Meet the Krispies Crew

Click on the team member’s name to find out more about them!

Megan GoldsmithKelly BarnesScott GezinkGareth OttewellTracy OttewellRob DrewHarry WhatmoreDarren Ashford KelleyChelsea WortsSharon BlakeRobbie BoddieTim BarnesShannon SmitherGraeme Bardsley

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About Krispies

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Tim and Kelly Barnes (otherwise known as Mr and Mrs Krispie) have been frying and serving Fish & Chips for over 20 years. Having left catering college Tim worked for a short time in Exeter, where Kelly joined him. They then purchased their first business in Dawlish which they owned until they bought Krispies in 2000.

Even in the early days of Krispies when it was just the two of them doing everything from frying and serving to washing up and cleaning, they had a clear vision for Krispies to become one of the best Fish & Chip shops in the UK. And over the years they have gained a reputation for outstanding food and customer service and have won both national and local awards.

Krispies pride themselves on serving fabulous food. They are very proud to be one of approximately 100 fish & chip shops in the UK to be MSC Certified. This means that, where you see the little blue tick, the fish they serve is guaranteed to come from sustainable sources. As well as fabulous fish the famous Battered Chips are a Krispies highlight and people travel from far and wide to sample this delicacy – a traditional, freshly cut chip, very lightly coated in batter to give them an unbelievably crispy (or should that be Krispie) coating. Like all famous food the exact recipe for the Battered Chips is a closely guarded secret, so you won’t find anything like them anywhere else on the planet!

As a family run business Krispies has truly become part of the local community. People who ate at Krispies for a treat when they were kids are now serving behind the counter, Tim and Kelly’s own daughter Hollie has worked in the shop and Charlie, 10, can’t wait to follow in the family footsteps! Over the years Tim and Kelly have supported many local charities raising £1000s for a variety of causes including local schools, Vranch House and the RNLI where Tim is a volunteer crew member.

Tim and Kelly love what they do, they are passionate about Fish & Chips and serving fabulous food consistently. Whether you have been a Krispies customer for years or are just about to embark on your first visit you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and top quality Fish & Chips.

 

Kelly Barnes

Name Kelly Barnes (but also answers to Mrs Krispie)

What is your job title? Proprietor of the Krispies – Award Winning Fish and Chips

What does that mean? My main job is to do staff working rotas, staff management, health and safety and general paperwork. When I get the chance I like to go back to serving and meeting our customers.

Where are you from? Burton-on-Trent. I met husband Tim at Sandy Bay, it was a holiday romance and the rest is history.

What did you do before you worked for Krispies? I used to work in a fish and chip shop with Tim in Exeter and then we decided we wanted to buy our own shop. I was 17 at the time – what was I thinking??

When did you start working for Krispies? We opened Krispies as it is today in December 2000

What is the best thing about your job? My staff and my customers. I love my team who are hard working, dedicated and do everything with a smile and I like nothing better than serving and meeting our customers as it is them that make us who we are.

What does winning From Field to Frier mean to you? Fabulous and fantastic, it is the most memorable moment in our career so far. We just didn’t expect it, we were up against such strong opposition and just being nominated was enough for us. I am so pleased for the whole team who work so hard day in day out to make sure we produce the very best quality food and it is great to have that hard work recognised. 

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? Sausage and Chips – I know that sounds like sacrilege but when I was a kid I would go with my parents to see my grandparents and on the way we would go the the Fish and Chip shop. I would always choose sausage and chips. We would then eat them on our laps, in front of the telly watching Only Fools and Horses. So, it’s all about nostalgia and memories of a time when life seemed much simpler.

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Traditional (but I like a sneaky battered chip and of course someone HAS to taste test them).

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Take That!

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? Sitting in the garden, having a BBQ with friends and family drinking prosecco

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? We care about the food we serve, where it comes from, how we cook it and how we serve it. Quality has always been our priority and creating amazing Fish and Chips is our passion. 

Rob Drew

Name Rob Drew

What is your job title? I am a Fryer

What does that mean? This means I'm responsible for making sure that the food that is cooked and served to the high standard that the customer has come to know and respect.

Where are you from? I was born in Essex but have lived in Exmouth for 48 years so consider myself a local.

When did you start working for Krispies? I started working at Krispies in June 2018, but the friendliness of all the rest of the staff makes it feel like I have been working here a lot longer.

What is the best thing about your job? There is lots of good things about working for krispies but one of the best things is seeing customers in the street and for them to tell me that what they had to eat was really good, and that makes me feel good.

