Our History

A Potted History

the story of Ripley's beguinnings

Ripley's Terry and Margaret
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"Fish and Chips have been in my family since my father, Terry went into partnership with his brother-in-law Richard, having the ambition of turning a run down Chippy in Wirksworth into a smart fish and chip restaurant. It wasn’t until recently that Terry finally hung up his frying jacket after more than sixty years, filleting fish and eyeing the odd spud! That is what makes Ripley’s part of the Great British Fish and Chip family tradition."

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"The history of Ripley’s Fish and Chips, formally Crest of the Wave, began way back in 1954. The restaurant in Wirksworth at this time supported a fresh fish annex where my father ‘Hawked’ fish around the surrounding villages. In those days boxes of fresh fish were collected from Cromford railway station early in the morning: washed, filleted and put out ready for the sale. After a hard day in his van selling fresh fish, it was home for tea for Terry before putting in a shift until midnight at the fish and chip shop. Three years later the business moved into the Derbyshire market town of Ripley, opening a restaurant on Grosvenor Road, followed by a shop in Heanor a year later. These two restaurants were the foundation for the quality, value and high standards of service that is still evident today. Due to growing business, the Grosvenor Road restaurant soon needed bigger premises and in the mid 70’s moved to its present site in New Street. The New Street premises previously housed cycle works, electrical shop and the town's first Chinese restaurant!"

Ripley's Frith History
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"My parents, Terry and Margaret, (despite now being well past retirement age) were until recently regularly seen working in the restaurant. To this day, Terry’s lifetime of experience with fish is still valued here at ‘Ripley’s’. His knowledge has now been passed on to me, Cris. All the fish is cooked by ‘Ripley’s’ is either hand sliced or filleted daily and most importantly… we only use fish that is caught from a sustainable source. The same care and attention are taken with our chips, the potatoes are still peeled and eyed daily. We are constantly working with our trusted suppliers to ensure the best quality at all times. A program to refurbish and improve our restaurant has now taken place, to make sure that your fish and chips are enjoyed in the best possible environment so that we can continue to say, that we are serving Derbyshire’s Finest Fish and Chips… the Best Naturally!"