Newspaper, hallo, oh no and thank you


White tile and blue grout

A bit of tiling

A bit of blue flooring

A bit of flooring

The newspaper on thewindows is to a)hide the mess and b) keep the slightly new look a secret – so NO, Ian, we will not cut a small hole so you can look through and see what is going on!But here’s a sneaky preview…




Hallo to the lady who introduced herself in the Post Office last week and of course to all the other people who stop us in Shap on a regular basis demanding to know when they can expect fish and chips – it’s great to hear the enthusiasm – we’re doing our best!

Lousy roof, rotten timber

Lousy roof, rotten timber

Damp, trying to dry in wintry weather

Damp, trying to dry in wintry weather

However… here’s the sort of thing we’re up against… a corner of the roof where the tiles are gone and the timber is rotten – and the bottom right, solid gunk, is supposed to be the drainpipe… and then there’s the inside, that just isn’t getting dry enough to treat and decorate.  But we’re are making progress – honest!


Pictures as we start the work

Project Management…

A building project such as is required at the Chippy is a new challenge for us… thank goodness for the help of the local electricians, plumbers and decorators!
I won’t detail the issues encountered in this first week so far, but I may well be grey by the time we open! On the plus side we have a lovely wood burning stove, great lighting, heating upstairs… but still no gas supply downstairs, no scaffolding for the roofing, no key for the double glazed windows and no new lock for the front door.
We have however got our certificates to say we have learned to fry fish and chips.
Photos to follow…

We’re in!

We’re in! 4 pm Tuesday 26th February we are finally the proud owners of Cleveland House, Shap, CA10 3JS, Once and future home of Shap Chippy…

Next stop scaffolding and a new roof…  Exciting times!