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Popular north Norfolk fish and chip shop gets makeover

PUBLISHED: 15:24 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 23 March 2018

The new-look French's fish and chip shop in Wells-Next-The-Sea. Picture: ROOT SOCIAL

The new-look French's fish and chip shop in Wells-Next-The-Sea. Picture: ROOT SOCIAL

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Popular family-run chippy in Wells-next-the-Sea gets a new look and menu in collaboration with Eric’s.

The new-look French's fish and chip shop in Wells-Next-The-Sea. Picture: ROOT SOCIALThe new-look French's fish and chip shop in Wells-Next-The-Sea. Picture: ROOT SOCIAL

A popular family-run fish and chip shop on the north Norfolk coast has a new look and overhauled menu, thanks to a new collaboration with another well-known Norfolk restaurant – Eric’s in Thornham.

French’s, which has been luring customers in Wells-next-the-Sea with its bait of freshly cooked local fish and chips for 90 years, has been in the same family since it opened its doors, and today is in the capable hands of Marcus French.

A source from French’s said: “Marcus wanted to take a step back – that’s where Eric’s Fish and Chips have stepped in to help manage it on a daily basis.

“Marcus approached Eric [Snaith, also of Titchwell Manor] because he saw how well he was doing. An interior designer’s been in and changed it, and there are new menus. It’s been stripped right back to improve quality and consistency.

“It looks completely different. Shaun Clarkson from London designed everything. There are lots of colours and it’s so vibrant. It looks really modern and cool.”

While Eric’s has become renowned for doing things a bit differently, French’s will remain a classic seaside chippy – but of course, with a couple of small twists. For example, a vegetarian battered sausage now features on the menu, as do crispy mac and cheese bites – perfect for daytrippers who don’t eat meat or fish but love a big portion of chips. Veggies will be happy to know everything’s cooked in vegetable oil too, not dripping.

The rest of the menu has all your favourites, sourced locally where possible and with daily market specials from British waters. There’s cod, haddock, scampi, fishcakes, pies, sausages, plus all those little extras to ‘pimp up’ your fish supper – gherkins, pickled eggs, mushy peas and curry sauce.

Eric Snaith said: “I’m delighted to have teamed up with Marcus at French’s. It’s great to be part of a family business with such great heritage and I’m proud to be part of the future of this iconic fish shop.”


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