Settling in…

Google has chosen this page as a landing page for opening times… which are: Tuesday – Saturday: Noon – 1.30 pm and 4.30 – 8.00 pm   Sunday: 4.30 – 8.00 pm. They are also on the front page of our website!

I think we are getting there; more staff are becoming more expert in more areas so in due course we will have more options for those really busy times when the organised chaos can fleetingly seem disorganised…

Our opening hours are now settled – at least for the summer. (By which I mean until mid-September, not necessarily anything to do with the weather.) They are on the front page of the website and the shop window – basically lunctimes and evenings Tuesday – Saturday and evening Sunday.  (We will also open on bank holiday Monday evenings then close on the following Tuesday.)

Thank you for our cards!

Thank you for our cards!

We have taken down our good luck/congratulations and thank you cards – thank you to so many of you for wishing us well.  And thank you to the coast to coast-ers who sent such a nice card after Jo dropped you off at the Shap Wells – why would you expect it to be five miles further on? So unfair!  The cards were on the top of the drinks fridge, which is now shiny clean.  We only have one staff member who can see up there, so Rosie – in future that’s your job, please! We are wondering what to put on the white wall – we were thinking about a cartoon-style map of the area, or of the coast to coast route – any suggestions? We will also put up boards with fish and chip facts – where the fish we use are caught (Marine Stewardship Council approved waters), the fact that potatoes went up by 25% a week after we opened… (yes really, though they seem to have gone back down a little now).

Amazing moon view driving home after frying

Amazing moon view driving home after frying



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!