What does winning awards mean to you? The best thing about winning awards is it shows some recognition for all the hard work that the whole team put in to make the business run well.  

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? My favourite thing on the menu is the chicken skyscraper with lettuce and mayo.

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Battered chips all the way.

Who are your favourite sports team or band? I'm not into sports much but I'm a keen archer and also like motor sports.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? On a lazy afternoon I like to spend up on the archery field, then going home and go out with my wife for a walk.

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? Krispies is a family run business and when you start working here you are welcomed into that family and that means a lot.

Robbie Boddy

What is your name? Robbie Boddy

What is your job title? Fryer

What does this mean? Making sure that all the food is cooked to the highest standard consitently

Where are you from? I was born in Wigan

How long have you been working at Krispies?  Since 2011

What is the best thing about your job? The best part of the job is the people and support all around you from the team.

What does winning awards mean to you? Winning awards to me means getting busier which means more fun :) 

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? I love the burgers

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? Mixed 100%!

Who are your favourite sports team or band? I support Aston Villa football team.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? Being with my little girl born on the roadside in Topsham at 3.00am. She knows how to make an entrance!

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Krispies if different to other takeaways for the high constituency of being the best around :)

Darren Ashford Kelley

Name Darren Ashford Kelley

What is your job title? I am the Manager at Krispies

What does this mean? Ensuring highest standards are met in all aspects of the business by ensuring my team are happy and doing their job to the best of their ability and making sure that Krispies great food and customer service is the very best it can be all day everyday.

Where are you from? Surrey

How long have you been working at Krispies? I started working at Krispies in January 2018

What Krispies winning Awards mean to you? Krispies winning awards is a main priority for me. To continue to be consistently good at what we do, day in day out, will mean that we will achieve our goals.

What is the best thing about your job?  Managing different types of personalities and being consistently busy – I love the buzz of a busy shop!

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? Porky Downs Double Cheese Burger

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? Mixed

Who are your favourite sports team or band/artist Chelsea FC.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? BBQ and beers with my wife and friends

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Consistently high standards of food and great customer service. A great team of employees who work so hard every day to make the company a success.

Chelsea Worts

Name Chelsea Worts

What is your job title? Counter server

What does this mean? Serving customers, making sure that everything is running smoothly round the front of the shop and keeping it call clean and tidy.

Where are you from? Exmouth

How long have you been working at Krispies? Since May 2016. I had a few months break then came back again in November 2016.

What is the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is meeting new people. I also love being part of the team, we all work so well together, particularly under pressure (which is often) so we all have to be organised and get on well. It like being part of one big family!

What does winning Field to Fryer mean to you? Winning this award means we have the best chips in the UK!

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? Well I'm gunna have to say battered chips as they are what make us different to other fish and chip shops.

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? Mixed

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Coldplay

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? Sunbathe in the garden or see my friends.

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? The variety that Krispies offer like having a choice between traditional and battered chips. We have different fish too and if you ask you can have it grilled, lightly battered and battered and we do gluten free every month. Also, our customer service. When you come in you get professional quick service and we want our customers to feel relaxed straight away. we always speak to our regulars and have a laugh with them so they love coming back and it makes me happy when I see them.

Tim Barnes

Name Tim Barnes

What is your job title? Owner and Proprietor of the Krispies – Award Winning Fish and Chips

What does that mean?  Ultimately everything is my responsibility but in particular I control the general running of the shop on a day to day including frying, doing food orders and overseeing the consistency of the food we produce. Kelly tends to do more front of house and looking after the staff.

Where are you from? As a child we moved around loads, I have lived all over England. At one time we lived in the same street as Elton John in Windsor and used to ride my pony in Windsor Great Park! However, I have spent most of my life in Sidmouth and Exmouth.

What did you do before you worked for Krispies? I worked in another fish and chip shop which I became manager of after only six months. Then we owned a shop in Dawlish for two years before buying Krispies. Before working I went to catering college for three years but I have only ever worked in Fish and Chips.

When did you start working for Krispies? December 2000 when we bought the business. For the first six months it was just Kelly and I and between us we did everything from cooking to serving and washing up!

What is the best thing about your job? I love physically frying fish and chips. I still get excited when the batter is perfect and it gives me a thrill and a buzz to get it right every time.

What does winning From Field to Frier mean to you? It means a great deal – it’s been amazing for our business and recognizes our passion for potatoes and chips. It is the first National Award we have won and we want to use it as a stepping stone to win more. We are hoping one day to win the pinnacle which is winning the Best Independent Take Away.

