UK’s best fish fryer to work at Cleethorpes Pier as Papa’s Fish and Chips reveals ‘opening by’ date
23rd February 2017
CLEETHORPES will soon be home to the UK's official best fish fryer when the 'world's biggest' fish and chip restaurant opens its doors at Cleethorpes Pier.
The award for the best fish fryer in the country was handed to Papa's Fish and Chips chef, George Papadamou, at the National Fish and Chip Awards finals.
He will be the man at the head of the kitchen at the soon-to-be revamped Cleethorpes Pier, which was bought by the Papa family in December.
The ceremony, held in London last month, looks to recognise the very best in the British fish and chip trade and saw Papa's pick up the award for marketing innovation.
The announcement that popular regional fish and chip franchise Papas, which has two restaurants in Hull and one in Scarborough, is coming to Cleethorpes was greeted with excitement by promising to "bring the pier back into its heyday" and serve up the "best fish and chips you have ever tasted".
Over 100 new jobs will be created and when the huge restaurant, capable of hosting around 500 at a time, opens its doors.
Since taking over, the Papa family have run the Pier in its current format, with the tea room, bar and function room staying open alongside the new fish and chip restaurant.
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But the transformation of the Pier from what we know it as now, an image that saw it crowned Pier of the Year 2016 by the National Piers Society, to a state-of-the-art fish and chip restaurant, has already begun.
Dino Papa, son of head of the family business, Sid, has confirmed that the new restaurant will open its doors no later than April 9, if not before, just in time for the Easter holidays and the start of the tourism season in Cleethorpes.
New equipment, decor and kitchen fittings are being installed over the next few weeks and locals are urged to keep an eye out for signs of the re-brand taking shape.
Dino said: "Work is well underway and we are pushing to confirm an actual opening date.
"The reception we've had since we arrived has been fantastic. We have had a lot of people visiting us in Hull from Cleethorpes so they know what to expect.
"People seem really excited and we are just as excited as them.
"To be completely honest we regret not coming to Cleethorpes sooner. It really has been overwhelming."
The family have pledged their dedication to creating a family-orientated resort icon that will attract thousands of people from all over the world. They purchased the Pier after buying out the Huxford family, who announced their intentions to sell the pier in September.
Bryan Huxford said he had taken the business as far as he could, and wanted fresh hands to help it flourish in the years to come.
He reopened the pier in summer 2015 after a mammoth £4.7 million transformation taking two years.
Look out for behind the scenes photos of the transformation to Papa's Fish and Chips in the coming weeks.
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com