NFFF Quality Award success for the third time!

Determined to keep our standards up we once again submitted ourselves to the rigours of an inspection by the National Federation of Fish Friers.

The inspect EVERYTHING! We panic, then realise we are by and large OK, check that the plasters in our first aid kit are not out of date and the bulb has been changed in the purple fly-killer and away we go… Here’s the press release the NFFF put out, and the report that appeared in the good old Cumbria Life Magazine!

A big thank you to our staff and to our customers for always keeping us on our toes…

Shap Chippy maintained is place with the fish frying elite from across the UK, by maintaining the prestigious NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.

Shap Chippy owners Georgina Perkins and Jo Hampson said “We are very pleased to receive this prestigious award. To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for their continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation. The transformation within the three years since we first opened has been amazing.

The award doesn’t just represent the fish and chips we produce, but also the hard work and high quality produce our local suppliers provide us to work with.”

The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.

To qualify, each shop has to go through an inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.

NFFF President Andrew Crook explained: “The NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award assessment is extremely comprehensive. Food safety is a key area that we examine together with other key aspects of the business including the preparation and cooking equipment, to the management of paperwork and the traceability of fish.
“Shap Chippy clearly takes pride in where it sources its fish and potatoes from,” said Andrew. “Achieving the NFFF Fish & Chip Quality Award provides reassurance to customers that they are being served cooked food using high-quality ingredients.”
This award sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry.  It will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.

Each Fish and Chip Quality Award is valid for two years and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.


Seafood Week 2017


Seafood lovers in Shap will be joining the rest of the UK to celebrate

Seafood Week from 6-13 October.

Jo Hampson from Shap Chippy, also known as “Smoky Jo” will be marking the occasion by making home-smoked haddock, battered and fried available all week. “Our smoked haddock is very popular, we usually only smoke once a week so available as a special on Thursdays but next week we will be smoking every day if we need to!”

Shap Chippy has been part of the local seafood scene since 2013. In addition as battered cod they poach fish as a gluten-free option as well as frying their home-made fishcakes and wholetail scampi.

Jo said: “There is a great range and variety of seafood in the UK and we want to

celebrate that by shining a light on the industry and its fantastic produce. Obviously I want to encourage people to eat fish and chips but also to enjoy all sorts of seafood – the tastes are amazing and nutritional value excellent – from cod to cockles, pollack to prawns, nothing can beat a dish of fish or shellfish!”

Seafood Week is about giving seafood the recognition it deserves and thanking the

people who produce it, from the fishermen who haul their fresh catch in all weathers to

the chefs who serve it to our table.

The event already has the backing of key players in the industry, including Seafish, the

industry body that works to secure a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible

future for the UK seafood industry.

Heather Middleton, Marketing Manager at Seafish, said: “We want to bring the whole of

the UK together to celebrate and showcase all the best that seafood has to offer.

We’ve been eating it for generations. It is part of our tradition and our national identity,

and it truly deserves a regular place on all our dining tables.

To help build support of Seafood Week, we are urging people to start tweeting with the

hashtag #seafoodweek.”

Shap Chippy’s Georgina Perkins urges those interested to visit the website to find out more “There are loads of recipe suggestions and activities – my favourite is the traditional chip shop pun day!”

What a year 2016 was for Shap Chippy and our Frying Squad!

We had “a bit of a do” at Christmas with our Frying Squad, we talked about what a year 2016 had been… we thought we should share some of the amazing achievements of our team, not just as Shap Chippy – although we’ll start there!

Our greatest team achievement has to be being selected in the Top 50 Fish and Chip shops in the UK. We were thrilled and so pleased that all our hard work and good food was recognised. We also received a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for the second year in a row – yay!

But 2016 was also a year of fantastic achievements for everyone – individually amazing things have been done…….

(Mr) Dal decided that after his 2015 trip to Australia he could do with losing a few pounds in weight so he took himself off to Slimmers World where he lost over 3 stone and was awarded “Man of the Year!” Well done Dal! At a recent trade fair we had to introduce him all over again as no-one recognised the slimmed down version.

Elizabeth, Atlanta and Molly got fantastic results in the GCSEs and are now studying for A levels – brilliant!

Rhianon raised enough money for her school trip-of-a-lifetime to Tanzania.

Stacey enjoyed playing football for Penrith and represented Cumbria, she also played in a tournament at the home of Wigan Athletic- how fantastic is that!?!

Michaela and her team mates won the National Cheer leading Championships in Manchester in the spring – absolutely fabulous!

Aaron and Dawn have had a brilliant year which started with them getting married in March. In November Dawn was selected to play in the National Ladies Pool

Championships where she won 6 of her games. Aaron was responsible for designing and building our new lovely bathroom at the Chippy.  Also, and of huge importance, was the fact that they both gave up smoking in December which is a fantastic achievement. What an amazing year!

