Monthly Archives: January 2013


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…


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!