Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
10:37 AM 26th July 2020

‘Whip Up’ A Discount This Yorkshire Day At Heritage Fish And Chip Shop

(L-R) Jonny Chapman, Charlie Tipton – Owner of Hillside Fisheries, Gyp – The Whippet
(L-R) Jonny Chapman, Charlie Tipton – Owner of Hillside Fisheries, Gyp – The Whippet
A heritage fish and chip shop in Ackworth, near Pontefract, plans to celebrate its roots this Yorkshire Day by offering free and discounted meals to customers sporting a traditional Yorkshire style.

Hillside Fisheries, known to locals as ‘Charlie’s Chippy’, has offered to provide fish and chips free of charge to all customers who visit the chippy on 1 August wearing a flat cap and accompanied by their pet whippet.

Customers who don’t own a pet whippet but still visit wearing a flat cap will also benefit from a 10% discount on their total order.

The promotion has been developed to raise spirits within the community following three months of uncertainty for residents as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and to celebrate the great traditional fish and chips of Yorkshire.

Owner of Hillside Fisheries, Charlie Tipton said: “The village of Ackworth was affected by the pandemic, and as a close-knit community, it was really unnerving for us to witness.

“We wanted to do something that would raise our customers’ spirits and Yorkshire Day seemed like the perfect opportunity given that customers know us to be fun, outgoing Yorkshire people.

“The whippet and flat cap look is a really old stereotype, but we thought it would lift residents’ spirits to see customers in the village sporting that look.”

The ‘Chippy’, which first opened as Hillside Fisheries in the 1960’s before closing due to a fire and reopening as Charlie’s Chippy in 2017, has been serving fish and chips to the Ackworth community for over 50 years.

Frying the traditional way, they use beef dripping to give their fish and chips the real Yorkshire taste.

Charlie added: “We cook our fish and chips in the traditional way using the finest ingredients available to us.

“We still cook in exactly the same way as in the 60’s; using beef dripping and that means our customers come back to us time and time again because they know taste and quality is consistent.”

Those wishing to take advantage of the offer on Yorkshire Day are asked to queue outside two metres apart before ordering at the door and entering one at a time to pay once the order is ready.