A recently opened restaurant, bar and takeaway in the Vale of Belvoir is serving traditional fish and chips in a modern environment.
The John Dory on Rutland Square, Barkestone-le-Vale was opened four months ago by Ben Wood, who noticed a lack of places to buy the classic dish within the Vale.
While working as head chef at The Wheel Inn at Branston, still owned by his brother Tom, Ben came up with the idea behind The John Dory.
“I always thought The Vale needed a good chippy and after a break from cooking I really wanted to go back to basics and produce one thing done well, and like everyone else I just love good fish and chips, but struggle to find it,” said Ben.
After buying and converting Barkestone-le-Vale’s former Chequers Inn into a modern restaurant, complete with a fish-frying range at its centre, Ben set about sourcing high quality fresh fish.
Ben said: “The fish is delivered daily from Grimsby fish market and cut from the larger cod and haddock to achieve a superior texture after frying.
“Whenever possible we fry the fish to order and use vegetable or rapeseed oil, not animal fats. This is one of the factors in producing our light, crisp batter. People have told us our fish and chips is the best they have ever tasted, and one of the reasons is because the fish has not been through the freezing process.”
As well as fish dish favourites like cod and haddock, customers can enjoy modern twists including a chippy sausage with curry sauce or battered halloumi and mango chutney with their chips, while there is also a range of meat and fish pies and a selection of homemade deserts.
The John Dory’s bar means customers can enjoy all this with a pint or glass of wine, or they can collect food to take away for a cosy supper at home.
To book call The John Dory on 01949 358675, and for more details visit www.the johndory.co.uk