Since blogging full time and leaving the confines of the classroom my working week is more diverse than you can ever imagine. On Thursday last week, I travelled to London to speak on a panel for ‘An audience with young carers’ those young people are inspirational and they reignited my belief that young people are amazing and need more support. Friday night then saw me at the relaunch of Simpsons Fish and Chip shop. Simpsons is a well established , well known Fish and Chip Shop in Cheltenham. They have recently expanded their restaurant and had a refurbishment which was why there was a relaunch party. Yet that soon turned into a celebration party as they found out, that after seven months of mystery shops and audits, they had been crowned as the Best independent Fish and Chip shop in the UK. What an achievement!
Their family story starts 40 years ago although they only opened Simpsons Cheltenham shop in 2009. As a family they are firm believers that the best fish and chips should consist of good old, no nonsense natural ingredients… fish, potato and batter – that’s it! Their batter has no MSG, salt or bulking agents and absolutely no artificial colours or flavouring. The family run business only serves food that they are happy for their own little children to eat.
Yet, look beyond the obvious and there are parallels between my two days. Both days saw me chatting to individuals that are determined to succeed, those that know that hard work pays off and those that really care about and value family. Simpsons is a family affair with them all working together to achieve their dreams. With the theme being very much about family I took my mum to Simpsons too as it was her birthday.
Mum and dad have long been customers of Simpsons but it was my first visit as I live in Gloucester as opposed to Cheltenham. The restaurant and take away service is second to none. The Friday queues spoke for themselves and I couldn’t wait to taste the food. The restaurant was awash with people happy and celebrating their good news and glasses of prosecco, beer and Bottle Green soft drinks were free flowing. The decor has a 1940’s 50’s vibe and was very welcoming.
However, it was the food that spoke for itself, the chef had worked hard to ensure that there was an ever ready supply of hot tasty food being shared. The fish and chips were as you would expect absolutely delicious but I enjoyed trying the fish cakes that were packed full of taste. The spicy chilli fishcakes were divine and the halloumi has introduced me to a whole new way of eating vegetarian.
It wonderful to know that this families hard work has been acknowledged and it really puts Cheltenham on the map! It was also great to catch up with other local bloggers who enjoyed their Friday fish and Chips too, you can read more from Lisa here and Joy here.