Ramshill Fisheries
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Our new shop opened in November 2010 situated in the heart of the busy Ramshill Road shopping area of South Cliff on the main costal approach road into Scarborough.

Drawing on 30 Years of experience in the Fish & Chip industry Nigel Hodgkins completely refurbished an empty shop and created a new modern Fish & Chip shop built to the highest standards incorporating purpose built preparation rooms with easy clean surfaces drainage and resin flooring throughout . All the latest food tech preparation and processing equipment and a high powered four pan proto-type Henry Nutall Frying Range built to our own design capable of frying chips in baskets using a system with can produce small or large quantities of fresh crispy chips in minutes.

We have created an ideal working environment to produce top quality Fish & Chips and using the contacts and experience we have built up over 30 Years we can source the best ingredients and fresh produce needed to produce the perfect Fish & Chips We only use the best potatoes available and our Icelandic and Norwegian Haddock and Cod is caught from sustainable fishing grounds as we never compromise on quality.

Our friendly staff have all achieved a minimum of a level 2 Award in food safety in catering and our in house training is part of our daily routine.

The finished product is Delicious Fish & Chips which we can traditionally wrap. However wrapping Fish & Chips in paper in my opinion is not the best idea and looking to the future I recommend USING ONE OF OUR FOOD BOXES THAT KEEPS THE FOOD HOTTER AND CRISPIER LONGERAND THEY ARE FREE OF CHARGE (Or traditionally wrapped if you prefer) 

Nigel Hodgkins' story

I was raised in Eastfield and attended Overdale and later George Pinder School until 1973 and then went on to train as a motor mechanic. I never really wanted to go into the motor trade, I worked in a local family restaurant Jacconelli’s as a teenager in the early 1970s and was one of the first boys to do cookery at Pinder School. I really wanted to go into catering but my parents did not think there was much of a future in that line of business so my father took me to Gordon Armstrong, the Rover Triumph & Jaguar dealer, where I was offered an apprenticeship. I was never the brightest bulb when it came to schooling and exams and I had left school with little to show so I felt I was in no position to turn anything down. I stuck at it and qualified as a mechanic. I left after five years and started a window cleaning business my earnings doubled in six months.

In 1980 confidence in my abilities had grown I had enjoyed running my cleaning business for the last three years but still wanted to get into catering I felt I was to old now to go to college and anyway I needed to earn money.

Then one day my wife spotted a feature in a magazine about a mobile Fish & Chip shop and that got me thinking after all I was a mechanic I could Build my own Fish & Chip Shop.

I had very little money and the banks were not interested in me or my ideas. I had started my first business with a pair of ladders from a Grattons catalogue but this was going to cost more. I ended up getting a Provident Loan to get me started once I had got the money £1200.00 my next step was to find a suitable vehicle that was affordable this ended up being a Commer freezer van I stripped out the freezer lining and took out the bulk head put a window in the side, lined the walls inside with melamine ply put in work tops and counters a second or third hand propane cooking range and a water boiler. Refrigeration was in the form of cool boxes one for fish one for sausage and that covered the menu. A hand paint job and Scarborough Mobile Catering in the form of GINA’S CHIPPY was born in 1981.

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Gina’s chippy only travelled as far as The Crows Nest Holiday Park where we opened evenings in the summer we stayed on the crows nest thanks to Mr & Mrs Palmer who enjoyed weekly Fish&Chips as rent up to 1989 the following summer we moved on to the larger Dennis’s Holiday park next door after only one year the camp was sold and we had to leave.

In 1991 I sold my cleaning business and Chip van and purchase Manham Hill Fisheries at Eastfield which I totally refurbished in 2000.

In 2001 I bought from the bank a closed down bankrupt East Ayton Fisheries which I virtually rebuilt and re-opened newly equipped for the twenty first century.

In 2002 I sold Manham Hill and rented out East Ayton to my brother who had worked for me since leaving school and I took six months off before taking over another struggling shop in Filey I called this shop Skippers and I enjoyed two very busy summers before selling that shop.

I then took a well earned break from Fish & Chips and did something completely Different. I took a calculated risk bought a four in one Bungee trampoline a climbing wall and a large inflatable slide and set up on Scarborough’s North Bay Area and had two fantastic years in the sun ( he who dares wins has been my motto ) and then two years in the rain (but it was great fun)

For the last few years I got together with a long term friend Mathew Silk We bought Cayton Fisheries together which I ran for two years and took over East Ayton Fisheries from my brother and ran that together and our last shop together was Silks of Castle Road which I left in September 2010 so I could concentrate on my latest project Ramshill Fisheries South Cliff Limited.