Legendary fish and chip shop Harry Ramsden’s is coming to Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council has given approval for a new Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant – which is set to create 10 jobs – at the Spindlegate site at Leeds Road.
Spindlegate is already home to Costa Coffee, the Yorkshire Rose pub-restaurant and a 62-bedroom Travelodge.
The application was submitted by Coda Planning, the specialist planning division of Sheffield-based architecture and design business Coda Studios, in conjunction with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Harry Ramsden’s will occupy an existing unit on the ground floor of the Travelodge building. It will include a 50-seater restaurant and a takeaway area. Work to fit-out the premises is set to begin in March.
The application for change of use of the unit was submitted in September last year and approved in early December.
“We have been consulting closely with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust on a number of projects throughout the north aimed specifically at bringing new life to areas affected by the decline of the mining industry,” said Coda Planning director Adam Murray.
Harry Ramsden’s has been serving up fish and chips for more than 75 years and now has 26 outlets across the UK, including ones at Salford Quays, the Trafford Centre, Meadowhall, Blackpool, Scarborough and Manchester and Sheffield city centres.
During 2014, the Harry Ramsden’s restaurant in Bournemouth was named Restaurant of the Year while the firm spent almost £2m giving several of its seaside shops a makeover. It also opened two new franchises in Worthing, Sussex and Larbert, Scotland and is set to open in Qatar this year with a further four overseas outlets to follow.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is a registered charity that works across the former coalfield communities of England, Wales and Scotland. It was founded in 1999 with the aim of championing coalfield communities, generating resources to respond to their needs and deliver programmes that make a positive and lasting difference.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which has previously made donations to support community groups in the Huddersfield area, receives funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government for its work in English communities.
The business began in 1928
Founder Harry Ramsden’s began serving from a small striped wooden hut beside a tram stop in Guiseley, West Yorkshire.
Within three years, he opened a sit-down fish and chip “palace” on the same site.
It boasted oak panelling and grand chandeliers modelled on those of London’s Ritz Hotel.
The restaurant served a world record 10,000 portions of haddock and chips in a single day in 1952 to celebrate its 21st anniversary.