Chip shop team in 25 years celebration

Chip chaps: Christian Abson right and the team at Doodles
Chip chaps: Christian Abson right and the team at Doodles
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A Poulton family firm is giving thanks that every day is fry day as they celebrate 25 years in the fish and chips business.

The team at Doodles has picked up two major awards for their fare in the past year after the business evolved from a general fast food into specialising in fish and chips.

Owner Christian Abson said staff were delighted to get the National Federation of Fish Fryers award and the Taste Lancashire highest quality assured gong.

Doodles was founded by his dad Don, originally in Church Street, Blackpool, as a takeaway offering home-made burgers, pizzas and kebabs, along with their own recipe mayonnaise.

Christian joined from school and, after 10 years, a second shop was opened in Cleveleys, followed by the Poulton shop.

The family decided to franchise the business and Christian took over the Poulton shop, which he runs with the help of his mum, Kay, and Dave McCartney and Emma Gannon.

He said: “We have served millions of customers and I think the success was due to the fact it was all homemade quality products.

“It was called Doodles after one of the clowns at Blackpool Tower circus. When I was a child, Doodles was my favourite!

“Over the past five years, we have seen that quality fish and chips have been coming back into fashion.

“So we decided three years ago to specialise and converted the restaurant.

“We have a sit down restaurant upstairs and a behind the counter diner on the ground floor.

“We are a great believer in local produce and we only use sustainably caught fish. We have teamed up with the Thatched House pub, which makes its own beer, to produce a Thatched beer batter for the fish.

“We don’t make burgers any more but we do our own special tartare sauce.

“We have reinvented ourselves and it was great to get the awards, which shows we are on the right lines.

“Next will be to go for national awards.

“To celebrate 25 years we have some special offers running throughout the day, a lunchtime offer of a small Icelandic haddock and chips for £3.75 and the tea time offer of small haddock chips and peas for £4.25.

“We area also offering to deliver to pensioners in Poulton on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes for free.”