For 18 years, Captain Cod has been the go-to fish and chip shop in Hoddesdon, with the queue of customers snaking out of the door (particularly on a Friday and Saturday evening) the stuff of local legend. Now, after a month-long closure to completely refurbish the High Street shop, it has reopened with a totally fresh and modern new look, and even a new name – Captain’s Fish and Chips. It is still run by the same owners, Tony Forgione and his brothers Luigi and Libby, who opened it back in 1998. Tony and his brothers are the third generation of their family to have been in the fish and chip business, so they know how to cook Britain’s traditional national takeaway dish to perfection. Originally based down the A10 in Tottenham and Edmonton, Tony’s grandfather started with a mobile fish and chip van before buying a shop that was right outside the Spurs football ground. The shop remained there until Spurs recently bought the building to make way for their new stadium development. As the Forgiones built their business they moved out of London, and opened the also famous Mr Luigi’s fish and chip shop in Harlow (you’ll still see their Smart cars everywhere around town ferrying takeaway fish and chips to hungry customers). The family’s expertise in the takeaway food industry is such that they bought (and sold) several Papa John’s pizza franchises and currently own Huckleberry Chicken franchises as well as Nazeing Fish and Chips (formerly known as Wilsons). After spending the last few years developing these other businesses Tony has now turned his attention firmly to repositioning what is now Captain’s Fish and Chips in Hoddesdon. He himself spends a lot of time in London’s on-trend areas such as Shoreditch and Hoxton and he has reflected that style to completely modernise Captain’s, aiming to introduce a new younger generation to fish and chips whilst still keeping his traditional customers happy. Captain’s is now open plan, so you can see everything going on in the kitchen, and also has some tables and chairs for casual dining, so if you’re in town and fancy sitting down to eat great fish and chips you can now do so for the same price as a takeaway. The revamp of the shop involves a striking feature wall with images of great British icons covering subjects as diverse as Only Fools and Horses, musicians and James Bond – see you how many you can name whilst waiting for your fish and chips! – as well as smart bespoke signage. The modern approach also extends to the food – fish is from sustainable resources and a state of the art new fryer means all chips are double cooked for extra flavour. The homemade tartare sauce (to a secret family recipe) remains another great reason to visit and all takeaway boxes are biodegradable and recyclable too. Tony explained: “Fish and chips is a great British tradition and it will always be here. Our family business has great experience in fish and chips – it’s what we do.” Captain’s Fish and Chips 60 High Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8ET 01992 443043