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Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips for TV’s Mark Jenkins

David Hanbury and the staff at Hanbury’s were only too pleased to welcome Mark Jenkins, the star of Channel 4 programme “The Hotel” recently. Mark Jenkins and his mum were visiting the Babbacombe fish and chip restaurant as it is her favourite restaurant.

Mark and his mum enjoyed the usual Hanbury’s award-winning fish and chips and great service before Mark posed with some of the staff for a photo.

David Hanbury said “Mark and his mother have visited us a number of times and we were delighted to see them.” He added “It was lovely to get a photo with Mark after their meal, especially for one of our members of staff, Charlotte Brierly, who is particularly a huge fan.”

Channel 4’s film crew were also in tow, filming the visit, but if you want to know if the trip to Hanbury’s made the final cut you’ll have to make sure you watch the last episode which will be screened on Sunday 15 February. In the meantime, you may see Mark when you’re next in Hanbury’s as he says it’s the only place he’ll eat fish.

Mark Jenkins visits Hanburys

Festival Fundraising Total Tops £10,000

The annual Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival event in the Babbacombe Festival Marquee this June raised a staggering £10,480.81. David Hanbury, who organises the event said “I am absolutely delighted with the amount of money that was raised this year. As always, this is a team effort and we’ve had enormous support from sponsors, groups and individuals without whom we couldn’t hope to reach such an amazing total.”

Crowds on Babbacombe Downs on Hanbury's Day

All the money raised has gone to David’s chosen charity, the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) which is a Babbacombe based charity. The THHN gives free holidays to families who have seriously ill and bereaved children, recently bereaved families, couples who have lost a child and to families who have a terminally ill parent and it is a charity that David is particularly keen to support. He said “The work that Luke Tillen and his team do is so important and I’m only too pleased to help provide holidays for more wonderful families here in South Devon. The team at THHN are lovely to work with and their Fundraising Manager, Brian Lewis, deserves special mention for his tireless work helping make the day a success co-ordinating all the volunteers, attending planning meetings and generally helping out wherever required.”

Hundreds of people attended this year’s event and were treated to a line-up that included the Stone Angels, Land of the Giants, Shamrock, Ollie Stephens, a special appearance by the Krankies and headline act, Mama Stones House Band, featuring Phoebe Ions.

Sponsors of this year’s event included Boyce Hatton Solicitors, Babbacombe Garage, Riviera Mortgages, The Babbacombe Inn, The Buccaneer Inn, Angels Tea Rooms, The Rotary Club of Babbacombe and St Marychurch and Child Friendly Matters. The event itself consisted of ten hours of fantastic live music. David said “I thought the line-up we had this year was really fantastic and I have to thank Anais Hay who handled all of the bookings and finer details behind the scenes. I’m also incredibly grateful, of course, to all the Hanbury’s staff who worked so hard serving over one thousand portions of fish and chips on the day. I’m very lucky to have such a great team here at Hanbury’s.”

Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs was the finale of this year’s five days of Babbacombe Festival Marquee activities which, as well as supporting the THHN, also had events which raised money for Rowcroft Hospice, CLIC Sargent, the Poppy Appeal and End Polio Now. David added “Particular thanks must go to Martyn Strange who, for many years now, has provided the spectacular Babbacombe Festival Marquee as well as co-ordinating a selection of events that have been enjoyed by hundreds of people and raised such a lot of money for the various charities supported by the Festival.”

The 2014 Festival was blessed with fantastic summer sun throughout and Babbacombe Downs was full of people enjoying both the weather and the atmosphere at all of the events which also included the Torbay Armed Forces Day which saw crowds lining the street to celebrate with Armed Forces past and present.

David said “Overall this year was definitely the best year we’ve ever had. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout and it was really wonderful to see so many people enjoying what was on offer. Babbacombe Downs is a superb location and what happens up there during Festival week introduces lots of new people to this spectacular location.”

The Festival website www.babbacombefestival.com now has a gallery of pictures so you can re-live all the goings-on from June 2014.

Major Refurbishment for Hanbury’s Fish and Chips

Hanbury’s Fish and Chips has been a fixture in Babbacombe for over 30 years and is now one of the best-known businesses on the English Riviera.  This year however sees a huge refurbishment with the restaurant undergoing a redecoration programme which includes renovating much of the seating and replacing others with light, airy and comfortable Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.

