September 5, 2014

A six-figure investment is set to give a Tynedale town its first taste of great fish and chips.

The Angel Inn at Corbridge, have invested around £120,000 in converting and refurbishing one of the 260 year-old pub’s outbuildings to create Angelfish, a new fish and chip shop which will share The Angel’s philosophy of predominantly using only the best local produce.

Three full-time jobs have been created at the new shop, which is scheduled to start welcoming customers from Tuesday 12th August and which will open from Tuesdays to Saturdays through the year.

A range of Angel wines will be on offer to accompany meals, along with beers from Wylam Brewery, who are also supplying ingredients for the batter in which the fish will be fried.

Angelfish sits alongside The Angel’s other offerings, which include a recently-refurbished restaurant and bar, 15 bedrooms and a self-contained apartment.

The operators of the Angel also opened the family-friendly Little Angel Café in The Queen’s Hall in Hexham at the end of 2013 as part of extending the Angel brand outside Corbridge and has the next café lined up for Darras Hall.

Long-term advisor RMT Accountants and Business Advisors worked with the Angel Directors on the financial aspects of the fish and chip’s development.

Kevin Laing, managing director at the Angel Inn, says: “We started planning this new venture two years ago, and took the time to talk to a lot of the leading operators in the industry about what we were planning.

“The ideas we’ve developed after speaking to them has helped us create something really special, and it’s exciting to see everything now coming to fruition as we’d always hoped. The support we have already had from other fish and chip shop operators, suppliers and our existing customers has been fantastic.

“Our aim is to build a reputation for The Angel’s fish and chip shop as a cut above the norm, with the quality of the ingredients used, the way they are prepared and the service provided combining to create a experience comparable with any of the best-known fish and chip shops around the country.

“Most of all, we want the people of Corbridge to say that we do great fish and chips.

“The Angel is a consistently-growing operation, attracting customers from both the local area and across and outside the wider region, and adding this extra string to its bow is going to help us achieve even more here.”

Paul Gainford at RMT Accountants and Business Advisors, says: “A great deal of thought and planning has gone into creating a fish and chip outlet that matches the character of The Angel, and its design, location and branding will combine to give it an outstanding chance of becoming hugely successful.”


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