£80,000 revamp for iconic Leeds chippie

Brett's restaurant director Fiona Gibson with Rhinos players Josh Williams and Mitch Achurch.
Brett's restaurant director Fiona Gibson with Rhinos players Josh Williams and Mitch Achurch.
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A Leeds fish and chip takeaway and restaurant beloved by rugby league and cricket stars for decades has undergone its fist major revamp since the 1930s.

Brett’s of Headingley has remained largely unchanged since Arthur Brett started selling fried fish and chips from a stone cottage on North Lane in 1921.

Anne and Peter Scott had served up fish suppers to test match crowds and cricket and rugby legends for 15 years before selling the business in June.

New owners the Gibson family have spent £80,000 refurbishing one of Leeds’ oldest chippies.

The takeaway has a Leeds Rhinos theme, with yellow, blue and white tiles.

Leeds Rhinos stars Jamie Peacock, Brad Singleton and Mitch Achurch, turned up for a fish supper at the re-launch and re-naming party yesterday.

Brett’s has been re-named Charlie Brett’s after Arthur Brett’s son Charlie, who ran the business for many years.

Renowned Yorkshire chef Wayne Brimicombe, who has worked under Gary Rhodes and Jean-Christophe Novelli, is overseeing the kitchen and takeaway.

The famous fish and chips will still be a main feature, but the new menu also includes local game, steaks and vegetarian options.

Father and daughter business team Richard, 64, and Fiona Gibson, 35, are behind the project.

Richard Gibson, from Bramley, has been watching cricket matches at Headingley since he was a child and is a member of Yorkshire Cricket Taverners. The Gibson family run major shrink wrap producing business Marpak, which has two factories in Leeds.

Fiona Gibson said: “We are still doing good old fish and chips to the same recipe that people love.

“But the restaurant was a bit stuck in the 1930s when they did a refurbishment and it hadn’t changed since.” Miss Gibson said the sporting links are still strong with images of a string of cricket and rugby league stars adorning the restaurant’s walls.

– Legendary Yorkshire and England batsman Herbert Sutcliffe was a regular customer at Brett’s in the 1930s and 1940s.

And BBC cricket correspondent John Arlott liked Brett’s so much that he held his retirement party there.

Yorkshire and England batsman turned pundit Geoffrey Boycott is a regular customer.

David Gower, Dickie Bird, and commentator Henry Blofeld have also tucked in to fish and chips at Brett’s.

Other cricket stars who have dined at Brett’s include Graeme Swann, Michael Vaughn and Mike Gatting.

Former Leeds and Great Britain rugby league stars who have been regulars at Brett’s over the years include Lewis Jones and John Bentley

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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