A Few Questions Answered


“When did Hanbury’s start business?”

January 1982 – David & Maureen took over the takeaway and opened the restaurant in March 1997.

David Hanbury started his working life in engineering where he stayed for 17 years.  David decided he fancied a new challenge and the Hanbury family wanted to stay in the Torbay area so they moved into the food business and Hanbury’s Fish and Chips was born.

Many years on, David is still very much involved in the business and enjoys nothing better than cooking his award-winning fish & chips!

Where do Hanbury’s buy their fish from?

Our MSC Cod and MSC line caught Haddock are caught in the deep, cold, unpolluted waters of the north- East Atlantic around Iceland and Norway and the Barent Sea, north of Russia. These fisheries are very efficiently managed with fishermen and scienstists working together to ensure sustainability of the fishery. Unlike EU fisheries, discarding fish overboard is not allowed and all fish must be brought back into port to be sold. Fishermen will buy other fishing vessels’ fish quota so they may land their catch and sell it legally.

Our plaice, lemon sole, monkfish, john dory and hake are all landed in South West Ports, which include Brixham, Plymouth, Looe, Polpero and Newlyn. We only buy from reputable suppliers who are able to track back to where their fish was landed and can actually name the trawler that caught the fish.

We are currently working with fisheries officers from the Marine Conservation Society to ensure our supplies of fish are from sustainable sources and are also looking at new sustainable species of fish for our customers to eat. We are also guided by our suppliers, Seafish( the authority on sea food) and the Marine Stewardship Council in respect of sustainability matters.

Sustainability is the key to secure the future of seafood

Hanbury’s fish is purchased from suppliers who adopt ethical practices and source sustainable fish. If you would like to know more about sustainable fishing then visit www.goodfishes.org.uk

Where do Hanbury’s potatoes come from?

Our potatoes are now mainly grown in Cornwall and are mainly: Sagitta, Agria, Accord and Maris Piper. However, we do purchase from other areas of the country and choose other varieties when we need to. This may depend on season, weather and demand.

Local sourcing

Our excellent pork sausages and beef burgers are made by local butcher Orsmans of Shaldon, (near Teignmouth) and our delicious ice-cream is made near Plymouth by Salcombe Dairy. As you can see, we buy local produce where possible.

However, quality is of paramount importance to Hanbury’s and we will buy outside our local area and from abroad to provide the best quality food to our customers.

Nutrition Information

Typical nutrition in fried cod and chips (typical values per 100g).  Source 1LS 21/01/2015

Energy – 251kcal, Protein – 5.1g, Carbohydrate – 10.9g (of which sugars 0.25g), Fat – 7g (of which saturates 3.6g), Fibre – 1g, Sodium – 0.04g

Although we fry in vegetable oil there may be small traces of animal fat in our oil.

Marine Conservation Society

Hanbury’s is proud to be a member of the Marine Conservation Society. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is a charity that cares for our seas, shores and wildlife. We wholeheartedly back the MCS in its bid to reduce overfishing and promote sustainable seafood alternatives.

The MCS runs a number of projects and campaigns to secure a future for our living seas and to save threatened sea life before it is lost forever including running the biggest volunteer beach clean network, campaigns to help local communities become plastic bag free, it provides a clean beach guide and has set up marine turtle conservation projects at home and abroad.

The MCS produces a Good Fish Guide which helps consumers choose sustainable seafood. Their pocket guide is available to pick up free at Hanbury’s. There is not a lack of fish to eat but this guide helps consumers make an informed choice about which type of fish to choose.

The work of the MCS ensures that the sea’s rich wildlife can be restored, fish stocks grown more plentiful and our beaches and seawater become cleaner.

Marine Stewardship Council

Hanbury’s cod and haddock is now certified by the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody standard for seafood traceability which means that our fish can be traced back to a fishery that meets the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing.

This ensures that all the companies involved in getting the fish from its source to your plate have been certified. To get this certification businesses must be audited to show that they have effective traceability, storage and record-keeping systems. As well as ensuring the fish that you eat is from a sustainable source, the Chain of Custody also helps to keep illegally caught fish out of the seafood supply chain.

The MSC’s fishery certification programme recognises and rewards sustainable fishing. It is a global organisation working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public, to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.

I hope you found this information of interest.

Please do your bit towards sustainability – try something different today!

Bon appétit!

David Hanbury