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Buying a Fish & Chip Shop with Hilton Smythe

One of the great British traditions – fish on Fridays!

From a ‘fish supper’ to a ‘chippy tea, you just can’t beat it. Fish and chips is one of the nation’s favourite takeaways, meaning chip shops have great profit making potential.

Of course, there are a varying number of factors that will determine how profitable a fish and chip shop will be for you. One thing is for sure though, the demand for fish and chip shops in the UK is still as high as ever. A Fish & Chip Shop is a particularly popular staple in seaside locations, which is understandable, who wouldn’t want a ‘chippy whilst walking along the beach?

This national dish is enjoyed all over the UK, making it a perfect business venture wherever you are based. If you dream of owning a traditional chip shop, we can help you find and buy your perfect business.

Buying a chippy – a British staple

When you hear the words ‘British Takeaway’, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

If you have a decent amount of cultural background it will, of course, be: ‘Fish & Chip Shop’.

Fish and chips have long been at the forefront of the traditional British takeaway. The food has been served up since the 1800s and is deeply rooted in Britain’s traditions.

Did you know there are over 10,000 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK, many of them independent? That’s thousands more than fast food giants McDonald’s, KFC, Subway or Pizza Hut. The local chippy plays an important part of any community. Drive through any town in the UK and see how long it takes you to spot the local chippy, most times it won’t take long!

Just finished work and are too tired to make tea tonight? Craving something other than some questionable homemade cooking? Your local ‘chippy is always going to be your best bet!

As tastes and preferences change over time, we are now seeing a diversification of Fish and Chip menus. It’s not just battered cod or haddock and deep fried chips on the menu anymore. Many modern fish and chip shops now serve up a range of dishes including pies, chicken, fish cakes, scampi and burgers. For many people, it’s the added extras that make all the difference – gravy, curry sauce or mushy peas.

What we Brits spend on Fish & Chips

80% of Brits order takeaways from fish and chip shops at least once a year. Combine this with an average spend of £1.2bn at British fish and chip shops and you have a whole lot of takeaways!

If that’s a market you’d like to get involved in, then take a look at the opportunities in our listings. At Hilton Smythe, we have fish and chip shops and restaurants for sale all over the nation. We can guide you through the process of buying a business and ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Fish and chip shops make the perfect family business, and many fish and chip chain restaurants started as a humble family-run company. Many premises come with accommodation included, which the business owner and family can live in or which can be rented out to provide extra income. Family run companies can also be the perfect way to ensure stability and commitment of staff within your business.

If you have great customer serving skills, an ability to motivate and manage a team and have had previous experience in the hospitality industry then you may be the perfect fit for a fish and chip business.

Financing your Fish & Chip Shop

Buying a business is a huge investment, as we’re sure you know, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach. If you’re serious about running a fish and chip shop, Hilton Smythe’s financial services team can help turn your dreams into reality.

Lots of our customers need to raise finance in order to buy their dream business, but the majority don’t know how to approach lenders. This is where we come in! We take an honest, no-nonsense approach to funding to help buyers understand the process and commitment involved.

Many people are put off because they don’t have any experience in buying commercial property or have never owned a business before. We’ve worked with many first time buyers to help them attain finance and become their own boss – regardless of experience.

We know you’ve got bigger fish to fry – so let us do the hard work for you! Browse our Fish & Chip Shop for sale and start your journey to owning that dream chippy.

Some of our fish and chip shop businesses for sale

For SaleSuccessful And Well Established Fish And Chip Shop Welshpool, Powys
£159,999 +SAV
For SaleLEASEHOLD PRICE £190,000 + SAVChippy in Affluent LocationStamford, Lincolnshire
For SaleLeasehold option available for £ 25,000 + SAV. Rent payable £7500 P/AAward Winning Fish & Chip ShopSt. Helens, Merseyside
For SaleWell Established Fish & Chip RestaurantGloucester, Gloucestershire


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