We have been under the same ownership since September 1988, Ian then at the tender age of 21, began his career in the fast-food trade, following on from his bar work in his parent's pub - also in Par.
In 2018, so that our customers could celebrate our 30 years anniversary of starting the business with us, Ian gave everyone 30% off Fish & Chips on the day and other offers each day of that week.
More recently with the outbreak of Coronavirus, initially staff were furloughed to protect them, however, they wanted to return to work and of course, as this is Ian's only source of income.
We have installed Perspex screens inside the shop, along with social distancing markings both inside and outside of the shop, a new telephone ordering system which speeds service up when collecting orders. This is working really well and the 2m distancing remains in place for maximum protection of customers and staff.
Looking to the future - Ian's son has started working at the shop part-time and his daughter will too once she is old enough.
Customers are always at the forefront of Ian's mind so, even before "gluten-free" was so widely known about, he was offering fish in rice flour in 1998. He has now varied his menu to include more gluten-free options, as well as vegetarian and vegan options will appear soon.
We have been heavily involved in the Carnival Committee for many years and provide drinks on the carnival route each year, for which the parched bands and others are certainly grateful fo
In recent times, the fryer at the local school was unexpectedly out of action so Ian jumped in and cooked chips for the children. That's just the type of thing he does, always willing to help out where he can.
Such is the local following on Vals Place Facebook page, Ian has been known to post up the Cornwall School Closures notice from Cornwall Council in snowy weather so that his customers, friends and family will see this information in their feed.