Probably the biggest area of change though is one that most people will never get to see but will definitely get to benefit from.  One of the upstairs rooms in the restaurant is now a kitchen exclusively serving the restaurant. Previously all the food for both the takeaway next door and the restaurant was cooked in the takeaway but all the restaurant food will now be cooked upstairs, much of it on a fantastic new state of the art Dutch Kiremko frying range.  This is a huge investment for the business and David Hanbury says “Hanbury’s of Babbacombe is here to stay and this investment proves that.  The new range will reduce waiting times in the restaurant and with the takeaway kitchen only cooking for takeaway customers, their waiting times will reduce as well.”  He added “Hanbury’s has enjoyed huge success over the past 32 years but, to flourish, any business needs to reinvest.  This new range and our restaurant modernisation is a great way to start the 2014 season with extra efficiency and extra style.  It’s good for the business, it’s good for our customers and it’s good for staff morale too.  Our redecoration in the restaurant has kept a lot of the Hanbury’s classic features that our customers know and love whilst bringing a fresh and modern feel to the surroundings.”

Getting the new range delivered involved taking out an upstairs window and craning the equipment through it.  David said “It was quite a spectacle.  It took 15 minutes to get the range from the road into the room.  It was quite a tricky manoeuvre to say the least but it’s gone in fantastically well and I’m very excited about the difference it will make to our business.”

Hanbury's range arrivingHanbury's range

As well as overseeing the refurbishment project David has also been planning his annual Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival which this year takes place on Sunday 22 June in the Festival Marquee on Babbacombe Downs with a fantastic line-up of live entertainment including Land of the Giants and headline act, Mama Stone’s House Band.  For more information visit www.babbacombefestival.com

Fun and Fundraising at Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips

Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe raised over £800 for Rowcroft on Wednesday 16 October with a special event in aid of the charity as part of Rowcroft’s Dine at Mine campaign.

The famous fish and chip takeaway and restaurant had medium cod and chips on offer all day and then gave over 25% of the proceeds to Rowcroft Hospice.  At the same time there was a silly hat competition and the best 25 silly hats were awarded a £25 Hanbury’s restaurant voucher each.

Silly hat fun at Hanbury's

David Hanbury said “As always we had great support from our customers.  Everyone seems to be very happy to support our charity days and I am extremely grateful for that.  I have a fantastic team here and everyone really pulls out all the stops when we do this kind of event.  It’s a lovely, friendly atmosphere and our customers seem to appreciate that.”  He added “People really got into our silly hat competition too and we had all sorts of amazing creations through the doors.”  David and his team all joined in the silly hat wearing and, once the frying was over, sat down to look through all the pictures of people in silly hats and pick their 25 winners. 

David said “Rowcroft is an amazing place and I’m only to happy to be able to support it in this way. Local people really appreciate having such a wonderful organisation in the area and we had Rowcroft buckets for donations which will be given straight to Rowcroft and will hopefully contain lots more money.”

For the latest on the fundraising day and to see a selection of the silly hats on display have a look at the Hanbury’s Facebook page.

Hanbury’s Rowcroft Charity Day

Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe has announced a special charity day in aid of Rowcroft Hospice as part of the charity’s Dine at Mine campaign.

On Wednesday 16 October, in both the takeaway and restaurant, Hanbury’s is not only taking 35% off the price of medium cod and chips, it’s then giving 25% of the proceeds (net of VAT) to Rowcroft Hospice.  David Hanbury said “We like to support Rowcroft with some kind of charity event each year.  Rowcroft provides such a vital service locally and is run by a fantastic group of people.  I am only too delighted to be able to join in with their Dine at Mine campaign and hope that we have a bumper day of serving fish and chips.  By cutting the price for the day, it also acts as a thank you to all our regular customers and hopefully brings some new people along to give Hanbury’s a try.”

David added “This year we’re adding a bit of extra fun to the occasion with a silly hat competition. We’re hoping that people will enter into the spirit and come along for their fish and chips wearing a silly hat.  We’ll be taking photos all day and, at the end of the event, will pick our favourite 25 silliest hats.  Each winner will then receive a £25 voucher to spend in Hanbury’s restaurant.”

As well as being famous for its great fish and chips, Hanbury’s is also well known locally for doing all sorts of fundraising which David says the staff really enjoy being a part of.  He says “I have a great team here at Hanbury’s and they’re all very keen on the idea and ready to get dressed up and have a bit of fun whilst fundraising.”

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The event will run in the takeaway and restaurant from 11.30am to 2pm and again from 5pm to 9pm.  For more information visit www.hanburys.net or look on their Facebook or Twitter pages.