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Harry Ramsden's is a worldwide restaurant chain dedicated to traditional British-style fish and chips. A typical restaurant in uptown Manhattan A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... The example shows modern packaging. ...

Based in the UK, the business has over 170 owned and franchised outlets internationally, and serves around 10 million people annually. It has locations in Saudi Arabia and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Franchising (from the French for honesty or freedom[1]) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and proven methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of Magic Kingdom. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

The Guiseley branch of Harry Ramsden's
The Guiseley branch of Harry Ramsden's

The business was started by Harry Ramsden (1888-1963) in 1928 in a wooden hut in White Cross in Guiseley near Leeds. Three years later he moved into a 'fish and chip palace', complete with fitted carpets, oak paneled walls and chandeliers. The original hut still stands on the same site adjacent to the main restaurant, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest fish and chip shop in the world, seating 250 people, serving nearly a million customers a year [1]. Prices were steep. The Restaurant in Guiseley remains and is run by Nicola Haigh who is licensee. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (2681 × 1221 pixel, file size: 340 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A picture of the Guiseley branch of Harry Ramsdens, taken by myself, Mark Morton, on 25 March 2007. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 364 pixelsFull resolution (2681 × 1221 pixel, file size: 340 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A picture of the Guiseley branch of Harry Ramsdens, taken by myself, Mark Morton, on 25 March 2007. ... Guiseley is a small town in Metropolitan Borough of Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Otley. ... Guiseley is a small town in Metropolitan Borough of Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Otley. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... A carpet is any loom-woven, felted textile or grass floor covering. ... Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus, and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ... A chandelier in the U.S. vice presidents ceremonial office in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House grounds. ...

However it is well known that the original restaurant has been suffering from falling customers, and suffering from vast losses. In 2007 the customer car-park was sold for £1 million, the original restaurant could be sold in 2008.

The restaurant is famous for the Harry Ramsden challenge where patrons who manage to finish a very large meal of fish and chips receive a certificate and sometimes a complimentary dessert depending on the individual restaurant. A certificate is an official document affirming some fact. ... A selection of desserts Dessert is not a meal that can be withstanding by itself. ...

In 1988, it was floated on the London Stock Exchange. In October 1999, it was bought by the Granada food service company for £20m, who added the brand to their motorway service stations (and Little Chefs). The average price of fish and chips at their restaurants at re-named Moto service stations is at least £7. Granada became the Select Service Partner UK Ltd division of Compass in 2000. SSP Group was essentially the travel catering division of Compass - all the brands found at Moto service stations. In April 2006, the company was split in two when Compass sold off SSP for £1,822m; the airports and railway station division was sold to EQT Partners of Sweden (who also own Findus) and the Moto service station division was bought by Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia. These are simply equity companies, and all running of the company is done by SSP, based in Weybridge in Surrey. Compass can also use the Harry Ramsden brand at its outlets in offices and universities. The Source by Greyworld, in the new LSE building Paternoster Square. ... Granada Limited (previously called Granada plc, Granada Group plc and Granada Media plc) is a former British media and previously catering conglomerate, best known as the former parent of Granada Television Limited. ... Little Chef is a chain of roadside restaurants in the United Kingdom, founded in 1958 and owned by the UK private equity group RCapital. ... Moto Hospitality is a company which operates motorway service stations in the UK. It is owned by the Compass Group. ... The British company Compass Group is one of the largest food service businesses in the world. ... EQT Partners (acronym from equity?) is a private equity firm with approximately 6 billion euros in equity capital. ... Findus is a company that produces and retails frozen food. ... Macquarie Bank Limited is an Australian merchant bank and financial services group, providing a broad range of products and services to investors, corporations and government. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4,200,000 people, and 151,920 in the City of Sydney. ... Map of Weybridge (from OpenStreetMap) Weybridge Heath, showing scrub clearance area Weybridge is a town in the Elmbridge district of Surrey in South East England. ... Should not be confused with Surry. ...


Licensing of the brand

Under the name of the brand, Premier Foods make mushy peas (since April 2006), and Ross Youngs (owned by Heinz since October 1999) make frozen fish and oven chips. These licenses are administered by Golden Goose of Shoreditch. Premier Foods plc is a British based food manufacturer headquartered in St Albans. ... Mushy peas Mushy peas are dried marrowfat peas which are first soaked overnight and then simmered until they form a bright green paste. ... H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ), commonly known as Heinz, famous for both its 57 Varieties slogan and its British commercial jingle Beanz Meanz Heinz, was founded in 1869 by Henry John Heinz in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, United States—a borough adjoining Pittsburgh. ... French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or just fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth), are pieces of potato that have been cut into batons and deep-fried. ... Shoreditch Town Hall Shoreditch is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. ...

The Challenge

A certificate is issued to those who can complete the Harry Ramsden's Challenge. The certificate is awarded to anybody who can devour a giant piece of battered cod, extra large portion of chips and a large serving of both mushy peas and tartar sauce. The time challenge is however, discouraged.


  • Harry Corbett of Sooty fame was a nephew of Harry Ramsden and played the piano in his uncle's original restaurant. [2]

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External link

  • Harry Ramsden's website
  • Reviews at Ciao!
  • Review of oven chips at Ciao!
  • Four more reviews
  • Review of Manchester restaurant at DooYoo
  • Paging system for customers
  • Moto outlets
  • Bought by Granada in October 1999
  • Split in two in 2006
  • Document about sale of SSP UK

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Harry Ramsden's, the UK's best known fish and chip restaurant chain, has given Clear a brief to help the Yorkshire-founded eaterie's management relaunch the brand across the UK.
The task was to develop a new brand positioning that "reflected Harry's unique heritage as the leading provider of authentic, high quality fish and chips", while "communicating that it now also serves a whole new range of dishes, from the traditional to the exotic".
Harry Ramsden's is the UK brand leader in fish and chips, operating full-service restaurants, including one in Salford, express formats in shopping malls and smaller units in transit locations on the motorways and in airports.
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