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There are some rubbish fish and chip shops about.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:17 am    Post subject: There are some rubbish fish and chip shops about.  Reply with quote

Do you have a good one locally ? All the ones that we have fall well short.

What would you or could you do with a chip shop that would make it suitable for the title of food hero ? Have you got any ideas ?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember the chippies in suburban West Midlands where I grew up were excellent!  But there are a poor selection round us in East Yorks, and even as you get towards the coast they don't seem too great. Some excellent ones in Whutby, Bridlington etc-the seaside resorts-but also some terrible ones!!
Our best is quite a drive away in a place called Thompson's in Wetwang-sure it has just changed name but not owners-people travel miles to go there!!   House we nearly bought before this place was in the next village-was a distinct selling point to have a decent takeaway in a rural area!!

Ah-ha-have just answered a quesiont that has baffled me for a long time while searching for a link!!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...son-puts-village-Wetwang-map.html
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our local chippy is for sale but it has been steadily on the decline. We are in a holiday area and out of season it only opens for just two and a half hours twice a week. It opens at five thirty and is closed for eight, hardly a business really. Even then, the owner tends to employ moron youngsters to open for them. Its like watching paint dry and they really don't know what they are doing. Its all popty ding, which to you none locals means the micro wave.
The fish and chips are so poor that what few locals do live in the area don't even support them and i can't say that I blame them either.

I'd start off with proper chips from localy sourced potatoes and I'd also let the customer know about their provenenance.

We live by the sea and yet the fish is shipped in from god knows where ready frozen. Its usually grey and unpleasant tasting. Again I'd try and use local produce and offer far more variety, again with a bit of spiel so that the punters knew what they were eating and from where.
I saw an article where a special batter had been created that would actually stick to trout fillets, so trout and chips would be something to consider along with lots of other different sorts of fish.
Above all, the food would have  to be well cooked and fantastic tasting.

Mushy peas ? These would have to be proper too and not the flourescant muck that proport to be mushy peas that you find in many fish shops.

Pies ? What an opportunity! When I was a lad our local chippy made its own pies. They were terrific, my how I wish I could have one now. Instead, all you get these days is bland fibreless rubbish.

I can see two major problems facing any budding fish and chip shop hero and thats first of all sourcing the ingredients at the right price and then secondly reconditioning the punters to accept tasty food again.

There's plenty of scope for  somebody.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:


Its a challenge for somebody.


Not at the price he was wanting for our local one. Used to be good chips there till it went quiet & dont even get me started on the Nefyn one  oh.gif

Portion sizes are terrible too. We often have a few chips in town but the price for what I would call less than half a portion is day light robbery.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, but would say that the food is so poor that you don't want big portions.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL.

The ones in town all changed the oil type / make they were using about a year ago. Its pants.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a chippy in a village close to us that is "Simply the Best"

Ruby's in Whitwick is an icon in our area, huge portions, with two sizes of fish....small (read big, just fits on your plate) and large (read huge, either end flops over your plate) The chips are always good and the same applies to the chip portions as to the fish.

I don't get fish and chips often, but whenever you go to Ruby's there is a great long queue, often out into the street. I would rate this place as a fish and chip food hero establishment.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which one of these is your Ruby's ?

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl...7s+fish+and+chip+shop&spell=1
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one Bodger  

http://www.everymenu.co.uk/coalvi...hips/rubys_fish_chip_shop-324.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is one worth visiting in Letterson  in Pembrokeshire. In the middle of nowhere really but because of the quality people travel miles to go there.
Making a mint.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It just goes to show that people have to eat and that good food sells.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Bodger  he has a gun in a keepered  pheasant shoot.
http://www.somethingcooking.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good food then If he was a real food hero he'd have pheasant pies on sale
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How good a fish and chip shop is depends totally on the fryer - the person actually doing the cooking.

Oldest girl used to work in a chippy to see her through college and used to sigh when one woman was frying because it was just going to be busy, queues out of the door. Peggy was good and people came.

It's simple really but it seems that frying fish and chips is not at all simple.  
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it also depends on the oil used too christine..............our old local chippy owner used to have ques from breakfast thru to closing time, he put the place on the market and worked along side the new owner for a few weeks to show him the ropes. The new owner had never fried before till now.
The old owner always used groundnut oil, and hes chips and fish even with the new novice owner came out faultless.
as soon as the old owner left the new owner to get on with it himself, the ques started disapearing, it came to light that the new owner had decide that using cheap other oil would save him money,    needless to say a couple of years down the line and he sold up and went,

Our best chippy round here is Hennigans in Machynlleth, about 12 miles down the road. And must admit, havent even been there for a good year
 its won a few awards, like runner up for best chippy in wales, and it  was in the top 50 for the uk,



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