Slowly we are building up to a full chip shop menu… we have finally got our “pie-well” a metal tray that holds a bit of water in one of the hot top-boxes, to ensure pies, sausages etc don’t dry out. Next week we should have pie on the menu.
We have also started doing chicken nuggets – battered, of course! – spam fritters and especially for vegetarians, halloumi cheese fritters. This is something we thought of doing when we first started talking about what we can offer people who do not want fish or meat. Gwynn is working on various recipes of her own when she gets a spare 15 minutes (we don’t give her much time off…)
Halloumi fritters and curry sauce…. has to be tried to be believed!
Little by little we’re getting there! Two new prints on the wall. We found them on the artists trail in Levens – they are so bright and colourful we thought they would add a warmth to the seating area. They are by Libby Edmondson.
The Wall by Libby Edmondson
When Jo was out a few weeks ago wearing her “Wierd Fish” top and discussing the fish and chip shop… she was asked if “Wierd Fish” was the name of the new venture! There’s a thought…
… no, we’re not trying to put chip-eaters on diets but we have had a lack of consistency in portion sizes – sorry. This should now be sorted. It was all to do with how many chips we could get on a scoop. This has now changed to making sure that regular chips is a goodly portion and large chips is too many for most!
This coming week we will be CLOSED on Tuesday after the bank holiday weekend, then open Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 1.30 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm; we will then close Sunday and Monday.
On a previous post I put a pic from the day before we opened with Rory Stewart and Tom Lowther… Yesterday, voting day, Neil Hughes came to the Chippy (fish, pickled onion, pickled egg).
Can we read anything in to this? Avoid being photographed in Shap Chippy?
Eat at Shap Chippy and get elected?! May be it’s just the electorate – well done Neil.
All the signs are up now – I particularly like the window graphics – I’m still getting used to the boards. They may look better if we hadn’t been encouraged to go for cream on the stone work!
We have added sausages to our menu this week – jumbo, small, battered and Nick Bellas’ Cumberland wheel. I’ve just cooked a whole load that I hope will see us through the bank holiday. But I may have one for my tea…
Shap Chippy finds its identity
Cumberland Sausages from Bellas
“What no chips?!” fish and onion rings on a plate
The Sign Man from Kendal
There are a few more bits and pieces to go up, and we have pictures to go up inside, but we’re nearly there!
We’ve had a couple of days to regroup, catch up (well nearly) on the paperwork and now we’re ready to go again. This week we intend opening Tuesday – Saturday noon – 1.30 pm and 5 – 8 pm; and Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 5 pm – 8 pm. We will then be closed next Tuesday 7th May.
We are gradually adding things to the menu – we will be trying out fish cakes this week, adding them to the battered sausages from last week and we have some terrific Cumberland wheels in again from Bellas.
By the way, the very first person to buy a battered sausage last week – I owe you! Sorry, I confused price and size. (I will remember you!)
Thank you to those of you have written so many kind comments on this blog – and various other facebooky, tweety-type places.
THANK YOU to everyone who waited so patiently. I know we’ve been waiting since September for fish and chips in the village but I am sorry to those who had such a long wait today – I don’t suppose you expected to revisit autumn and winter… sun, hail, snow while you were waiting … crazy weather! Made it very hard to see out of my car when I finally got to drive home. So sorry there was a delay – we knew Friday would be busy- but wow!
The biggest sorry is that we are now NOT going to be open this Sunday. We had to put our order in for supplies after our first night – which we thought was busy – what did we know?! We now have to keep our fingers crossed that we won’t run out of batter flour… or fish… or boxes… For those of you that visited on the first couple of nights we DO now have lots of bags that are big enough for the boxes – a big improvement!
Please, if you know anyone who was planning fish and chips on Sunday do let them know we won’t be frying this Sunday.
Right, the uniforms have finished washing…
Day 3 welcome and menu
Please keep your comments coming in – we are adjusting portion sizes, consistency of curry, gravy and peas according to feedback so please keep talking – and we’ll keep doing our best!
I never knew there were so many fish and chip eaters in the area! Word is obviously out! Sorry to those who had a bit of a wait – I hope it was worth it.
We will be expanding our menu to include the traditional battered sausage etc – but we just want to get the fish, chips and mushy peas right to start with. I have made double (again!) the peas for tonight and Jo is getting on with the spuds and fish even as I type.
Too tired to blog last night!
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!
Jo, preparing the fish
Gwynn, a member of the Frying Squad
Jo and Mandy, spudding
Proud of the menu!
We know what we’re doing!
Our first customers – the Joneses!
Our first restaurant customers
Top team – or crazy gang!
We did it!