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? Cod and Chips

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Always Tradition with Fish and Chips and anything else I have Battered but I never mix my chips – it’s one or the other!

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Exeter Chiefs (of course)

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? Well, if I can’t spend it with the family I love to be training with RNLI

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? Mostly because of me and my radiant personality! Seriously, I think it is because everyday we are striving to be better than the day before, we use the best ingredients we can, we take time give the best and quickest service and we always trying to improve ourselves.

Shannon Smithers

Name Shannon Smithers

What is your job title? I am a Counter Server

What does this mean? This means that I am do a lot of the preparation in the morning, I enjoy doing this because it gets me involved with a lot more of the business. I also serve the customers and wrap the orders, when I first started I was shocked because I didn’t realise how much time and effort goes into running Krispies as a business.

Where are you from? Exmouth

How long have you been working at Krispies? I have worked at Krispies since October 2017.

What Krispies winning Awards mean to you? I love being apart of an Award Winning Fish and Chip shop because I can proudly say "yeah, I’ve done that"! Me and the team have accomplished this together and made a massive difference.

What is the best thing about your job?  The best thing about my job is working with a great team, I enjoy working with everyone, they are so welcoming and friendly. I also love introducing battered chips to new customers, it’s the amazing expressions they give when they find them so delicious!

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? I’m currently a mixed chips lover as I prefer a bit of both but I used to be a massive lover of battered chips!! 

Who are your favourite sports team or band/artist My favourite sports team are Exeter chiefs.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? My favourite thing to do on a sunny afternoon is to go to the beach and and spend time with my friends.

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Krispies is different from other takeaways because we provide a quick service with great customer service, everyone is friendly and always happy to welcome anyone to the shop. Krispies are always prepared for most things especially the sun which brings Fish and Chip lovers out in their droves! With the great popularity Krispies have and how far they have come I’m proud to say I’m apart of the team!!

Graeme Bardsley

Name Graham Bardsley

What is your job title? Potato Peeler

What does this mean? I am the person to check the quality of the potatoes to ensure they are of a good standard to be fried and to prep them for service.

Where are you from? I am originally from the Northwest, just outside Manchester, but moved to Devon over 20 years ago.

How long have you been working at Krispies? I have worked at Krispies since March 2017

What is the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is Mr & Mrs Barns the Owners, they really are caring employers who will try to help you with most problems.

What does winning Field to Fryer mean to you? I joined Krispies after we won the From Field to Fryer Award but I really like the fact that we enter awards including Fish & Chip Shop of the Year as this help us all a focus and a close bonded as a team. I think this encourages you to give your job at least 110per cent all of the time.

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? I must admit the Steak and Onion pies are so delicious and  full of chunks of steak. Wonderful!

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? I have to be honest and choose traditional even though I do eat battered too.

Who are your favourite sports team or band? My sports team has to be Manchester United. For music it is Northern Soul and music from the 60-70s.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? There is nothing I like better on a sunny day than to sit with my feet up in my Son's garden and be waited on. HOW NICE is that?!

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Before I started to work at Krispies i often bought my tea from the shop  and alway got a smile and very polite staff. Since I've worked here that smile and politeness hasn't changed and I would honestly say you don't get that everywhere. That's why Krispies is my favourite take-away in East Devon.

Megan Goldsmith

Name Megan Goldsmith

What is your job title? Counter Server

What does that mean?   My job consists of taking orders, asking each and every customer if they would like salt and vinegar and/or lemons and of course our sides (curry sauce, mushy peas and gravy). Asking all these questions ensures that the customers food is exactly how they would like it. After that we box it, making sure the standard of every meal we serve is to the highest quality. We then read back the order and wishing the customer a lovely evening.

Where are you from? Exmouth

When did you start working for Krispies? Since 2015

What is the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is serving great quality fish and chips to our lovely customers. And of course working with the rest of the awesome Krispies team! 

What does winning From Field to Frier mean to you? It means a lot not for just me but Krispies as a team because we all work very hard to make sure everything can be done to the best standard . We care about our chips just as much as our fish and we take pride in the food we produce.

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? Chicken Burger (they are amazing)!

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Definitely Battered

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Coldplay

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? Go for a walk along the Exmouth seafront

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? What makes Krispies different is that we all work as a team. Our food goes through different stages, prepping, cooking and then wrapping - all stages I have to be done to the highest standard and it shows that it is a real team effort. Everyone of us at Krispies takes pride in what we do and that's why we are different.

