A new partnership with Punch Taverns has seen the iconic fish-and-chip brand make its first ever foray into pubs
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If one had to name some of the great British institutions, there’s a fair chance that the chippy and the pub would feature in most people’s lists. And now, following a new partnership between iconic fish-and-chip brand Harry Ramsden's and pub company Punch Taverns, the two institutions have come together for the very first time.
The partnership will see Harry Ramsden’s take over the day-to-day operations of the Wingerworth in Chesterfield, which relaunches as Harry Ramsden’s at the Wingerworth tomorrow (Tuesday March 15). The pub has undergone a refurbishment as part of the deal with Punch – which still owns the premises – with fish and chips to be accompanied on the menu by more pub-friendly fare including steaks and Sunday roasts. As well as lunch and dinner, the pub will also serve breakfast and afternoon tea.
It becomes the fourth concept to be introduced to the Harry Ramsden’s estate – alongside its takeaway, full-service and hybrid models – as part of its ambitious growth plan for the UK. And while it's not currently available to franchisees, it's clear the pub concept will be a big part of Harry Ramsden's plans going forward.
“The classic Harry Ramsden’s model is perfectly suited to the outlets we currently operate,” said Joe Teixeira, CEO of Harry Ramsden’s. “We are, however, taking advantage of our entrance into a new market and believe this presents the perfect opportunity to evolve the brand and further extend the modern day face of Harry’s to a new generation of customers. As well as our partnership with Punch, I fully expect further opportunities within [the] licensed trade sector to come to fruition in the very near future and so we continue towards achieving our growth objectives with confidence."
Sounds like a match made in heaven to us.