Tell me, what's the poshest chippy you've ever been to. Earlier this week we visited one with chandeliers! Yes, chandeliers! In a chippy! Two beautiful, sparkling, enormous chandeliers! Oh, and let's not forget the grand piano! Unfortunately we didn't get to hear those ivories being tinkled, though I believe that happens later in the week.
So just "where is this swanky chippy with chandeliers, a piano and stained glass windows?" I hear you ask. It's the Wetherby Whaler, though this particular outlet was in Guiseley, near Shipley in West Yorkshire. It's in the same building as the old Harry Ramsden fish & chip restaurant which I vaguely remember visiting with my Grandma as a young child.
We visited as a treat for my mum's 65th birthday. We'd mentioned to her a couple of weeks earlier that Mr E & I would be taking her and my dad on a Magical Mystery Tour culminating in a meal out. We had our route planned but having missed the turning to Shipley it really did end up being a Mystery Tour for all four of us! Unfortunately, once I'd realised that we were on the wrong road, I had to ask my dad, who was also unaware of our destination, the best route to Guiseley. And given his fabulous sense of direction we enjoyed a lovely drive around the local countryside roads before soon arriving at the Wetherby Whaler with hungry tummies.
We definitely had a good ol' feed whilst we were there. The birthday girl, Dad and I chose to have the obligatory Haddock and Chips, my dad opting for the larger version. I think his eyes may have been a tad bigger than his stomach! Mr E, being a vegetarian, chose to have a scallop meal, no not the 'edible muscle of molluscs' but rather a slice of potato dipped in batter and then deep fried. I'm not sure if they're a northern thing or not, but Mr E will often order one in chippies if they're available. There was even a choice of three other vegetarian dishes on the specials board which is certainly more than we see in many establishments. All of our meals came with bread and butter and a beverage, and being in Yorkshire, Yorkshire Tea was certainly the way to go! Grand!
The portion size was generous and I can safely say that we were all pleasantly full after our respective meals. But there was a dessert menu. It'd be churlish, surely, not to order a dessert, well it was a celebration for my Mum's birthday. As Mum and Mr E say " "You only get one sit on the swing in this life so you might as well have a push", so desserts were ordered! Mum and Dad shared a Sherry Trifle; it was wonderfully traditional and plenty for them to share at. I chose the Black Cherry Cheesecake, it was so incredibly deep and tasty! And don't forget, we then had Mum's birthday cake to look forward to!
And the verdict? Simply brilliant! Clearly the surroundings were quite a talking point with the chandeliers and piano, but the meal certainly didn't disappoint. The batter was wonderfully crisp and the chips great too. We had requested the meal to be cooked in vegetable oil rather than dripping and although the meal was clearly cooked to order, we had to wait very little time. The menu outlines their sustainability ethos which is heartening when many of us are concerned about such issues. The staff were friendly and polite which always makes for a pleasant experience too. We'd definitely recommend calling in if you're in that neck of the woods, I know we certainly will do again!
It was sheer opulence amongst the mushy peas and tomato ketchup!
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