English-style Coast fish and chip shop makes a comeback
IT'S no secret the Sunshine Coast has a full serving of fish and chip options, but none are quite like the Fryer of Whitby.
Revamped under new management, the classic chippery has been brought back to Mountain Creek by an English expat.
Yorkshire man Mike Seckel recently took over the store in the heart of the bustling suburb, the same site that once housed the popular Chumley Warner's.
He said it was a bit "run-down" and in need of TLC but since opening a few weeks ago, it is making progress.
"For quite a few weeks I was here 12 hours every day at least, getting it back on its feet ready to open," Mr Seckel said.
"But we are gradually building it up. The customers are very happy with the product.
"Outside of Brisbane there isn't really a place like us.
"Chumley Warner's was thriving just a few years ago, so our aim is to get back to where they were."
Mr Seckel said the customers in the vicinity had embraced his store, but attracting those outside of the area was more challenging.
"I had a fish and chip shop 15 years ago in east Yorkshire. It is something I've been brought up with," he said.
"So far we have had plenty of expats come check us out.
"Unlike anyone else we prep our chips every morning and they're done in an English-style chipper with no chemicals.
"We make our own mushie peas, famous Wensleydale pork pies, English gravy, sauce and batter."
He recommended customers sample the haddock and cod, washed down with a jammy fritter for dessert.