‘Much-needed’ fish and chip shop to open in Banwell

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 20 February 2018

Owner Paul White at Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell.

Owner Paul White at Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell.


Banwell will have a fish and chip shop for the first time in more than three decades, and the owner hopes it will help reinvigorate the village.

Owner Paul White at Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell. Owner Paul White at Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell.

Stanley’s Village Fish Bar, in West Street, opens on Monday – spelling the return of a classic British takeaway to the Banwell for the first time in 34 years.

The takeaway was run as a Chinese restaurant under two different guises – Mings until 2000 and Delicious which closed in December – and the return of a chippy has excited villagers on social media.

Owner Paul White, who named the eatery after his three-year-old son, received the keys to the former Chinese takeaway at the start of the year, and he told the Mercury he is ‘over the moon’ with the results of a six-week revamp.

He said: “All the people who have done the work to create it are my friends from the village and I am so pleased with how it’s turned out.

Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell. Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell.

“I think the village desperately needs to go back to a fish and chip shop. It was a chip shop until 1984, run by the Bond family before becoming a Chinese.

“People have been crying out for these facilities, and we’ve had so much interest while we’ve been fitting it out, but now it’s time to use it or lose it.”

Stanley’s has joined forces with the Brewers Arms pub to offer food to punters, and will also have a delivery service for villagers.

Mr White, who also owns Katherine’s Village Coffee Shop across the road, hopes the two businesses can work in tandem to serve the village – and he has turned his back on a 17-year career in the fire service to focus his efforts in Banwell.

Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell. Stanley's Village Fish Bar, Banwell.

He added: “We’re desperate to make this work for Banwell.

“I’ve given up my job with the fire brigade. I loved it but I can’t be in three places at once. I love Banwell and the village needs this fish and chip shop.

“The village used to have 33 shops and 10 pubs. Now there are two pubs and a handful of shops, so it’s nice to be reopening things.

“I’ve been doing my training at Winscombe Fish Bar, the owners Andy and Ian Morris have been most helpful.

“They’re our local competitors but they’ve been more than happy to help us out.

“We’re not in it to dent any other businesses; we just want to serve our community in Banwell.”

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