Dan & Kate Stone have been running Kates Plaice in Bideford, North Devon for just over 2 years now, It’s a family run business, with husband and wife team, with Kate’s mum helping out and just other one part time member of staff.
I have always loved the unresisting smell of fish and chips, and having my first full time job when I was 18 in my local chippy, I knew I loved working in the industry straight away and that it was something that I wanted to do for myself. I worked there for just over 3 years and gained great experience learning how to serve and later fry and generally learning the ropes of the business.
I then moved house and left that job, and soon after saw a job advertised in my local town for a server on a mobile Fish and chip van, I got the job and loved it straight away. The business came up for sale 3 years later and it was naturally the next step for Dan and I.
We serve in and around Bideford, but also visit the nearby popular seaside resort of Westward ho! We serve at Surf bay holiday park, in Westward ho! throughout the summer, plus we also have a good all year round trade and a summer boost of holiday makers that come back year after year to enjoy our fish and chips.
We only use Msc Atlantika cod that is freshly prepared daily, we also use Triple F chips, which are delivered fresh to us on a daily basis. We have a specials board which we always have something different on, such as battered halloumi with sweet chilli sauce, battered fish finger sandwich, and a really popular one was our beach burger, which was a homemade cod, lemon and parsley fishcake, in a toasted brioche bun topped with pineapple salsa.
As well as our local round, we serve at weddings too, which are really very popular, people love the fact that there’s fish and chips at a wedding. We also do lots of quiz nights and other social events too.
We have started to invest and upgrade areas of the trailer, we have had a new worktop and Bain Marie fitted recently, and have replaced all the fridges and freezers also. With more plans in the future, of adding an extra chip fryer to make larger weddings and events easier to serve.
We are looking into the possibility of getting a separate events trailer, serving just beer battered cod, scallops, mussels, halloumi, with some homemade fish cakes and pea fritters.
Check out our website www.katesplaice.co.uk we’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, just search @katesplaice
by Kate Stone