A SURGE in demand for quality fish and chips has led to a substantial expansion investment at a popular Ribble Valley hotel restaurant.
Mr Fred’s, located at the award-winning Stanley House Hotel in Mellor, has doubled its capacity from 28 covers to 56, increasing floor space from 667 sq ft to 785 sq ft. Its customers’ demand for British classics is one of the reasons behind the expansion, according to the hotel’s bosses, with restaurant sales having quadrupled in previous years. The expansion is the latest phase in a two-year investment programme into Mr Fred’s which started with a glazed extension being built in 2010. The restaurant sits opposite the hotel’s soon-to-be-open spa, which will launch in August.
Stanley House Hotel general manager Philip Wharton said: “Since the extension in 2010 sales have soared. Customers have been telling us how much they want traditional classics on the menu and our fish and chips is certainly the most popular, with 222 portions being sold in June alone. We’ve even had fish and chips on the menu at weddings!
“With the high demand, it’s a logical step to expand and offer more space for our valued customers.”
Mr and Mrs Brown, from Mellor, were among the first diners to sample the expanded restaurant. Mr Brown said: “We’re huge fans of Mr Fred’s and come at least once a month. The service, portions and views are always top class. We’ve told all our friends to come too. The expansion looks great.”
Mr Fred’s is open from 7 a.m. for breakfast to 9 p.m. every day. Its beer battered Whitby haddock, chunky chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce is priced at £11. Other favourites include Mr Fred’s ground rump steak burger, seasonal chargrilled asparagus and slow cooked shoulder of lamb.
The restaurant opened at Stanley House Hotel in 2004 and is named after the late Blackburn industrialist Fred Walker, whose family owns and runs the hotel.