Lakeside Fish & Chips’ owner has claimed the Poole restaurant’s attempt “to be different to the chains on the High Street” is the key to its success. This comes after it was named one of the top 50 fish and chip takeaways in the UK last week.
Burger King (since replaced by Coffee #1) and McDonald’s are among several heavy-hitters to have departed Poole’s High Street in recent years.
“We see ourselves differently to the chains on the High Street,” Wayne said. “It’s a different market altogether. We try to do something a little bit different – not just traditional fish and chips,” he added.
Lakeside Fish & Chips has been run by Wayne and his brother Jason since 1984. Its famous cod is caught in the North-East Arctic as well as the Barents Sea in Norway.
Wayne said, “We try to have nice furnishings, waitress service and we’ve got a nice view here too. We’re a little bit different to the High Street thankfully.”
But it’s not just fresh fish on offer, as the menu also whets the appetite with a selection of burgers, pies, and other traditional takeaway food.
The award is all-the-more impressive considering Lakeside was selected as one of the top 50 fish and chip shops out of more than 10,000 establishments across Great Britain.
“The whole team is proud of the achievement,” Wayne said. “There’s a lot of dedication that goes into getting something like that.”
The secret to their success? “Hard work, dedication, and taking pride in what we do,” according to Wayne. “We try to reinforce that in the team day in, day out and try to deliver top quality customer service and food. That’s our aim every day.”
By Stephen Wright