Harry Ramsden’s History

Fish and Chips is considered a British Staple. This mouth watering combo of crispy batter fried fish on a pile of piping hot chips is a must try for all the food lovers.

With over 90 years of experience, Harry Ramsden’s has been serving up its famous fish and chips since 1928. As a result, they have excelled at it. Fish & Chips has continued to be the preferred dish of the country during that time, and they are happy to have served it at amazing places all around the country, including our 420-seat restaurant in Bournemouth, one of the biggest in the world!

1928 – Harry Ramsden built his first Fish & Chip restaurant. He spent £150 on a little wooden hut at the White Cross tram stop in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. The popularity of Harry Ramsden’s Fish & Chips quickly extended throughout the world. Harry proceeded to build a solid reputation for high-quality chippy food by supplying it to nearby mills like Moons and Peates.

1931-  He opened his first restaurant in the same White Cross location. Harry Ramsden’s restaurant was second only to The Ritz in London in terms of glitz, complete with wall-to-wall fitted carpets, oak paneled walls, and stunning chandeliers. Diners soon flocked there from all over the world as word spread that it had the best fish and chips. They were frequently entertained by piano recitals by Harry Corbett, the uncle of Sooty and Sweep creator Harry Ramsden.

1952 – When 10,000 customers went to join in and celebrate the legendary restaurant’s 21st birthday, the eatery broke the Guinness World Record for the most portions of fish and chips served in a single day. With a team of more than 50 fryers and kind queue management from the local police!

The present Harry Ramsden’s restaurants are intertwined with Harry’s legacy, and we are passionate about carrying on the high standards, nostalgia, and quality that made his Fish & Chips famous worldwide.

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