So, what are exactly are the Fish & Chip Oscars? They are the name we give to the prestigious National Fish & Chip Awards and they are designed to reward and celebrate the very best people and businesses in the Fish & Chip world. This year the awards were celebrating their 30th year so it was fabulous to be there, not just to celebrate this landmark but to actually win something too!Read More
Keep up to date with all the happenings a Krispies Fish and Chips, Exmouth, Devon
Phew, what a year 2017 was! Firstly, we won our first ever National Award and then we were on BBC 2. We also sponsored our first Exe Estuary Beach Cleans, welcomed some more of Mr Krispies Fishy Friends (including our favourite, Mickey the Mackerel pictured right) and all year we have been busier than ever before.
But don’t for a minute think that 2017 was our peak! We are all rested after Christmas and ready to go again for another amazing year. We already have some exciting things in our diary for 2018 and here are just some of things you can look forward to at Krispies over the next 12 months.
It all starts this month at The National Fish & Awards 30th Anniversary Ceremony in London on 25th January. Last year we won the From Field to Fryer Award, this year we are nominated for the Marketing Innovation Award. We are extremely proud to have been chosen as one of the top three shops in the UK and if we actually win this it will be the icing on the cake! Keep your eyes on our social media pages for instant updates on the day.
One thing that was new for us in 2017 was sponsoring the Exe Estuary Beach Cleans run by Exe Estuary Management Partnership. We love Exmouth and we are passionate about maintaining a clean and safe environment so fish can thrive so supporting this worthwhile event seemed like a natural fit. We are intending to continue to sponsor the Beach Cleans throughout 2018. Again, keep your eyes on social media for confirmation of dates and times.
A definite day for your diary is 22 September 2018. Every year the RNLI hold Fish Suppers throughout the UK to raise money for the RNLI and also give everyone who volunteers a chance to let their hair down. As you know, Tim is a volunteer Crew Member for Exmouth RNLI and so this event is very close to our hearts and this year we want to achieve something truly special – we are going to attempt to hold the biggest RNLI Fish Supper ever! We are still finalizing details but you can be sure there will be fabulous fish, fun, music and laughter all in the name of raising as much money as we can for the RNLI. Information on tickets will be published in due course.
Then in the Autumn of 2018 we are planning a radical transformation. We know you love Krispies and sometimes our popularity means waiting a little longer than you would like for your Fish and Chips. We are going to be rewarding your patience by investing in a major upgrade of our equipment and a total refit of our shop so we can serve even more Award Winning Fish & Chips and add new and exciting things to our menu too! This is our biggest upgrade in over 10 years and we simply cannot wait. We would do it sooner but it takes months to manufacture our bespoke new cooking range.
So, you can see, we have a busy time ahead and this is not all we plan either! There will be other events, launches and competitions throughout the year so make sure you keep on eye on our website, follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram and read your Krispies Chronicle when it drops into your inbox every month for all the latest information.
Finally, thank you to every single one of you that came and visited us in 2017. We hope you enjoyed your Fish & Chips and we hope you will come and see us again in 2018. Wishing you all very Happy New Year.
Tim & Kelly Barnes
We believe that sourcing our fish sustainably is part of our responsibility. For us it is not a choice but something we have to do help keep our oceans healthy for many years to come.Read More
Our staff really are the most important part of our business because without them we could not cook great food and serve it with a smile seven days a week never mind win our awards!Read More
As you know we are very proud of our food at Krispies and we do all we can to source our goods from top notch suppliers that, where possible, are British.Read More
We want to continue to give the kids who come to our shop a little bit extra so they know that eating fish is delicious and healthy and gives your brain an Omega 3 boost!Read More
The assessment for the awards cover pretty much everything from hygiene to health and safety and cleaning schedules to customer service. Oh, and they eat our food too (that’s the tough part of the job for the assessor, poor thing).Read More
"So, on a bright and very breezy afternoon my son, Charlie, and I rolled up our sleeves, put on our gloves, armed ourselves with tongs and the all important rubbish bags and got on to the estuary to help give it a good clean."Read More
As Exmouth is a seaside town there is a constant threat from hungry seagulls, they sit on the roof of the Church and eye us carefully so they can pounce as soon as our backs are turned. So, in order to avoid unwanted air born attacks we have to have to dispose of the food as quickly as possible. Fish and Chips for breakfast – yumm!Read More
I signed up as a volunteer about three years ago now. I wanted something that would challenge me in a different way to work and would help me give something back to this town I love so much.Read More
The day was a typical June day of torrential rain, it started at 4am when Tim had to go off to the fish market for the fish identification challenge. Next was the speed test, cook as many portions of Fish and Chips as possible in a given time...Read More
...I have suddenly realized how important it is to bring this National Award back to Exmouth.
