Power cuts and new signs

Shap Chippy Signposted from J39 M6

Shap Chippy Signposted from J39 M6

Total Warrior was a challenge – especially when the electricity went off at 7.15 pm with a huge queue of hungry warriors at the door!  Our team came up trumps, Gwyn explaining to the National Grid that we were a village of 1,000, with 10,000 visitors and 5 businesses trying to feed them…. the changed there estimate for the power outage from 3 hours to 30 minutes… phew!  In the meantime Petra made pickled egg mayonnaise sandwiches for those who were really hungry. Hmmm….!  With the power back on we enjoyed feeding more people than we usually do over a whole weekend… great fun – no pictures, I’m afraid, we were too busy!

Pictures of our new sign, though!

We now have a sign pointing the way to Shap Chippy for people coming off the M6 at junction 39 (J39).  I had to sign a lease for it with Lonsdale Settled Estates.  Some curious clauses in the lease – not to have riotous parties or some such… It’s a nice spot, but probably not my first choice for a bit of a do.

We also have a pavement sign and some professional window signs – opening hours, open/closed sign etc.  Apart from looking much better we no longer have to rely on blu tac that a) leaves a horrible mess and b) has been melting and leaving our signs dragging sadly towards the floor.


Roadside furniture - mine's legal and paid for!

Roadside furniture – mine’s legal and paid for!



English spuds…

Proof that we make chips from English potatoes… and evidence suggesting that Jo has been working too hard over the past week.  Team members off on hols and on sick… and extra visitors from Kendal Calling, the Penrith Show and Total Warrior!

Asleep on the spuds

It was a long day!

She’ll be wide awake for Lowther weekend!

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.

Fried haggis for Sir Andy Murray

Perhaps he will pop in on his way to Dunblane… although it may not be on his approved diet…

Shap Chippy honours Andy Murray with haggis and chips

Shap Chippy honours Andy Murray with haggis and chips

Banana Fritters…

Too good not to try! Shap Chippy Banana Fritters, crisp and golden served with golden syrup and ice cream.  Also available with chocolate sauce…

Shap Chippy Banana Fritters

Shap Chippy Banana Fritters

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!


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