Opening date announced for new Nottingham chippy with fish and chips at just 45p

By Lynette Pinchess

Queues are expected when a new Nottingham chippy opens - selling fish and chips for just 45p in a launch day offer.

Mother Hubbard's is turning back the clock to 1972 - the year the company was founded and when that was the price of the popular takeaway.

The new chip shop, at Beechdale Retail Park, off Beechdale Road, will open its doors on Saturday, January 22, at 11am following a ribbon cutting ceremony by Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham south.

Solicitor Kafeel Shafique, the Nottingham franchisee of the company that originated in Yorkshire 50 years ago, said: "A normal size portion will be 45p so we are expecting queues. It's for the first 1,000 people."

He said the reason he ventured into fish and chips - and in particular Mother Hubbard's - was because it has the whole package.

"I have been a foodie all my life and travel everywhere for food. We are quite blessed in Nottingham. We've got lots of good chippies.

A chippy tea from Mother Hubbard's (Matt Short)

"When I saw this brand it appealed to me... the way the shop fit-out was, the packaging, the quality of the fish, how good it was. It was so clean and fresh and I enjoyed my experience," he said.

"There's some excitable nerves (for opening day). I'm going completely out my comfort zone but I am quite excited," he added.

As well as being a takeaway, the site has seating for 32 customers to eat in at the retail park, which is also home to Lidl, Costa Coffee, Greggs, Pepe's Piri Piri and Subway.

Mother Hubbard's will be serving haddock and the chips are cooked in vegetarian and vegan-friendly vegetable oil. As well as standard size fish, customers will be able to order a super jumbo portion or, at the other end of the scale, fish bites.

Pies, chip butties, fishcakes, sausages and scampi appear on the menu, and, for kids, there's a choice of fish bites, fish fingers and chicken nuggets.

Franchisee owner Kafeel Shafique outside the unit at the Beechdale Retail Park, where fish and chip shop Mother Hubbard's is set to open (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

And it wouldn't be complete without mushy peas, baked beans, curry sauce and gravy.

The retail park was developed on the former site of Beechdale Baths, which closed in 2015 - a place Mr Shafique remembers well.

"I was at primary school, Southwold Primary School, not far from there, so I know that location pretty well, and we used to go to the swimming baths.

"I know the area very well. It's got a really good community and, with it being a retail park, it has a good family feel to it."

The first Mother Hubbard's was officially opened in Bradford by Coronation Street favourites, Stan and Hilda Ogden, played by Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander.

It's grown to 12 locations across Yorkshire, the North West and Leicester and there's more opening soon in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dubai.

"It's a very fast-growing brand. It's set to grow to 137 stores in the UK," added Mr Shafique, a partner in the law firm Knightsbridge Solicitors, which has offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham.

Mother Hubbard's will be open seven days a week from 11am until late.

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