What’s cooking 2013…

Today we went to Harrogate for “What’s Cooking 2013” – a trade event run by Henry Colbeck’s – suppliers to fish and chip shops, est. 1893.  We met the Chairman and his affable and helpful attitude seems to cascade through the company – and, it seems, through the industry.

We are now back in Shap and rather full of deep fried foods!  Lots of samples – some delicious (scampi, hake) some less so.  Lots of people telling us what sort of batter, oil, potatoes etc to use.  We took the opportunity to learn about sustainable fish supplies and the work of the Marine Stewardship Council.  We met people that we have been speaking to overthe past few weeks from the National Federation of Fish Friers and we tested coffee machines.  We probably won’t have a coffee machine, but boy, did we need coffee!

The most important thing for us was talking about ranges – the frying machine itself.  Three manufacturers were there, we have already spoken to others who weren’t and we are absolutely bamboozled by all the information.  But we are learning, and the more we learn the better position we are in to ask the right questions.  And once we know what questions to ask we can start getting the information to make the right decisions!

We also have our first stock items: two boxes of wooden chip forks courtesy of the lovely man from Atlantika fish!  It’s beginning to feel real…

Wooden chip forks - our first stock item!

Wooden chip forks – our first stock item!

 

 

So close…

Just heard from the solicitor we MIGHT exchange contracts in the next fortnight… SO exciting! So much to do…

Suggestions…

While we are still waiting for the paperwork to be done before we can get started, we are not being idle.  Apart from getting quotes for the major works – like making it waterproof – we are thinking about all the little details.  Fortunately we have lots of people whow absolutely KNOW the secret to the best fish and chip shop…  Here are some of their ideas:

Bellas (our local butcher) pies – YES!

Bring your own bottle? – PROBABLY

Chips with cheese and gravy – OK…

Breadcrumbed fish – MAYBE

Actually what we want to do is make sure we get the basics right – so keep the ideas coming but what we’re aiming for is great fish and chips and mushy peas…

…and BEING OPEN WHEN WE SAY WE’RE GOING TO BE!

We also want to give excellent service – some people have already spoken to us about jobs; of course we’re not in a position to offer work at the moment but there will be opportunities for people prepared to work hard and keep smiling.  Initially it would just be on a casual basis until we know how busy we are going to be.

Shap Chippy Sign

Shap Chippy Sign – looking forward to seeing it lit up again!

Here is the news…

As it has not been possible to get fish and chips in Shap for some months now, and it will be a few more before you can again, I thought I would entertain myself – and anyone else who may interested – with a record of what has been going on behind the scenes… and what is still to happen.

It has taken me considerably longer than I had hoped to get this blog up and running – and it still doesn’t look how I want it to look, but it will!

“We” have been interested in the business since it was on the market 5 or 6 years ago…

The building is now sold to us subject to contract… – i.e. solicitors and accountants dotting T’s and crossing I’s…

The roof needs replacing and it has no floor and in between these two problems are many others, not least the fact that there is no fish and chip frying equipment!

HOWEVER! We have a book about running a chip shop and we have two gurus who will make sure we master the art of creating perfect fish, chips and mushy peas… and we have huge enthusiasm… and an incredible number of people already telling us EXACTLY what to do to keep all the cutomers happy.

Keep the ideas coming!

The interior of Shap Chippy January 2013

The interior of Shap Chippy January 2013. And the roof is worse!