Petra put her culinary skills to work for the Chippy by helping us celebrate Valentines day and Mothers day by making meringue ‘kisses’ and cakes. She also came up with the recipe for our own home made Tartare Sauce which is proving so popular with our customers and is just the best secret recipe!

Sylwia joined the Shap Frying Squad this year and has proved to be a huge asset – not least due to her superb baking abilities… This year she made a wonderful dessert for Jo’s 60th birthday; then she baked a sticky toffee pudding and a chocolate orange cheesecake for our Christmas drinks on 23rd December – both went down a storm. Next stop the Great British Bake-Off..?

Jo’s achievement was reaching her 60th birthday – celebrated with fun events throughout the year culminating in a house party with her family in Scotland in November.

George was accepted to play in the Westmorland Orchestra and played in her first concert with them in December. Well done George – brilliant!

So all in all 2016 was a great year for Shap Chippy and the whole Frying Squad – such talented people – bravo and thank you, everyone… Who knows what this year will bring… new members of the Frying Squad joining us to work hard and play hard, perhaps!

In the Top 50, Perfect Timing and environmentally friendly Bio Boxes

Gary Pagin, perfectly timed fish eater!

Gary Pagin, perfectly timed fish eater!

Cumberland News Story 14 June 2016

Cumberland News Story 14 June 2016

You may have seen us in the local press recently – we came in the top 50 British fish and chip takeaways, based on a mystery shop.  We entered last year but didn’t quite make it – one of the things we didn’t score for was name badges.  We try to be democratic and most of our staff did not want to wear name badges.  When we put ourselves forward this year for assessment it was largely for the benefit of a detailed mystery shopper report.  Getting in the Top 50 was truly a real surprise – we scored 96% even without name badges!

As a result of this we got some local media coverage. The Cumberland News sent a reporter and photographer and they did a lovely piece, spoke to some regular customers etc and then Gary Pagin arrived, saying that he’d been recommended Shap Chippy when he was in Penrith so had WALKED the eleven miles!

He seemed to enjoy his meal and as you can see we have changed from the polystyrene boxes to bioboxes.  These are made of a waste product from sugar cane and are biodegradable.

YES –  Please put your empty fish and chip boxes from Shap Chippy in your garden waste!


Shap Chippy, Radio and Theatre!

The Highlights Touring Theatre scheme brings amazing professional productions to far flung places… like Shap! Our local impresario, Janet Wood managed to secure one of the bestselling shows the Box of Tricks Theatre company have ever put on for our village.  We agreed we could produce 50 meals for 7 pm on a Sunday evening – but we had to increase it to 71 due to popular demand – I wish I had been able to stay and enjoy it – it looked  terrific and starred two faces recognisable from TV – Ben Ryan Davies (Waterloo Road) and Jessica Forrest (Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) as well as Julie Edwards and Russell Richardson.

Our other recent adventure was when we took part in a local “Chip Bun Challenge” hosted by Yakkers – Simon Yaxley – of Lakeland Radio.

We did ourselves proud with a Shap Chippy special – A chip butty with one of our own smoked halloumi fritters smothered in curry source…

Shap Chippy Special Chip Butty

Shap Chippy Special Chip Butty

Yakkers had to pass Jo the microphone!

Yakkers had to pass Jo the microphone!





Art at Shap Chippy

Shap Chippy by Kayleigh Richardson

Shap Chippy by Kayleigh Richardson

Wall hanging made in Sri Lanka by a friend!

Wall hanging made in Sri Lanka by a friend!

The Rainbow Fish made for us by Catbells Class

The Rainbow Fish made for us by Catbells Class

Veldt Sky, painting by Rona Newsom

Veldt Sky, painting by Rona Newsom

I have been meaning to add something about our art to the site for ages… to answer the questions we get!

As reported in Cumbria Crack we have recently given a wall of our restaurant over to art by Kayleigh Richardson.  She has created a lovely picture of Shap Chippy for us and it is surrounded by her own work – all of which is for sale.

Prior to this we had the glorious Rainbow Fish!  This was created for us by Catbells class from Shap School after they visited us earlier in the year.  As you can see it is beautiful!  We are keeping it in a safe place.

Rona Newsom’s art held pride of place before that with her vibrant recreation of a Veldt Sky – from her South African childhood.

We also had an amazing wall hanging sent all the way from Sri Lanka – a friend’s daughter made it just from seeing us on the internet!

We also have prints by Libby Edmondson – an artist based in Levens, whose colourful pictures of the fells have been on the walls since we opened.

Other permanent features are some incredible felt pictures by the amazingly talented Maulds Meaburn-based Debra Esterhuizen.




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!


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…!

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!


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!