First fish and chip shop for Cotswolds village in 40 years
TAKEAWAY fish and chips are back on the menu in a Cotswolds village for the first time in 40 years.
Russell's Fish and Chips has started serving up the British favourite in Broadway.
Businessman Andrew Riley enjoyed trips to the local chippy as a child – and wanted to bring the traditional fare back to the village.
The new business serves eat-in and take-away fish and chips – with plenty of lashings of mushy peas.
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Andrew, who grew up in Broadway, said: "Everyone loves takeaway fish and chips and I'm really happy to be bringing it back to Broadway after all this time."
The 47-year-old from Pittville, Cheltenham, says they served up 100 dishes within two hours of opening yesterday lunchtime.
The fish and chip shop is located next to the Russell's, a hotel and restaurant, which Andrew opened in 2004 after restoring the historic building. It used to be an old workshop of famous 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell.
Andrew has kept the name as everyone in the village knew it as the Russell's.
He said: "It was iconic, and since everyone knew it as that, why change?"
Andrew added: "We hope people from the village and surrounding areas will come along and treat themselves.
"It will be ideal for a family night out or a get-together for a group of friends."
As well as the traditional fish dishes, 'gourmet' selections such as sea bass are also available.
Homemade tartar sauce, pickled onion rings and a gluten-free batter option are also sold. Andrew is keen to link up with local businesses with his food fried in Cotswold Gold, a cold-pressed rape seed oil sourced from less than a mile away.
Charlie Beldam, owner of Cotswold Gold, said: "Working with Russell's has been a fantastic opportunity for us.
"I think it's really important for a local economy that restaurants work with local producers."
Russell's Fish & Chips, which is licensed, is managed by Ross Cameron. It is in the High Street, Broadway, and open afternoons and evenings Tuesday to Saturdays