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Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop

19 Mar

Update 31/08/14: Unfortunately Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop is now under new ownership and is no longer serving gluten free.  See Kingfisher Fish and Chip Shop review for an alternative option.

Gluten Free by the Sea recently brought you news that Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop in Plymouth were having a gluten free night the first Monday of every month.  It was pleasing to see owner Johanna Haimes had received training from Coeliac UK and that the fryers would be completely steam cleaned, fresh oil used and only gluten free items cooked on the night.  For more information see their press release.  With confidence I made the trip to Eggbuckland village to try it out.

EggbucklandChipShop

When I arrived I could only just fit in the shop, it was extremely busy which was great to see.  It was immediately apparent that there was a really lovely atmosphere within the shop.  Staff and customers were exchanging stories about their excitement to tuck in to gluten free fish and chips.  There was a young coeliac child who was about to have fish and chips for the first time, heart-warming.

It was good to see Coeliac UK literature and certification, along with labelling from the gluten free products used on display in the shop, and this certainly added to my confidence.  The choices were chips, battered fish, battered sausage, gravy and curry sauce.  Johanna is looking to expand this range and is planning to add mushy peas, chicken and chicken nuggets to the menu for the next gluten free night on Easter Monday (open as normal).

It was personally quite a nostalgic trip for me.  Not only was this my first trip to a chippy since my coeliac journey began nearly two years ago, but I was brought up in Eggbuckland so this was my local chippy as a youngster.  This was my first trip back since I moved away from Eggbuckland over ten years ago.

I don’t eat fish, so I was very pleased to see the battered sausage on the menu.  I ordered a large portion of chips and a battered sausage, with a side of curry sauce.  I rushed home to dish up, and as I did I looked at the portion and thought that I’d never be able to eat it all.  Truth be told I demolished the whole thing, probably without even stopping for breath.  The sausage was tasty, the batter was light and crispy and very impressive.  It was so good to have “proper” chips from a chippy again, I loved it!  I am away on Easter Monday, but will definitely be going back for more.

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The evening itself was a great success, Johanna said “I was very surprised at the amount of children that came. It’s very sad that it has such an effect on the whole family.  We were very happy that the hard work and research gave people with gluten intolerance the chance to enjoy something that most of us take for granted.”  For some more quotes from Johanna on the night see this report from The Herald.

The chip shop are investigating an option to supply meals boxed with a knife and fork as many gluten free customers had travelled some distance to try this.  Johanna is keen to hear feedback, and suggestions for other products that you would like offered.  You can contact her via email at johannahaimes@yahoo.co.uk

There were some lovely comments on the Gluten Free by the Sea Facebook page after the event, so I’d like to leave you with a few of those:

I enjoyed my cod and chips too. Haven’t been near a chip shop since I got diagnosed in 2010 and tonight was a taste sensation for me thank you Eggbuckland Chip Shop – Louise Williams

Would like to say a big THANK YOU to Eggbuckland fish and chip shop for the lovely gluten free fish, chips and curry sauce both myself and my 4 year old daughter was both very happy girlies after it was very yummy and my daughters little smiley face was all worth it…roll on the first Monday in April where we will deaf be back again – Stacey Willcocks

Finally, a big thank you from me.  I really enjoyed my meal and am looking forward to the next time.  Thanks for putting these nights on, evening like this really make a difference.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

Gluten Free Fish and Chips!

27 Feb

Update 31/08/14: Unfortunately Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop is now under new ownership and is no longer serving gluten free.  See Kingfisher Fish and Chip Shop review for an alternative option.

It was with great excitement that I received a press release yesterday from Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop.  Firstly, thanks to Alice Williams of the Coeliac UK Plymouth group for passing this on.  Being able to go to the ‘chippy’ is one thing I’ve really missed since being diagnosed with coeliac disease.  So I was delighted to hear that this chip shop in Eggbuckland Village will be doing a gluten free night the first Monday of every month from next week.  Great news for gluten free Plymouth!

This also happens to be my old local chip shop that I used to go to whilst growing up in Eggbuckland.  I can’t wait to try it out on Monday.  Also on sale on Monday will be gluten free cakes made by Johanna’s 8 year old son Jake, with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.  You can find Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop at: 1 Hayes Place, Eggbuckland, Plymouth, PL6 5RL

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Full press release:

Johanna Haimes has now been at the Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop for 10 years. This family owned local business is currently arranging a new regular monthly night to enable the many people in the Plymouth area that suffer from a Gluten intolerance to have traditional Fish and Chips.

On the first Monday of every month from now on people that require truly gluten free food, will be able to perfectly safely come in and order Fish and chips, sausage and chips, curry sauce or gravy. Although the menu will be slightly limited to start with, we would welcome any requests and we will do our best to ensure it is available for them the following month.

“There are only 139 Fish and Chip Shops in the UK that currently offer this service that are registered with the Coeliac Society UK. We have contacted the Coeliac Society to enable them to approve our service and suitability once everything is in place prior to the first night. Jo has also completed a course set up by the Coeliac Society UK and her certificate is proudly on show in the shop for all to see.

The fryers steam cleaned and new beef dripping used. Also a separate set of cooking utensils will be used on these nights only to avoid any traces of gluten.

Eggbuckland Fish and Chips shop is a small family owned business that is also very keen on sustainable fishing to protect fish stocks and the marine environment. All of the fish available is sourced from environmentally friendly suppliers that have Marine Stewardship Council approval. Jake, Jo’s 8 year old son has also put up some of his school work about the local marine environment on the walls of the shop to help educate customers about the marine wildlife.

The first Coeliac Night will be Monday 4th March Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop is at 1 Hayes Place, Eggbuckland, Plymouth, PL6 5RL, directly opposite the Prince Maurice public house and it will be open from 5pm until 10pm. There is plenty of parking available. If you have a large order (over £30) that you wish to pre-order or if you have any other enquiries you can call us on 01752 776506 and ask to speak to Jo.

For more information and quotes see this report from The Herald: http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Gluten-free-nights-chip-shop/story-18286059-detail/story.html#axzz2MGxgME7D

 

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

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