During David’s ownership, he says very little has changed structurally, although the decor, the menu and standards have advanced in that time.
“It’s basically the same shop as the one we bought, the range is still in the same place, but we’ve updated it and modernised it over the years,” he says.
“The standards are so much better than they were 40 years ago. Having said that, we were ahead of our time even back then. We had an electric range with controllers on by 1987, I think the first range with controllers was only introduced in 1980. That’s why we came second in the 1980 Fish & Chip Awards, because we were way ahead of everyone else, and we’ve maintained that.
“We’ve got a £60,000 Kiremko range from KFE that has all the latest technology, including touchscreen controls, so we’ve kept up standards over the years.”
David says he is proud of the business he has created, even if it is harder to run now, with labour costs and food costs increasing.
“Fish and chips were measured in pence those days, not pounds and yet we made so much more money!” he says.
“Obviously, the last two years have been a big shock, but we’ve adapted, we’ve embraced click and collect and click and delivery and we have a very good business.”