New look for Bryan's as famous chippie goes up-market

A TOP Leeds chippie has moved up-market with a refurbishment and more additions to its traditional "one of each" fayre.

Bryan's fish restaurant in Headingley has for more than 70 years been a favourite of clientele who include visitors to Test matches and rugby games at the nearby Headingley sports ground - including the players.

The business has been owned by one of the city's best-known entrepreneurs, Jan Fletcher OBE, since 1984.

It originally opened in 1934 under the name of its owner, John Bryan.

Now alongside traditional haddock and chips and mushy peas the menu features dishes such as champagne and lobster, fresh prawn salad, salmon with asparagus hollandaise, pan fried cod on a minted mushy pea puree and salmon fishcakes with a lime and ginger dip, seafood pie, queen scallops with cheese and garlic butter and smoked haddock Florentine as well as homemade beef burger and vegetarian options.

Jan said: "There have been a lot of newcomers into Headingley in recent years who think we are just about great fish and chips. In designing our new look, the challenge has been to stay welcoming to our regulars as well as appealing to newer, younger audiences.

"We've increased our range of seafood and healthy options and even added more meat and vegetarian dishes to accommodate business entertainment and groups of friends. "We want Bryan's to become more of a 'local restaurant' for people living around here."

Other new introductions include a smart new exterior, branded menus and staff uniforms.

The restaurant is frequented by celebrities such as David Jason, Michael Parkinson, the England teams for cricket, rugby and football as well as the casts of soaps such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

Sue Bray, managing director of Bryan's, said: "Diners are generally more adventurous in their tastes. King prawn curry, seafood lasagne and tuna nicoise are some of the recent additions to our menus."

When John Bryan senior opened his restaurant in 1934, King George V was on the throne; James Ramsey MacDonald was Prime Minister; and Burton's clothing factory in Leeds was the largest in the world.

The Bryan family owned the restaurant for the next 50 years with son Albert taking over in 1959 and his son, John, taking over in 1980

Today annual turnover is 1.25m.

Bryan's sells more than 5,000 portions of fish a week of which 85pc is traditional fish and chips – mostly haddock.

Jan Fletcher is an international businesswoman with a substantial portfolio of business interests including international property investment and development, natural health products, motor retailing and accident repair centres, pharmaceuticals and restaurants. She was appointed the first chairman of Marketing Leeds in May 2005.

In 1994 Jan was named the Veuve Clicquot British Business Woman of the Year and in 1995 Yorkshire Woman of the Year. In 1997 she was awarded an OBE and in 1999 was named one of Britain's Top Entrepreneurs.