An upmarket village once at the centre of a snobbery row over a visiting fish and chip van has finally welcomed a chippy of its own - and a “posh” one at that.
Back In 2005, a van visiting plush Corbridge in Northumberland sparked accusations that it was attracting council tenants and ruining the culture of the village.
There were claims the van was lowering the tone, with calls for it to be removed from the market place to a car park on the south side of the village.
The resultant furore led to Corbridge being branded “the snobbiest village in Britain.”
Now, the community finally has a fish and chip shop of its own - courtesy of 18th Century coaching house The Angel Inn, on Main Street.
Managing director Kevin Laing explained how around two years ago, he and colleagues had been contemplating uses for a double garage in the site’s car park which had been used for storage.
The boss suggested it might make a a bedroom or office but a chef instead put forward the idea of making it into a fish and chip shop, something Mr Laing agreed was a “great idea” to compliment the “great” fish and chips served in the inn itself.
Over the last two years, the MD and team have worked through the planning process and a six month wait to get an electricity supply to the site.
“Angelfish” finally opened on Tuesday under the management of inn chef Jonathan Dodds - with the produce served in artfully designed blue and white packaging.
It will sell cod, haddock and sole from the North Atlantic caught by North Shields fish merchants Frank Round, as well as sausage from JD Hall butchers of Corbridge - with Mr Laing describing use of local produce as “really important for us.”
Punters will also be able to buy a bottle of Wylam Ale, wine or champagne to take away, with the premises fully licensed. Mr Laing said the venture has already had a warmer welcome than the “not particularly well received” visiting van.
“We did not have any objections at all, people has been quite excited and supportive of what we want to do.
“Everyone is quite happy with what we have done so far.
“It is going really well. We opened on Tuesday and it has been really successful.
“We have put a lot of thought in to it. The guys in there know what they are doing and the fish and chips are great.”
The venture has sparked interest on Twitter with one user tweeting: “Posh chips! Corbridge *finally* gets a chippy. And it is good! :)”
Another wrote: “Wonderful new, traditional fish and chip shop opened in Corbridge, #Angel fish and chips, batter made with @wylambrewery beer. #fabulous”