Yorkshire-based Catch Seafoods has bought two fish and chip shops in Leeds as it looks to expand across the county.
The operator, which opened its first site in Halifax in 2015 and now has restaurants and takeaways in Holmfirth and Harrogate, has bought Bryans of Headingly and Fisherman’s Lodge Street Lane, two established fish and chip restaurants situated on Street Lane and Westwood Lane, Leeds.
Led by managing director Sarah Stuttle, Catch prides itself on putting a modern but respectful twist on the classical fish and chip restaurant with stylish fittings, lighter and healthier menu options, a broader selection of drinks and a relaxed but professional service.
The Catch team picked Bryans & Fisherman’s Lodge because of the restaurants’ reputation as "two of the town’s real gems in the food scene".
New owners Phil Rushfirth, Andrew Bartle and Patrick Allen originate from the local area and are excited about expanding the brand and delivering top quality food, service and an exceptional dining experience. They plan to make some exciting changes, such as full refurbishments which they believe customers old and new will love.
They comment: “We approached Bryans & Fisherman’s Lodge because they really are an institution here in Leeds and we love it just as much as everyone else. But as with all institutions, it should be as relevant in the future as it is today, and we think that by bringing a bit of the Catch magic to both restaurants over time it will be just that.”
Originally founded in the north east, the family-run business began back in the 1920s, catching and supplying fish to the local area.
Catch has plans for further expansion across Yorkshire.