About us and the shop history
Circa 1998 2017
The Walmer Fish & Chips is an Italian run family run business, established in March 1997.
Giancarlo and Carolina (siblings) have been working side by side since a very young age, helping their mum and dad to run the shop ans have recently taken over the family business, thus continuing the tradition of fish and chips that runs in the family.
It is very common to find Italians serving fish and chips, ever more so in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This trend started just before the First World War where a lot of Italians migrated northward in search of work. Most Italians opened coffee shops, ice-cream parlours, but a lot also opened fish and chips shops earning the Italians a good reputation in the catering industry.
Luisa (mother) comes from an Italian family with a lot of experience in the fish and chips industry in Ireland. She perfected her skills in her father's shop, the Fingal Cafe, in Swords, Co. Dublin.
After having retraced her roots back to Italy for some years she met and married Carlo, and they decided to open a shop of their own in the lovely seaside town of Deal, just a few miles from the world famous port of Dover, in the garden of England, Kent.
The Walmer Fish and Chips was established in March 1997. The business was previously known as Papas Fish and Chips for many years and some locals still refer to it as such.
The name "Walmer" comes from 'Walmer Green' a grassy area situated just across the road from the shop, which in the summer hosts a variety of different events such as concerts, motor shows and boot fairs.
Before being a Fish and Chip shop, the premises was used as a fruit and vegetable shop, and before the conversion to a shop front it used to be a typical Victorian style residence, like other buildings on the same road.
The Walmer Fish and Chips shop holds a prominent position in the ranking of best fish and chips shops in the area...
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For more information on the Italian involvement in the Fish and Chips trade, one can watch this video: