Ramsay's Fish and Chip Van

Established in 1980, Ramsay's fish and chip van provides freshly fried fish and chip suppers on an evening to villages in the Yorkshire Dales. We also provide outside and event catering.

Ramsay's Mobile Fish and Chip Van Blog

Regular fishy thoughts and potato pondering from the team.

Working with your partner

Working with your Partner

How do you work with your partner?

A question we asked ourselves several times a day when we were in talks about accepting the job offer. Before this job, we both worked odd hours and hardly ever saw each other, so we knew that working together each day then going home together could be problematic. Luckily things have worked quite well so far….. the truth is on the whole when we are at work we don’t have time to think about the fact we are husband and wife or what we were last arguing about, we have to be on the ball and thinking about mushy peas or luncheon meat fritters. On occasion in quieter times we have imagined dunking the others head in the fryer, but generally speaking we get on well……for now.

Haddock

Haddock

In the 8 weeks that we were closed due to Covid-19 we have taken the time to discuss ways to make the service we provide better and more efficient. There was one topic that we kept revisiting, this was our Haddock, a fish that historically has been a lot more expensive than Cod but is now more affordable.
A few months ago, we made the decision to trial our haddock with no skin as we had lots of our lovely customers asking for this and this saw a rise in sales.
On the reopening of our suppliers, Collins Seafood, we enquired about the source and sustainability of our haddock and how we could lock into a premium supply in these uncertain times. We were delighted to learn that they had just bought a large quantity from the British owned Kirkella ship, Dick Ramsay always recommended the Kirkella as they provide some of the finest Haddock you can buy.
We love the fact its a British owned and run ship operating out of Hull. The sustainability of our products is very close to our hearts and we know they fish a sustainable fishery so we had little hesitation in saying “yes please” when offered the chance to buy a large proportion of the stock Collins hold.
We will continue to monitor the sustainability of all our products particularly when considering any menu changes or updates. For those of you interested in fish sustainability take a look at https://www.mcsuk.org/
We have made the decision that as of 15th June this will be our go to fish if you ask for Fish and Chips. For those of you who really prefer Cod, rest assured it is equally sustainable and premium quality and is still very much be available but we ask that you clarify which fish you would like when ordering if you have a strong preference.
Why not give our haddock a try next time you order and see what you think?

Back to work

Back to work

On May 11th 2020, lockdown measures were slightly lessened and our suppliers reopened meaning that after 8 weeks off the van we were finally able to get back on board and start frying again. We had been missing seeing the faces of our regular customers and driving through the stunning views of the Dales so much.

It took us one week to get everything we needed in order for our reopening. We needed stock delivering, spreadsheets made for the pre orders, phones set up, and most importantly a big clean down of the van and prep room.

Our new day looks a bit like this:

Adele cleans the van and prep area for a couple couple of hours first thing.

Eddie then goes onto our prep room, rumbles and chips the potatoes, and pin bones the fish before returning home for some lunch. He then returns to work one hour before we need to leave base and loads up the van ready for our first stop.

Jennifer stays at home taking pre order phone calls between 9am-3pm before Eddie picks her up on route to the first stop.

It’s taking a lot of getting used to and sorting out the finer points of trying to balance the villages and amount of time we need per village. This has meant we have had to miss some usual villages too. We are hoping that this ‘new normal’ has been easy to adjust to for you guys and that we can continue to serve you delicious fish and chips as safely as possible.

Re opening

As I am sure you are all aware, we are re opening our fish and chip van as of Tuesday 19th May 2020, this came after the government announcement on Sunday 10th May and resulting in our suppliers re opening. We have been hard at work putting into place systems to ensure the safety of both ourselves and our customers upon re opening. We have had to make the hard decision to take some further out villages off our rounds in order to ensure that we stay within a more local area and can abide by social distancing more effectively.  This has also meant a bit of a re shuffle in days and times for some villages in order to make this work. Below I have added the new routes and times for the foreseeable future, please check them out.

we are having to operate a strict no walk up policy in this time to limit the amount of people in the queue at one time, therefore if you are wanting  fish and chips you must pre order them by calling us on 07943054838 Tuesday – Friday between 9am – 3pm. orders must be in by 3pm on the day of collection to ensure we have the stock on the van. text messages and Facebook messages are not always monitored and therefore we ask that you don’t use these to place your order in case it gets missed.

 

One year

One year ago….

One year ago we picked the chip van up from Dick and Pauline! Thursday will mark one year since our first voyage in the van! An awful lot has happened since then, and we certainly didn’t expect to be writing this post whilst the world is facing a global pandemic.
We wanted to express our thanks for everyone that has supported us in the last 12 months. We have a lot of wonderful supportive customers who have stuck with us whilst we learned the ropes and for that we are forever grateful.
Many of you only see the faces of Jennifer and Eddie on the van, but there really is a team behind the scenes too, from office work to cleaners to holiday cover we would be lost with out them.
We can’t wait to see you all again under better circumstances. Please stay safe and look after one another

Here is a time lapse video of us serving in Newton-le-Willows one evening – In case you wondered what it looked like inside the van

 

