news that we had reached the required standard for the National Federation of Fish Friers Quality Award – only four fish and chip shops in Cumbria currently hold it. It was hard work – not only do we have to ensure we are buying frying and serving top quality food but we have to prove that we have recording systems in place for cleaning and hygiene, staff training and so on… aiming for this award has helped us start as we mean to go on – and we are carrying on learning all the time! It’s been reported on the Westmorland Gazette site so far.
Nice surprise at the weekend when a friend asked us if we had seen the October edition of Cumbria Life…
Cumbria Life Review of Shap Chippy
“Choosing MSC certified sustainable seafood matters. The connection between our seafood choices and the way the oceans are fished is more tangible than ever.” Rupert Howes, MSC Chief Executive.
In common with all good fish and chip restaurants we buy all our cod and haddock from suppliers certified by the MSC – at the moment we have cod caught by the trawler “Vulcan”.
I have just found that a member of the Marine Stewardship Council is giving a talk at Maulds Meaburn on 22nd October “Sustainable Fisheries or the end of the line?” which should be interesting. (And the bar’s open!)
Who runs the Chippy?
Gwyn with her Great North Run 2013 finisher’s medal
Well Gwyn, sometimes, but on Sunday she was running the Great North Run and completed it in a commendable 2 hrs 30 minutes… at that speed you’d think she could have got back and put a shift in at the Chippy!
Thank you to all those who sponsored her – all funds go to The Great North Air Ambulance. The Management said they would match up to £100 of sponsorship and our customers – both regulars and those just passing through – have ensured we have to stump up the full amount – and we’re delighted so to do!
Well done Gwyn!
Crosby Ravensworth Show and Vintage Rally has been going for over 150 years and this year Shap Chippy was invited to sponsor a class or two… I asked if there was a fish class in the livestock section, but no, there wasn’t. Nor was there batter in the baking section or pickled eggs or pickled onions… However with a little persuading we sponsored a couple of potato classes and a pea class – though not the marrowfat peas from which our rather splendid mushy peas are made every day!
The show was great fun as ever, although not many people seemed to enter the horticultural section and Mr Newby seemed to win first, second and third in nearly all the classes! Congratulations to him and all the other gardeners. More next year, please!
Shap Chippy Signposted from J39 M6
Total Warrior was a challenge – especially when the electricity went off at 7.15 pm with a huge queue of hungry warriors at the door! Our team came up trumps, Gwyn explaining to the National Grid that we were a village of 1,000, with 10,000 visitors and 5 businesses trying to feed them…. the changed there estimate for the power outage from 3 hours to 30 minutes… phew! In the meantime Petra made pickled egg mayonnaise sandwiches for those who were really hungry. Hmmm….! With the power back on we enjoyed feeding more people than we usually do over a whole weekend… great fun – no pictures, I’m afraid, we were too busy!
Pictures of our new sign, though!
We now have a sign pointing the way to Shap Chippy for people coming off the M6 at junction 39 (J39). I had to sign a lease for it with Lonsdale Settled Estates. Some curious clauses in the lease – not to have riotous parties or some such… It’s a nice spot, but probably not my first choice for a bit of a do.
We also have a pavement sign and some professional window signs – opening hours, open/closed sign etc. Apart from looking much better we no longer have to rely on blu tac that a) leaves a horrible mess and b) has been melting and leaving our signs dragging sadly towards the floor.
Roadside furniture – mine’s legal and paid for!
Proof that we make chips from English potatoes… and evidence suggesting that Jo has been working too hard over the past week. Team members off on hols and on sick… and extra visitors from Kendal Calling, the Penrith Show and Total Warrior!
It was a long day!
She’ll be wide awake for Lowther weekend!
This weekend sees the annual Total Warrior event at Shap. Competitors face almost insurmountable obstacles… while the local chip shop faces… who knows?!
Organisers are expecting 7000 visitors to the site, and we understand several thousand are camping in and around Shap. On the assumption that this will increase our business to some degree or another we will be doing things slightly differently this weekend:
We will not be doing table service – sorry – and our menu will be slightly reduced. As we weren’t here last year we do not know what to expect – we will do our best!
Our extended opening hours this weekend will be:
Friday 4.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 9.30 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
To those taking part… good luck, take care – and eat well!