Colin Cromar is opening his first solo venture in ten years today after stepping away from the award-winning takeaway and restaurant Cromars in St Andrews, Fife.
The Fish Hoose, which has been operating as a chippy since the 1950s, is in the small village of Thornton, Fife. It was knocked down and rebuilt 10 years ago, making way for a modern takeaway with seating for 25.
Since taking over the chippy in April, Colin has updated the signage and window graphics, removed pizza and kebabs from the menu and extended the range of sustainably sourced fish and seafood to include species such as coley and hake. As well as adding Amity scampi to the offering, there’s now a greater emphasis on homemade with fishcakes, mushy peas, tartare sauce and potato fritters all made from scratch.
Commenting on the new business, Colin says: “It’s a cracking shop but it was underperforming massively so I’m really looking forward to building up the business by focusing on serving top quality fish and chips.
“Thornton has a population of about 2,000 people, but I’m sandwiched between Glenrothes, which has about 50,000 people, and Kirkcaldy, which has about 60,000, so there’s a massive market there, as well as lots of little villages that I hope to draw people in from.”
Colin plans to grow the business by buying the best produce, using locally and sustainably sourced ingredients and being consistent.
He adds: “I’m really excited and it’s really great to be on my own again as my last two businesses I’ve had with partners. It’s great to be in control, even if it does mean doing my own potatoes!
“I’m looking forward to educating my customers on the different varieties of fish and trying to push them away from choosing just haddock.”
Currently open Tuesday to Sunday, Colin hopes to employ a second frier once trade has increased and operate seven days a week.
Colin has been in the fish and chip industry for more than 30 years having owned the Frying Scotsman in Kinghorn, Fife, as well as being a partner in Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife and Tail End in Leith. He went on to open Cromars in 2013 with business partner William Frame, which won the regional title for Scotland in the Independent Takeaway category at the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards.