Chippie to reopen

July 04 2018

One of the best loved fish and chip shops in Filton is set to reopen to the delight of customers.

by Keri Beckingham
One of the best loved fish and chip shops in Filton is set to reopen to the delight of customers.
The Jolly Fryer was opened by Stamatis Lomvardos in April 1986, and after owning the fish and chip shop on Filton Avenue for nearly 32 years, his sons Andreas and Spiros Lomvardos decided to move on in March.
As previously reported in Filton Voice, although new owners had previously stepped in to take over, a spokesman for The Jolly Fryer confirmed that they had subsequently pulled out.
However since then, Nick Lomvardos – who worked at the Jolly Fryer with his dad and brothers until 2010 when he bought the Bishopston Fish Bar – has confirmed he is back and ready to reopen the shop in his dad’s memory. In the eight years that he’s owned Bishopston Fish Bar, they have won 15 awards and have been named as one of the top 20 UK shops in the National Fish and Chip Shop of The Year competition.
The news that the Jolly Fryer is to reopen as Ocean Catch was posted by Nick on the Filton News and Views Facebook page on Saturday, June 16. Since then, the post has received 180 likes and 70 comments from locals who have said “so pleased you’re coming back”, “we have missed you” and that they can’t wait to visit when the shop is back up and running.
Speaking to Filton Voice about his decision to take the shop over, Nick said: “Dad died on May 27 last year, and it broke my heart more than anyone I think as he taught me everything I knew about fish and chips. I couldn’t stand the thought of the shop being empty and closed up, and so I’m doing this for him.
“My parents worked hard for that place and I want to see it open again.
“Dad really was the Jolly Fryer and as we’ve lost him I wanted to move away from the Jolly Fryer name. Ocean Catch will not be doing what the Jolly Fryer used to do, so there won’t be any kebabs on the menu, but like we do at Bishopston I want to give people quality, traditional fish and chips. It will be a small menu and at least 50% of products will be homemade such as fishcakes, beef burgers and tartare sauce. I am also going to add in some gluten-free options.
“I’m also going to be spending a bit of money to do the place up, and there will be a photo of my dad in there and a plaque in his memory as well.
 “My passion is fish and chips, and after 32 years I still enjoy doing it. For me the perfect fish and chips is all about the basics, and at Ocean Catch we’ll be following in the footsteps of what we do so well at Bishopston Fish Bar. That means changing the oil every Friday, peeling and chipping the spuds and making the batter fresh every day, and de-boning and cutting the fish on the day, too.
“The day I left the Jolly Fryer it broke my heart, as over 24 years I made a lot of friends, and now I want to give the people of Filton the best fish and chips this side of town.”
Nick plans to split his time working between the two shops, and is hoping to open Ocean Catch in September. He has confirmed that he will also be recruiting locally for staff nearer the time and has plans to do something special for customers on their first day, too – details to follow!