Radio 4 talking Fish and Chips

BBC Food Programme talking fish and chips

For those interested in a “renaissance in the Great British Fish and Chip Shop” Radio 4’s Food Programme talk about what good food and great value it is! Broadcast today 16th December 2013 at 3.30 pm or listen online – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lkndv

Christmas Greetings! – and Christmas Closing

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!

Cumbria Life Review of Shap Chippy

Nice surprise at the weekend when a friend asked us if we had seen the October edition of Cumbria Life…

Cumbria Life Review

Cumbria Life Review of Shap Chippy

Total Warrior – Shap invasion!

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!

 

Shap school makes a newsworthy visit to the Chippy

Last week we were visited by some enthusiastic youngsters who have been studying fish at the nearby Primary School. (Text from the report in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald is below, or click on the picture to see it full size.)

Shap school visit the chippy

Shap school visit the chippy

… and they created the most wonderful art when they were back at school – a plate of fish and chips.  Some included peas, some ketchup, some cutlery; some used wool balls, some newspaper some pasta (I think!) but all used amazing imagination and in some cases a great deal of glitter!

The art of plating up! Amazing stuff from Shap schoolchildren at key stage 1.

The art of plating up! Amazing stuff from Shap schoolchildren at key stage 1.

Tasty way to learn about fish
Shap Chippy welcomed children from the village school this week.  Children in years one and two at Shap Endowed Church of England Primary School have been learning all about fish this term and so they walked the few hundred yards up Main Street to learn a bit more from Jo Hampson and Gwyn Taylor at their local fish and chip restaurant.
The children came in two groups and all were able to see at first hand how the fish is prepared and how the potatoes are peeled and chipped.  They were then shown the frying range which contains the fat in separate pans to fry the fish and chips.  Before they left all the visitors including staff were treated to a small portion of fish and chips.
Jo and duty manager Gwyn have both been teachers previously and they enjoyed the opportunity to show the village youngsters how a fish and chips supper is prepared.  Jo said “the chldren were really interested, they loved seeing a potato go in one end of a machine and chips pop out the other end! They told me all about puffer fish and tuna that they had been studying, but I think they were pleased it was haddock that we gave them!”  Gwyn added “they were impressed that we know what fishing boat the fish we serve are caught by and where the potatoes we use come from.  We have asked them to draw us a picture of fish and chips on a plate, so we are looking forward to seeing their art!”
Shap Chippy closed down last September but was re-opened in April by Jo Hampson and Georgina Perkins.

 

 

 

Just one of those nights…

… huge apologies to those who had a delay.  Once again a third of our frying capacity went out of commission.  The engineers from Hopkins have been out three times now to pan 3 and still it lets us down.  I have asked them to fix it and then stay for a busy shift…

Added to this a member of staff injured himself out the back… None of which helps customers who had to wait.  My heartfelt apologies.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to tonight’s team, thank you to our tradesmen and craftsmen (thank you Sandy Carr for sorting our hot water today) who have kept us on the straight and narrow, thank you to all of you who came and had fish, chips, mushy peas and even onion rings with us!  We are open to all feedback and suggestions – we’re not quite up to speed with every thing yet – bags too small, till not doing what I think ot should… but most people seemed to think the food was top quality – thank you for coming back to tell us!

We’ll be open Wednesday and Thursday 4.30 pm – 8 pm and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all being well we will open at lunchtime too.

Today in pictures… I’m too tired for words!

Mandy, more last minute cleaning!

Mandy, more last minute cleaning!

Jo, preparing the fish

Jo, preparing the fish

Gwynn, a member of the Frying Squad

Gwynn, a member of the Frying Squad

Jo and Mandy, spudding

Jo and Mandy, spudding

Proud of the menu!

Proud of the menu!

 

We know what we're doing!

We know what we’re doing!

 

Our first customers - the Joneses!

Our first customers – the Joneses!

 

Our first restaurant customers

Our first restaurant customers

 

Top team - or crazy gang!

Top team – or crazy gang!

 

We did it!

We did it!

 

 

 

Nearly there!

You will have seen a lot of activity over the last two days… Simon Bentley & Steve Benson are putting the finishing touches to the electrics having been project managing and sourcing friends and family and other tradesmen to help out… Sandy Carr has been in charge of gas and plumbing – helped as soon as he can everytime, likewise Dave Law the joiner.  Kevin and his son Kim have been doing all the internal and external decorating and Marke Tooke and his team have been replacing the wreck of a roof.  Capsticks have been great with the flooring – as flexible as any roll of lino.  Thanks to you all… we’re in the home straight now.

But back to the intense activity… the range is now in, and as I write this it is heating up for the first time.  Just with water to start with to make sure it is leakproof, clean and working properly.

It looks a lot like the Starship Enterprise….  within a couple of weeks (after a LOT of cleaning) we will have take-off!

Chip shop in a van!

Chip shop in a van!

Is this where it goes then?

Is this where it goes then?

Frying in the street?

Frying in the street?

Getting there

Getting there

Testing the strength

Testing the strength

Capsticks taking a break

Capsticks taking a break

Oooo!!

Oooo!!