Harry Whatmore

What is your name? Harry Whatmore

What is your job title? Potato Preparer

What does this mean? Cutting and creating our quality Award Winning Chips

Where are you from? Exmouth

How long have you been working at Krispies? Since May 2016

What is the best thing about your job? Working with my fellow members of staff

What does winning Field to Fryer mean to you?
Everything as I very work hard to maintain the quality of our potatoes and therefore our chips

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? Cod and chips

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? Mixed

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Nottingham Forest are my favourite sports team and my favourite band is called Telstar and I am lead guitarist!

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? Chill

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? The passion to making great produce

Tracey Ottewell

Name Tracy Ottewell

What is your job title? I am a Frier at Krispies

What does this mean? This means that I cook all your food to the award winning standard that you receive.

Where are you from? I am originally from Watchet, Somerset. But have lived in exmouth for 24 years.

How long have you been working at Krispies? I have worked at Krispies since 1st May 2017.

What is the best thing about your job?  The best thing about my job is knowing that I have cooked good quality award winning food that customers come back for . 

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? The chicken skyscraper.

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? I like a mixed chips as I like traditional chips, but also cannot resist krispies famous battered chips, they really are delicious.

Who are your favourite sports team or band/artist I support Tottenham Hotspur

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? My favourite thing to do on a lazy sunny afternoon is going for a walk with my husband, kids and dog. 

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Krispies is different to other takeaways as everyone is like a big family and we really do care about the food we produce and the service we give. We really strive to keep the customers happy.

Scott Gezink

Name Scott Gezink

What is your job title? Counter Server

What does that mean?   Giving good customer service, smiling and having a good attitude. Making sure orders are done correctly and always being clean and presentable.

Where are you from? Exmouth

When did you start working for Krispies? May 2018

What is the best thing about your job? Good management which therefore leads to happy staff which leads to happy customer and leads to success. 

What does winning awards mean to you? I am quite new so have yet to experience winning an awards but it means a lot to me because I know it means a lot to my colleagues.  

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? Chicken Burger

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Battered

Who are your favourite sports team or band? NF

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? Chilling out and spend time with my girlfriend

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? We can serve food at the highest standard even when we are really, really busy. You always get the best to Krispies.

Gareth Ottewell

Name Gareth Ottewell

What is your job title? Fryer

What does this mean? I fry quality award winning fish and chips.

Where are you from? Exmouth

How long have you been working at Krispies? I have worked at Krispies since May 2017.

What is the best thing about your job?  The best thing about my job is knowing that I am giving good quality food to the customers, and knowing they are going to be happy with the product they receive. 

What does Krispies winning awards mean to you? Makes me proud to be apart of an award winning team. 

What's your favourite thing on the Krispies menu? Double Cheese Burger.

Are you battered, traditional or mixed? I like a mixed portion of chips as I love the crispy battered chips but also the traditional.

Who are your favourite sports team or band/artist I support Manchester United 

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy sunny afternoon? Spending time with my family  

What makes Krispies different from other takeaways? Krispies is different from other takeaways because they really do take pride in the product they serve  and care about keeping customers happy as it is very important to them.

Sharon Blake

Name Sharon Blake

What is your job title? Counter Assistant

What does that mean? I am front of house, serving the customers

Where are you from? I am Exmouth born and bred, I would never live anywhere else

Why did you come to Exmouth? My parents moved here and I eventually followed them

What did you do before you worked at Krispies? I was a bus driver! I gave it up to have a family and then started to work for Krispies. I much prefer it here.

How long have you been working for Krispies? Since 2012.

What is the best thing about your job? I love everything about my job – the customers, the people I work with, meeting new people all the time and when I have time chatting with the customers. I just love it all.

What does winning From Field to Fryer mean to you? It’s Amazing! It is great that Krispies is really on the map. It’s just fantastic we won Exmouth Restaurant of the Year [in the Exmouth Business Awards] and now From Field to Fryer – it is an achievement for all of us and we are really proud.

What’s your favourite thing on Krispies menu? Plaice and Chips

Are you Battered, Traditional or Mixed Battered

Who are your favourite sports team or band? Arsenal – because my Dad used to support them.

What is your favourite thing to do with a lazy, sunny afternoon? Take the kids to Crealy.

What makes Krispies different from other take aways? Apart from our battered chips I think it is our relationship with the customers. We have so many regulars and you get to know what they are having when they walk in the shop, the older people in particular really love this. I feel that Krispies is really part of the community and we create a community feel. I really love working here, Tim and Kelly have given me such support over the years, I cannot imagine working anywhere else, in fact you can bury my ashes in a Krispies Box!