Monthly Archives: June 2013

Hopkins to the rescue!

 

A few broken bits and the fixer from Hopkins

A few broken bits and the fixer from Hopkins

As good as his word, Andy McColl who sold us our Hopkins frying range came over from Leeds on Saturday (with small daughter in tow!) bearing various digital parts and a couple of screwdrivers.  And hope in his heart! After we fed Andy and his daughter he set to, replacing buttons, display and finally the circuit board.

Once again we are, as we they say, cooking on gas!

Waiting time back to normal for the busy Saturday session with lots of happy diners enjoying our new treat – banana fritters with ice cream and syrup or chocolate sauce.  I regret to say I have not had a chance to try them yet…

 

Oh no…!

Just as we were getting confident that we can manage chip shop rush hour, one of our pans broke!

Sorry to those who had to wait longer than usual last night – we lost a third of our frying capacity at about 5.30 pm… which on a Friday night is really bad news.  Also disappointing in that the kit cost a lot more than a better car than I am ever likely to drive, and it is only a few months old!

Engineers apparently only come out Monday to Friday but the salesman from Hopkins – who was good enough to pick up the phone from me on a Friday evening (when he must have known I wouldn’t have just been phoning for a chat!) – is going to come by today with a new part…  fingers crossed.

Pie is now on the menu as well as some rather nice chicken fillet!

Top marks from the Environmental Health Officer!

Yippee!

5 stars from the council in the national food hygiene "scores on the doors" scheme

5 stars from the council in the national food hygiene “scores on the doors” scheme

Getting smoky…

Time for some picture updates! I’m not sure how I found time to blog so much when we first opened… maybe I was just buzzing!

A Smoky Jo - our very own smoked sausage makes its debut

A Smoky Jo – our very own smoked sausage makes its debut

All welcome at Shap Chippy!

All welcome at Shap Chippy – even rabbits

 

Jo and Becca study my food safety policy book

Jo and Becca study my food safety policy book. What’s so funny?

Age Concern were the first group to bring a party for lunch

Age Concern were the first group to bring a party for lunch

First order of a fish butty!

First order of a fish butty!

 

I am still buzzing with enthusiasm, of course, but less buzzy and more busy with the paperwork.  The environmental health officer visited last week and liked what she saw but she now has our food safety policy and assorted paperwork to go through before we get our food safety “score on the door”.  Fingers crossed!

We have also added smoked halloumi cheese fritters to our menu and (for eat-in only) banana fritters with syrup and ice cream…