You can watch the world go by as you tuck into your meal at a new fish and chip shop in Surrey Street – aimed to bring a new element to the historic Croydon market by attracting people after they have browsed the variety of stalls.
Called EatWell Fish & Chips, there is seating outside for 16 people, as well as room for 30 diners indoors. Or, of course, you can take away. It is even launching a delivery service with UberEats so you can have fish and chips delivered to your door at home or work. The new chippy has been opened by EatWell Catering, a catering company also based in Surrey Street which operates at events such as festivals, weddings and corporate dos across the country with its gourmet kitchen on wheels.
EatWell owners Andy Andreou and Rico Caleap opened the new fish and chip shop on Saturday (June 24), the same day as celebrations were held to mark the reopening of the market following the completion of the first stage of £1.1 million improvement works. Andy and Rico decided to go for the new venture because they believed there was a need for more food places on the market where people could sit down and eat outside if they want to, like at major London markets. “We need more [places to eat along Surrey Street],” said Andy. “It would be absolutely amazing if we can get the London vibe of Borough Market and Portobello Market [where people go to explore and stop for something to eat] for Croydon.”
EatWell Fish & Chips sells traditional fish and chips and also stone-baked pizzas in a rustic setting in the market atmosphere. “Where we are is cosy, it’s friendly and its warm,” added Andy. The duo pride themselves on serving sustainable fish, cooked to a traditional method and recipe to make them crispy on the outside, alongside freshly cut chips. Other options available include a sausage in batter if you prefer or a saveloy. In a nod to the Mediterranean, calamari – fried squid – is on the menu. And of course there is the option of mushy peas, gherkins and tartar sauce. But if you don’t fancy fish and chips you can opt for a stone-baked pizza, with meat and grilled vegetables options. The business partners have also applied for an alcohol licence, which if approved means customers will be able to enjoy their meals with a glass of wine. Andy and Rico aim to keep prices reasonable – you can get sausage and chips for £4, pie and chips for £4, cod and chips for £7 and a pizza for £7.
Andy sees Surrey Street market as a place where people from all walks of life and culture come together, mix and meet. “We are trying to create a place where people can have a nice meal, relax and watch the world go by,” he said.
Source: Croydon Advertiser