A FISH and chip shop has re-opened its doors under new ownership and management following a £50,000 refurbishment.
And Tony Wells, general manager of the Lindley Fish Bar on West Street, Lindley, is making it a double celebration after securing the highest possible score in the Food Standards Agency national Food Hygiene Rating.
The premises, formerly known as West Street Fisheries, has served fish and chips for more than 70 years after being relocated in the 1950s to make room for a nearby housing development.
Tony first trained as a master baker working in family bakeries and food sales for a decade before moving into senior positions in the automotive industry.
He said: “The business was bought by my wife Isabel in January after we spent three years transforming Westgate Fish Bar in Westgate, Elland.
“I have project managed the refurbishment over three months and the only thing remaining from the previous owners is the frying range which has been fully refurbished. The rest of the premises is unrecognisable from its former days.”
The refurbishment programme has involved removing walls to double the size of the customer serving area, new windows and the installation of food preparation facilities at the back of the premises with top-of-the-range stainless steel refrigeration and freezers.
“A patio area has been created at the front to accommodate outside dining in the summer and a breakfast bar will be added to facilitate inside dining.
A team of five is now employed for food preparation, frying and counter service, including former Huddersfield College catering manager Neville Cawley as senior fryer.
“It’s been a huge project but we wanted the very best environment, premises and staff to serve the food we take so much pride in making,” said Tony, who is National Federation of Fish Fryers trained.
“The response has been incredible. People feel they’ve got their fish shop back and we owe it to the locals to make it the best, traditional fish and chip shop experience they’ve had.”