Krispies Fish and Chips is nominated for the prestigious From Field to Fryer Award which will be awarded at the National Fish and Chips Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 26th January 2017. Here, Tim and Kelly Barnes explain exactly what this award is about and what it means to them.Read More
I think there a quite a few people in Exmouth that think Tim and I are a bit bonkers and our recent decision to have a holiday in Leeds with the primary aim of visiting as many fish and chips shops in the area as we could did nothing to allay reputation.
So, it’s true, on a not so sunny day in July we packed our bags (leaving the factor 50 and the sun hats at home) and headed up North for what can only be described as a Fishman’s Holiday.
Our plan was to use Leeds as our base and strike out for day trips from there and so it was, after driving through some of the most beautiful countryside in England we found ourselves in Whitby. We had never been to this lovely seaside town before and it was bustling when we arrived and as always it had the typical British summer weather to go with it, pouring with rain when we arrived and burning sunshine when we left! What I love about the British though is we are never beaten and when at the seaside we must eat fish and chips whatever the weather and that was true in Whitby as it is for Exmouth!
Our main aim of coming here was to visit Quayside, a family run shop that had won the National Fish & Chip awards in 2014. The shop looks stunning from the outside and the Frusco family were generous in taking time out of their busy schedule to show us round the shop. We then tucked into fishcake and haddock for lunch, they were excellent! Whitby was only one venue on our list and we managed to visit eight shops in total including the shop which was once the very famous Harry Ramsdens in Guiseley.
Everyone we went to see was so welcoming and generous with their time, we are really lucky to work in an industry where there is so much respect and friendship between people who are essentially competitors.
And so it was that we returned home, happy and inspired by the people we had met and the food we had eaten. And boy did we eat a lot of fish and chips so it was great to get back to the home comforts of – fish and chips. We did love it but you will be pleased to know our next holiday will be in Cyprus!
"...over the next week at pick up time other parents told me how their children had come home asking to eat fish and then pointing out the little blue MSC logo to them in the supermarket!"Read More
"We’ve been talking about it so long I cannot believe it is really here. Tim and I are pretty tense, it’s strange how setting yourself a target can make you nervous but over nerves comes the driving spirit to do what we do best, to Put Fish First and sell amazing Fish & Chips."Read More
Thank you to everyone who came down to the shop on Saturday and bought fish and chips all in aid of charity. We are really excited to report we raised £5412.31 for Vranch House School in Exeter. We are all still recovering but we will be posting the prize draw winners very soon and also more pictures and the story of our day so watch this space.
Here we all our having our photo taken for The Exmouth Journalwho will be featuring our Charity Day in the paper next week. It's only a week away now so be sure to tell everyone to come down to Krispies a week on Saturday (27th February) to buy Fish and Chips for £3 in aid of Charity.
Thanks Chippy Chat Magazine for supporting our Charity day in the February issue of your magazine
We are delighted to confirm that the Exeter Chiefs have kindly donated three amazing prizes to our Fish & Fun Charity day in aid of Vranch House Hydrotherapy Unit. They are a signed shirt, a ball and two tickets to see Chiefs vs Newcastle on 12th March. Thank you so much, you are brilliant. Remember to be in a chance of winning one of these amazing prizes you need to come down to Krispies on 27th February and buy a portion of Fish and Chips for Charity.