National Federation of Fish Friers set us on the right track… and gas connections prove a challenge

Jo has her chips

Jo has her chips

Well, after three days of intensive frying training at the hands of various experts from the industry, we have both now produced pretty good fish, chips and mushy peas!

The NFFF runs various course to ensure our national dish is produced professionally.  Although there is bound to be competition between chips shops really close together, the Federation – and the members we have met – believe in working together to keep standards as high as possible across the board so fish and chips stays as one of those “must have” meals – whether it’s once a year, once a week or somewhere in between.  We have enjoyed cod and chips three times in three days…

George tucking in to hers! 
George tucking in to hers!

We had great tutors on the course – three recent winners of the Young Frier of the Year – and three who would have been too old for such a title about 40 years ago! In the picture Raf is sharing his knowledge and enthusiam with Jo.

Back to harsh reality, since we bought the building I have been trying to get the gas reconnected but it is proving immensely challenging and I have been passed from pillar to post and remain unconvinced that British Gas have found their way clear to pointing me in the right direction.
Learning from an expert

Learning from an expert

Fish, chips and mushy peas!

Fish, chips and mushy peas!

 

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!