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The hard working girls from Hot To Trot School Of Equitation were delighted to have a lovely treat from The Chip Inn whilst taking a welcome break after a morning helping youngsters with their Gymkhana fun day.

 

We now fry ‘Gluten Free Fish & Chips’ alongside our normal menu every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm.

 

We are proud to be using only 100% sustainable Cod here at The Chip Inn

 

The Chip Inn has the highest grade of ‘5’ in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme as awarded by South Norfolk District Council, we are extremely proud of the standards that we maintain throughout our premises at all times.

History

The history behind ‘The Chip Inn’ spans three generations and nearly fifty years of seasoned experience in producing top quality fish and chips. The story begins back in April, 1966 in Norwich when Mr Earnest Frank Austin purchased a fish and chip shop known as ‘Chish and Fips’ on Angel Road, (It is still there today) This is where both father and sons (Chris and younger brother Paul) learnt their skills.

 

In 1971 Earnest and eldest son Chris, then just nineteen years old had an opportunity to take over a seven year lease on the ‘Manor Fish Bar’ in Long Stratton from the Manor Garage owner Mr Ronnie Folkard. Consequently, ‘Chish and Fips’ was sold to a Mr Glynn Charles who offered a continued position to Paul as head fryer.

From 1971 - 1978 Earnest and Chris ran the Manor Fish Bar with immense success, word soon got round that this was THE place to go for great Fish and Chips.

 

(Interestingly, the Manor Fish Bar was part of the Manor Garage building – something that would prove to be difficult to get planning for these days in our safety conscious world! – now neither the Manor Garage or the Manor Fish Bar remain as both were demolished to make way for the Co-op Solar Supermarket).

 

Whilst still running the Manor Fish Bar Earnest and Chris were looking for alternative larger premises aware of the time limit posed by the lease on the existing premises. They wished to stay in Long Stratton to continue to serve their loyal customers, gratefully the ‘Pop Inn’ transport cafe came up for sale in 1978 and the problem was solved. The pair worked all their spare time to convert the new premises themselves, this was to become The Chip Inn, as the lease expired on the Manor Fish Bar, they were able to step straight up to the mark and open the doors of the brand new fish and chip shop.

 

By 1980 it was clear that Earnest would not be able to carry on working due to ill health so younger brother Paul took the opportunity to go into partnership with Chris at The Chip Inn.

 

Disaster struck one Saturday in 1985 when the premises caught fire due to residue igniting in a ventilation duct. The swift action from the staff and the Long Stratton fire crew which were based just round the corner saved the property from further damage, indeed, there was little other, than that from the smoke – rumour has it that Chris was insistent that the till was evacuated along with staff and customers! Within a fortnight the shop was open again for business much to the delight of the staff and customers.

 

The brothers introduced a fresh fish shop within the premises which ran successfully from 1985 until 1995, it was then decided to introduce a restaurant serving the fish and chips cooked on site, offering customers an opportunity to make an occasion of their favourite meal. This has continued a very popular idea and most recently the restaurant has had a complete renovation it now features a fashionable modern interior providing a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

 

Today, there are nineteen staff working at The Chip Inn that is still run by Chris, Paul and Paul’s son, Jamie - who is taking an increasing active role in the day to day running of the business.

Take Away Opening Times:

Monday

Closed

Tuesday

11.45am – 2pm

4.30pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday

11.45am – 2pm

4.30pm – 9.00pm

Thursday

11.45am – 2pm

4.30pm – 9.30pm

Friday

11.30am

through to 10pm

Saturday

11.30am

through to 10pm

Sunday

Closed

Restaurant Opening Times:

Monday

Closed

Tuesday

11.45am -1.45pm and closed in the evening

Wednesday

11.45am – 1.45pm and 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday

11.45am – 1.45pm and 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday

11.30am – through to 9pm

Saturday

11.30am – through to 9pm

Sunday

Closed

Please note, Restaurant times are from opening time to last order times.

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