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Omega island range improves turnover for Park Road Fisheries

Steve Hartley and his wife Margaret bought their first fish shop 18 years ago near Leeds. Just two a half years later they sold it to buy Park Road Fisheries located in Bingley, West Yorkshire, where they have worked alongside each other ever since. A traditional shop with a limited menu, 85% of its business is fish and chips along with the usual sausages, pies, scampi and chicken nuggets. Over the last few years, new additions have made it onto the menu including mozzarella sticks, halloumi, squid and various chicken products. With the business growing and the maintenance costs of their nine-year-old range forever rising, Steve decided two years ago an upgrade was needed.

“We decided to go with MEFF after researching their product and visiting the site. We were very impressed with their product and quality of build,” he said. “We have a high turnover shop and needed a range which could respond to our needs.” The solution was a four pan Omega island range with a central chip box, built-in scrap box, two heated cabinets and built-in filtration. Even though it’s now two years old, Steve says the range looks as good and performs as well as it did when it was brand new with no maintenance costs incurred so far. “The performance is as I imagined,” he adds. “It’s a high efficiency range that comes up to temperature very quickly. This has enabled us to provide a high quality product at high volumes,

which goes to say has improved the efficiency and turnover of the business.” Describing ME-FF as a pleasure to work with, Steve said it was a smooth informative process from the initial site visit to installation, adding: “As old hands we only needed a few hours training and were back up and running after two and a half days.

The range was very easy to adapt to.” ME-FF 01642 489868

Simpsons serves up tasty tapas style fish and chips menu A Gloucestershire fish and chip shop is giving its menu a Spanish twist by offering a tapas-style experience. Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham is offering 11 different small plates that include cod goujons, battered squid, whitebait or scampi, prawns, halloumi and a Thai fishcake. Vegans are also included with the option of a vegan sausage, jackfruit wings, minted pea fritter and frickles.

peppered gravy smothered with melted cheese. Diners can choose three small plates for £15 or five for £20. For those craving a sweet finish there’s a choice of two desserts: battered pineapple ring served with chocolate and coconut ice cream or churros with a dusting of cinnamon and salted caramel ice cream. Owner Bonny Ritchie said: “We’ve been working on this new menu for a while and we’ve had a lot of fun doing it. Everyone has got involved and we love the variety that it brings. The small plates are perfect for sharing and who doesn’t love eating great tasting food with friends and family?”

The menu also features four variations of battered chips, including Keleigh’s Posh Truffled Chips, an invention of long-serving manager Keleigh Green, which are served with truffle oil, parmesan and parsley, and The Northener featuring lashings of



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