Major Refurbishment for Hanbury’s Fish and Chips

Hanbury’s Fish and Chips has been a fixture in Babbacombe for over 30 years and is now one of the best-known businesses on the English Riviera.  This year however sees a huge refurbishment with the restaurant undergoing a redecoration programme which includes renovating much of the seating and replacing others with light, airy and comfortable Lloyd Loom wicker chairs.

Probably the biggest area of change though is one that most people will never get to see but will definitely get to benefit from.  One of the upstairs rooms in the restaurant is now a kitchen exclusively serving the restaurant. Previously all the food for both the takeaway next door and the restaurant was cooked in the takeaway but all the restaurant food will now be cooked upstairs, much of it on a fantastic new state of the art Dutch Kiremko frying range.  This is a huge investment for the business and David Hanbury says “Hanbury’s of Babbacombe is here to stay and this investment proves that.  The new range will reduce waiting times in the restaurant and with the takeaway kitchen only cooking for takeaway customers, their waiting times will reduce as well.”  He added “Hanbury’s has enjoyed huge success over the past 32 years but, to flourish, any business needs to reinvest.  This new range and our restaurant modernisation is a great way to start the 2014 season with extra efficiency and extra style.  It’s good for the business, it’s good for our customers and it’s good for staff morale too.  Our redecoration in the restaurant has kept a lot of the Hanbury’s classic features that our customers know and love whilst bringing a fresh and modern feel to the surroundings.”

Getting the new range delivered involved taking out an upstairs window and craning the equipment through it.  David said “It was quite a spectacle.  It took 15 minutes to get the range from the road into the room.  It was quite a tricky manoeuvre to say the least but it’s gone in fantastically well and I’m very excited about the difference it will make to our business.”


As well as overseeing the refurbishment project David has also been planning his annual Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival which this year takes place on Sunday 22 June in the Festival Marquee on Babbacombe Downs with a fantastic line-up of live entertainment including Land of the Giants and headline act, Mama Stone’s House Band.  For more information visit

Fish and Chip Lunch for Torbay Dementia Action Alliance

A group of Friends of the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance (TDAA) enjoyed a delicious fish and chip lunch courtesy of Hanbury’s of Babbacombe recently.  The group of 20 consisted of carers and people who have a diagnosis of Dementia. Chairman of the TDAA, Norman McNamara, said “We had a lovely lunch and are very grateful to David Hanbury for inviting us.  Not only were the fish and chips delicious but the atmosphere was inviting, understanding and relaxing and that makes all the difference.”

David Hanbury said “It was lovely to see Norrms and the group and give them some fish and chips.  They really are a great bunch and to be able to sit down and enjoy a meal and have a chat and catch up with them all was an absolute pleasure.”

Hanbury’s is one of many local businesses that is Dementia Aware which means that its staff have undergone training from Norman to raise awareness of dementia, its symptoms and how staff can be sensitive to those affected by it. Norman said “David has always been a supporter of the TDAA, right from day one, for which we are extremely grateful.” Norman offers this simple training to any business interested in ensuring that its staff are aware of the issues that people diagnosed with Dementia have to deal with.  It’s completely free and Norman would be delighted to hear from any businesses interested in talking more about it.

In good news for those dealing with Dementia there is now a free GPS system that will be delivered to hundreds of people shortly, thanks to Ostrich Care, which will keep people safe and well.  In fact, the national call centre for this service will be housed in Torquay which Norman is particularly pleased about.  Norman is sure that this will make a huge difference to families everywhere and urges anyone with Dementia to talk to their local care trust about the system.

For more information on the work of the TDAA visit their website at

Fan-Dabi-Dozi Fish and Chips

David Hanbury has teamed up with local celebrities, the Krankies, to produce a series of new ads for Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe.

When David was planning some new radio ads he suddenly thought of his very good friends, Ian and Janette, asked them if they’d like to take part and they were delighted to. The Krankies have been in show business for over 40 years, starring in many TV and stage shows, travelling the world and winning all sorts of awards.  They still travel extensively and regularly appear in panto but their home is in Torquay.

Janette says “We’ve known David for years and were only too happy to feature in his new series of ads. We had a great time recording the ads at Heart and Tim Fortune, their Senior Creative Manager, did a wonderful job of writing some ads that really captured what David was trying to achieve but in a very Krankies style.”

David said “I’m delighted with the ads.  They’re wonderful fun and I think will go down well with our customers.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say that they’re fan-dabi-dozi.”  He added “Ian and Janette have been very supportive of me and always come along to our June Music Festival on Babbacombe Downs and help entertain the crowds.  It’s brilliant to hear a marquee full of 500 people laughing and having a good time and that’s what the Krankies bring to any event.”

