Albert Dock announces the opening of a new fish and chip shopBy Alan Humpheries
That most classic of British traditions - the fish and chip shop - has now found a new home at Albert Dock, Liverpool’s most visited free tourist destination. Simply called, Docklands Fish & Chips, this new arrival serves up the finest of takeaway cuisine, and will no doubt become a firm favourite with the millions of tourists who visit the Dock every year.
The opening of Docklands Fish & Chips has been four years in the making, and for its proud owner, Tony Kay, it is a dream finally come true. A man who knows only too well what goes into making quality fish and chips, Tony runs a handful of successful “chippies” across the Merseyside area. But it’s his new Dock venture, located on The Colonnades, close to Tate Liverpool, which gets him excited.
Owner of Docklands Fish & Chips, Tony Kay, said: “It has been a big ambition of mine for many years to open a fish and chip shop at Albert Dock. The Dock is an iconic global landmark attracting tourists from all over the world, with some of the most amazing views you will find anywhere. Who wouldn’t want to set up shop here?
“We can offer Dock visitors the chance to enjoy quality fish and chips outside as they stroll around the quayside, at great value for money. There has never been a fish and chip shop at Albert Dock throughout its 25-year history, and we have already been inundated with people popping in just to tell us how we are exactly what has been missing here. The support from the public has been amazing.”
Docklands employs a small, yet dedicated team, committed in serving the best fish and chips around, not to mention quality pies, homemade onion rings and a variety of children’s meals to namecheck just a few of the delights on its menu.
Head fryer, and close friend of Tony, Peter Anastasiou, is an award-winning chip shop owner himself. He said: “Our priority is to promote and uphold the great name of British fish and chips. For me, it is all about the quality of the fish, and we use the most reputable fish merchants around. Visitors to Docklands will not be disappointed.”
Jeremy Roberts, Chairman of the Albert Dock Tenants Business Association, commented: “Albert Dock would like to welcome Docklands, and wish it all the success for the future. Where to buy fish and chips is one of the most asked questions posed to the Dock’s Tourist Information Centre, and it is great to have a takeaway outlet that provides this to support the restaurant offers. In the year Albert Dock celebrates 25 years since its rebirth and regeneration, the opening of its first chip shop seems even more appropriate than ever.”
The opening of Docklands will be marked with a glittering celebration on February 28, at 12.30pm, when a host of VIPs, including famed hairdresser, Herbert, Thelma Madine from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and local Masterchef star, Jay Tinker, will descend on the shop to sample some quality fish and chips.