A CHIPPY where food is cooked on a coal-fired range to an old recipe is so popular that customers even travel by plane to buy its cod and chips. They are happy to queue for ages – as the shop is only open for six hours a week.
Staff let them know how long they have left to wait in the line outside Upton fish and chip shop in Gainsborough, north Lincolnshire.
Owner Sally Shaw, 45, who bought the 70sq ft shop at auction in 2005, said: “At one lamppost they know they are an hour away, at another they know they are half an hour away.
“It’s become a bit of a social event, people bring their camping chairs and sit and have a chat while waiting.
“I think the customers like it as it lets them catch up with friends and it is a bit of a weekly event.”
The secret to success at the chippy, which has just celebrated its 70th anniversary, is in the way the fish and chips are cooked.