chip shop advise

Discussion in 'Scotland' started by kaz86, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. kaz86

    kaz86 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I have owned my kebab shop for just over 2 years know. From day one i wanted to change it to a fish and chip shop. i have no experince in fish and chipshops. but the location am in is perfect for a good old traditional chippy.

    i need some advise,
    • best chippy supplier
    • where can i get fresh fish delivered from.
    • whats the best fats to use
    • best batter mix to use.
    • potatoe process
    these are the only concerns i have.
    i do have over 10 years experience in the fast food industry, but no chipshop experience.

    any help would be appricated.

    thanks kaz
     
    Posted: Oct 13, 2014 By: kaz86 Member since: Oct 13, 2014
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  2. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Not sure that a chippy supplier will give you their trade secrets.

    Finding suppliers is one thing, knowing how to run a good fish and chip shop is another requirement altogether.

    You should gain some experience first before opening up and doing things wrong and losing customers.

    With a food business, once you lose customers it's near impossible to get them back.

    Best of luck.
     
    Posted: Oct 13, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  3. D11FYY

    D11FYY UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Kaz,
    I don't have any experience in Chip Shop food either but from being around the food industry in the last 5 years I can tell you what I've noticed.

    1) P&D Potatoes Blochairn fruit market supply alot of sacks of Potatoe's around Scotland
    2) Failte foods supply loads of stuff from Black Puddings to condiments.
    3) The Fish Market in Blochairn also has many contacts it will just be the phase of trialing and error until you find a good quality and standard per £/kilo.

    I also strongly recommend phoning up Failte because they will keep you right.

    Also shop around my Dad has a hot food takeaway and saves £500+ p/a alone just by getting tuna from Costco instead of Booker. Bit cliche but for a 5 minute drive once a week it pays itself.

    And about the battering proccess I know its a long shot but you could approach a chip shop boldly and ask outright or could hire some workers who has previous experience.

    Wishing you well
    Paul
     
    Posted: Jan 7, 2015 By: D11FYY Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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  4. Dennis Taylor

    Dennis Taylor UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I worked in a chip shop for 2 years whilst at colleague, my only tip would be to source the best maris pipers around.

    All the best,
    Dennis
     
    Posted: Feb 26, 2015 By: Dennis Taylor Member since: Jan 27, 2015
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  5. cjd

    cjd UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Posted: Feb 26, 2015 By: cjd Member since: Nov 23, 2005
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  6. beasty

    beasty , Full Member - Verified Business

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    Posted: Mar 1, 2015 By: beasty Member since: Feb 4, 2013
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  7. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Well, it's been a while, decades in fact, since I worked in a chippy, but potatoes I think has been answered, fish - local, so it all depends on where you are!

    Batter - try them out and see. We used to make our own, with added herbs and salt.

    Fat - I've forgotten!

    Process - three times! 1st for basic cooking, which you do in the morning. 2nd to create a crust. Third at massive heat, just before serving.
     
    Posted: Mar 18, 2015 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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  8. damian1

    damian1 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Try the chippychat forum.




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    Posted: Mar 18, 2015 By: damian1 Member since: Oct 8, 2014
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  9. Graham Curtis

    Graham Curtis UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I believe many of the big fish and chip shops swear by beef fat.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2015 By: Graham Curtis Member since: Apr 23, 2015
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  10. Pish_Pash

    Pish_Pash UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Not wanting to be rude, but you asked the following...

    • best chippy supplier
    • where can i get fresh fish delivered from.
    • whats the best fats to use
    • best batter mix to use.
    • potatoe process
    ....that's pretty much everything to do with making fish & chips...worse still you're asking a generic business forum. My best advice, would be to ask on the right forum (there must be some niche forum), but also to try & get some experience working in a traditional chippy before taking the bold move away from what you;re doing now.

    One observation...whenever I heard back north into what I'd deem traditional chippy territory, they have nearly all diversified...kebabs, pizzas etc etc, so I don't think following a traditional chippy model is the way to go nowadays.
     
    Posted: May 3, 2015 By: Pish_Pash Member since: Feb 1, 2013
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  11. Max Cholmeley

    Max Cholmeley UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Seconded - have you tried chippychat?
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2017 By: Max Cholmeley Member since: Sep 5, 2017
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