Baltic winds didn’t stop queues stretching around the block as thousands of Harbour Lights fans enjoyed Year 2000 prices and helped the famous Falmouth chippy celebrate being crowned Best Fish and Chip Restaurant in the UK.
A February day-record of 2300 portions of fish and chips, involving 1.5 tonnes of best Cornish potatoes, flew out of the fryers and onto restaurant plates and takeaway boxes on Saturday.
Owners Pete and Sue Fraser celebrated their national “Oscar” award from the Seafish organisation by taking prices back 17 years to when they began their fish and chip journey at the Harbour Lights in the year 2000. A piece of fish was fried every 15 seconds as takeaway portions rolled back to £2.50 and eat-in meals to £3.75 – to the delight of customers who travelled from far and wide to join the party.
Luke Ellis was home from Brunel University and saw the Harbour Lights offer on Instagram. As he and friend Jade munched through enormous plates of cod and chips he said, “It’s such a great restaurant with an amazing view and lovely staff so I’m not at all surprised they’ve won this big national award.”
Ruth Johns who eats at the restaurant three or four times a week added, “I think it’s the best fish and chip shop anywhere. The food is wonderful and the staff are outstanding – they are good as gold to me.”
The Harbour Lights team went through a gruelling, multi-stage judging process to win their top accolade. Delicious food from a diverse menu, served in beautiful surroundings, were matched by their staff training and development, marketing activities and an on-going, deep-rooted commitment to sustainable sourcing and protection of fish stocks.
“To celebrate this success for all our team we wanted to turn what could have been a sleepy February day into a full-on party,” said Pete Fraser – who transformed himself into Sam Cod for the day both at Harbour Lights in Falmouth and its sister restaurant Fraser’s, in Penzance. “We wanted to thank all our beloved customers by giving them Year 2000 prices – and I know everyone had fun from the moment we opened to when the fryers were finally turned off.
“I quietly had set a target of us serving an appropriate 2000 portions of chips but by the end of play we had welcomed over 2300. A big thank you to every one of our customers and the amazing Harbour Lights team for making the day possible.”