Lockdown 3

Isolation 3

Day 9353838, by some miracle we are still married 😜
My blood stream is now 40% tea and 60% Gin, I no longer have a sleeping pattern and it seems without being able to visit the hairdresser I am actually going very grey. On the positive side We have got some pansy and primrose seeds growing to put into pots at the front of the house to brighten the place up a little – a bit of a novice in this area so any suggestions for easy to grow plants are more than welcome!
Eddie has nearly finished power washing the driveway and continues to help with deliveries from our wonderful village shop Sykes House, whilst I have been doing a spot of redecorating and trying new recipes with local produce.
Our cats are growing increasingly concerned about the amount of time we are at home, they sleep under the table judging us every time we make a noise during their 20hr long naps. We are still very much enjoying making use of the outdoor space and preying that the sunshine returns soon ☀️.
We have been taking part in a FaceTime quiz with friends and family for the last week or two in the hope we learn a little in our time off. We both succumbed to watching Tiger King on Netflix and we have also downloaded the TikTok app – it seems to be what everyone in isolation has done, so we had to see what the fuss was all about.
We hope you are all keeping well and being safe ❤️

Lockdown 2

Lockdown part 2

As another 3 weeks of lockdown has been announced we thought we would have a little blog catch up with you lovely lot.

The last week and a half we have felt extraordinarily lucky to have such beautiful weather allowing us to spend lots of time in the garden reading and doing odd jobs enjoying our outdoor space. Although Eddie continues to help doing deliveries for Sykes House we have still got time on our hands to get little jobs done that we haven’t had time to do before. We have power washed the flagstones in our yard and started on the driveway, we have been baking and reorganising our kitchen, my very first banana bread seems to have been a success. Our first trip to a supermarket went well – we even managed to get loo roll! Although our fridge/freezer did blow up the second we got home! We even found our artistic side and made an Easter window display.

Thursday evening we have been doing the Virtual Pub Quiz and Friday nights have been spent at the theatre watching Vampires Rock and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (both via YouTube streaming).

We really do miss you guys, and hope you continue to stay safe and look after yourselves. Let us know what you have been up to during this time.

Lockdown 1

Our self isolation

Along with the rest of the country we have been practising self isolation and social distancing where we can.

Eddie has been out and about in the Abbotside events van delivering groceries from Sykes house to the locals in the surrounding villages, I have been disinfecting worktops 3 times daily, checking out the latest additions to netflix, FaceTiming friends and doing jigsaws with the cats.

We have been enjoying any outdoor activities we can including, our one hour a day walks, joining in with the Thursday evening 8pm NHS cheering from our little corner of askrigg, we have managed to sand and varnish our back door and even tackle some dreaded weeding. So far we haven’t killed each other, but we do fear that this stage will be reached in the coming weeks (Any suggestions for activities to avoid this are welcomed).

We hope all you guys are doing well and staying safe, we hope to be back with you soon. Always remember that even getting out of bed and getting dressed is an achievement if you are feeling at all down.

Take care and stay safe.

Coronavirus update 16/3/20

Coronavirus update 16/3/20

At fish and chip HQ we have been discussing the situation with the Coronavirus. As a business we want to take sensible steps to mitigate any potential spread whilst still providing our services. As an employer I want to ensure the safety of Eddie and Jennifer.

• This week (starting 16th March) we will assess the situation daily but plan to run as per normal. We are making plans to enable either Wi-Fi or 4G in each stop, this may involve slightly different stop locations in certain villages (we will let you know asap) We then ask you to please try and pay by card not cash.
• As of next week (starting 23rd March) it will be CARD ONLY payments. We apologise for the inconvenience.
• We suggest that whilst queuing you allow for personal space and just stand a bit further apart.
• When you get to the van please try not to put your hands on the counter.
• And follow the well published advice on handwashing, coughing, sneezing.
• Where possible, without putting them at risk, have a think if you can collect fish and chips for your neighbours or vulnerable people. One person in a queue, instead of two or more, will help. Large orders please text or message in advance.

Please, please, please everyone be patient and don’t shoot the messengers in Eddie and Jennifer they do an amazing job and are desperate to keep you all happy in these gloomy times.

They absolutely intend on going about the round as normal where possible, however we will be taking this day by day, and following the government advice / rulings. Your safely and wellbeing along with ours is paramount and we don’t want to jeopardise it in any way.
We hope you all understand our reasons for these actions. Please message us with any questions or further details you want.

And finally take care of yourselves!

Ian

A Typical day

Our Typical day

Our typical day starts at base, at Brecon Bar Askrigg. We arrive at 9:30am and begin the prep. Eddie starts by getting the peas cooking before he rumbles and chips up to 8 25kilo bags of potatoes, before starting to pin bone the fish fillets, we can use over 200 fish fillets in one evening so this takes some time. Whilst Eddie is prepping, Jennifer washes all the equipment and then cleans the van inside, restocks all the the bits and bobs we need for an evening, then once or twice a week washes the outside. By 12pm most of our work is done and we head home for a rest and some lunch.
We come back to base at about 2pm and load the van with everything from Wensleydale cheese to haddock fillets. We make the curry sauce and gravy whilst the fryers heat up, then once all aboard we set off on our rounds.
Once we finish up in the last village we head back to base, empty the van out into the stock room and washing up areas then head home ready to start it all again the next day.