A fish and chip shop in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, has reopened offering deliveries
only and its first order was to a local homeless charity.
Harry Kyriakou, owner of The Corner Plaice in Croxley Green, donated 130 portions of fish and chips to charity New Hope, which supports individuals who are homeless or vulnerably-housed through the provision of accommodation and opportunities to transform lives.
Harry comments: “We just wanted to do something to try and help out. The charity was so pleased, they loved receiving our fish and chips. It felt good that we were trying to keep people at home where possible, which is an important message right now.”
Leftover potatoes were also donated to the charity when the takeaway was forced to close due to lockdown restrictions four weeks ago. It has since implemented a delivery system and the business reopened on Thursday 16th April.
Harry comments: “Adapting wasn’t the problem, it was deciding which approach to take without coming under fire so we decided to stick to deliveries only for now. We are very proud to be serving fish and chips.”
He adds: “Trade has been okay, it’s not what it was as we’re only open in the evenings Monday to Saturday. But if I can cover the wages and running costs and just keep things ticking over that’s good enough for me.”
Harry is looking forward to a time when the shop, which has been in the same family since 1979, can open fully but says: “It’s not going to be a case of opening fully and just going back to normal, I know that. It’s going to be a steady thing, but we are prepared. Before we closed I had already started taking precautions, we put up barriers and screens in the takeaway and I’ve got a filter that catches airborne viruses. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s going to happen but I’m trying to cover every possibility.”