More seats on menu after chippy expands

Audreys Fish and Chips owner James Morrison with Yorkshire Banks relationship manager Simon Walker.
Audreys Fish and Chips owner James Morrison with Yorkshire Banks relationship manager Simon Walker.

An award-winning Bridlington chippy is expanding thanks to a £112,000 funding deal.

Audrey’s Fish and Chips has acquired premises adjacent to its existing site and created a new restaurant area.

The addition will enable the business to almost double the number of diners it can seat and will create disabled access for the first time.

The business previously offered takeaways only on the ground floor with its 50-seat cafe located on the first floor.

The family-owned chip shop received the £112,000 funding package from Yorkshire Bank to help purchase the adjoining premises.

The deal was delivered by Simon Walker, relationship manager in the Bank’s North Yorkshire Customer Banking Centre.

The business is currently owned by James Morrison, whose parents ran the business for 26 years before selling it to their nephew. James acquired the chippy from his cousin in 2013.

James said: “We’re getting busier and busier year on year, and even have to turn people away at peak times so when the owners of the sewing shop next door decided to retire it seemed like a great opportunity to expand.

“For me, one of the big benefits is that we will be able to seat people in wheelchairs and more families with pushchairs. At the moment, people have to climb a set of stairs to get to our cafe which means that some diners are excluded.

“We’re proud that we are creating new jobs. We currently have 14 staff and we expect to recruit four new employees as a result of the expansion.”