This month we can learn a bit more about Mark, owner of West Vale Fisheries. This shop has regular customers from Halifax and Lindley for the fish and chips that are served in a box. The box keeps the freshly battered fish hot and crispy, even after a 10 minute journey home! (as experienced by the editor). Let’s find out more…
* How long have you been in the fish & chip business?
I previously owned hotels and bars and moved over to Fish and Chips in 2001 when I bought Brackenbed Fisheries on Pellon Lane. I also own West Vale Fisheries and Mr Chips at Ovenden.
* What’s the best bit about your job?
I love meeting and greeting customers and making friends with my regular customers.
* What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I go to the gym every day, this is my relaxation and where I socialise.
* What’s your favourite drink if you have one
I love a daily large Latte with 3 shots, with honey to sweeten it, from Nero’s in Halifax.
* Favourite food
I still love my mum’s Lamb Casserole best of all!
* Favourite local restaurant / pub and why
I live in Huddersfield now, so like to visit an Italian restaurant called Primo as I really like Italian food.
* What’s been your most memorable experience?
I have two: My first was spending the day and evening with George Best and our wives, we went to Manchester and had a brilliant time. He was sober the whole day! My second was spending 2 hours sitting with Mike Tyson, he told me lots of stories about his life and even showed me photos of his children on his phone. Amazing!
* Favourite Book – why?
My Favourite book is Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. I respect Mandela and the everything he stood for.
* Desert Island Disc?
Frank Sinatra – I did It My Way! It’s my theme tune really!
* What’s at the top of your ‘must have’ experiences list still to do?
I really want to visit Mohamed Ali’s final resting place in Kentucky, USA. I never met him and couldn’t get over to the funeral so I would like to pay my respects to him at the cemetery.
* Do you have any hidden talents?
I used to play football when I was younger, for the Halifax Reserves when Halifax Town FC was in the the 4th division of the league.
* What excites you most about Halifax this coming year?
It has to be the opening of The Piece Hall, everyone’s talking about it! I hope it brings lots of people to the town and prosperity with it.
Visit facebook.com/westvalefisheries for more info and the latest news from Mark and his team.