The ads will appear throughout the year on Heart Radio and Palm FM and there’s a special extra one to promote the Music Festival which this year will be on Sunday 22 June and will again be raising money for local charity, the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network.

The Krankies themselves remain a very busy couple and have recently appeared on television in the final episode of this series of Benidorm which was shown on ITV on Thursday 13 February.

Children are the future!

Children really do matter!

We are proud to be working with Marie and April from the brilliant business ‘Child Friendly Matters’. Their mission is “To improve facilities provided for parents with young children and make the UK the most Child Friendly country in Europe”. We understand how important it is to not only make adults welcome at Hanbury’s, but to welcome children and provide them with materials that will make them remember their experience with us as well as keeping both child and parent content during their visit. By collaborating with Child Friendly Matters, we will be able to provide some exciting, fresh and fun packs for the children to engage with as well as designing a new menu which will be appearing very soon! We are also delighted to have been accredited with the Recommended and Approved affiliation from the company. Look out for the logo in our window! We are also excited that all our restaurant staff will be attending a brand new ‘Child-Friendly’ training course in early 2014. Children are the future, which is why we felt building on our family values and being able to provide something even more special for children, will keep them coming back for years to come!

Please visit their website to find out more:

Fun and Fundraising at Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips

Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe raised over £800 for Rowcroft on Wednesday 16 October with a special event in aid of the charity as part of Rowcroft’s Dine at Mine campaign.

The famous fish and chip takeaway and restaurant had medium cod and chips on offer all day and then gave over 25% of the proceeds to Rowcroft Hospice.  At the same time there was a silly hat competition and the best 25 silly hats were awarded a £25 Hanbury’s restaurant voucher each.

David Hanbury said “As always we had great support from our customers.  Everyone seems to be very happy to support our charity days and I am extremely grateful for that.  I have a fantastic team here and everyone really pulls out all the stops when we do this kind of event.  It’s a lovely, friendly atmosphere and our customers seem to appreciate that.”  He added “People really got into our silly hat competition too and we had all sorts of amazing creations through the doors.”  David and his team all joined in the silly hat wearing and, once the frying was over, sat down to look through all the pictures of people in silly hats and pick their 25 winners.

David said “Rowcroft is an amazing place and I’m only to happy to be able to support it in this way. Local people really appreciate having such a wonderful organisation in the area and we had Rowcroft buckets for donations which will be given straight to Rowcroft and will hopefully contain lots more money.”

For the latest on the fundraising day and to see a selection of the silly hats on display have a look at the Hanbury’s Facebook page.

Hanbury’s Rowcroft Charity Day

Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe has announced a special charity day in aid of Rowcroft Hospice as part of the charity’s Dine at Mine campaign.

On Wednesday 16 October, in both the takeaway and restaurant, Hanbury’s is not only taking 35% off the price of medium cod and chips, it’s then giving 25% of the proceeds (net of VAT) to Rowcroft Hospice.  David Hanbury said “We like to support Rowcroft with some kind of charity event each year.  Rowcroft provides such a vital service locally and is run by a fantastic group of people.  I am only too delighted to be able to join in with their Dine at Mine campaign and hope that we have a bumper day of serving fish and chips.  By cutting the price for the day, it also acts as a thank you to all our regular customers and hopefully brings some new people along to give Hanbury’s a try.”

David added “This year we’re adding a bit of extra fun to the occasion with a silly hat competition. We’re hoping that people will enter into the spirit and come along for their fish and chips wearing a silly hat.  We’ll be taking photos all day and, at the end of the event, will pick our favourite 25 silliest hats.  Each winner will then receive a £25 voucher to spend in Hanbury’s restaurant.”

As well as being famous for its great fish and chips, Hanbury’s is also well known locally for doing all sorts of fundraising which David says the staff really enjoy being a part of.  He says “I have a great team here at Hanbury’s and they’re all very keen on the idea and ready to get dressed up and have a bit of fun whilst fundraising.”

The event will run in the takeaway and restaurant from 11.30am to 2pm and again from 5pm to 9pm.  For more information visit or look on their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Huge Marquee Helps Raise Huge Sums For Charity

The 2013 Babbacombe Festival Marquee which was filled with fun, laughter, good food and drink, along with music and dancing for five days is now just a memory but its legacy carries on having helped raise over £11,500 for charity.  The Babbacombe Festival Marquee is hired and kitted out by Martyn Strange, owner of the Babbacombe Inn.

Martyn said “Bringing the Festival Marquee to Babbacombe Downs is a lot of work but also enormous fun and a very satisfying experience.  We now work with a number of local groups and businesses, as well as Torbay Council, and together put on five days of great entertainment in the hope that locals and holidaymakers will come and enjoy themselves. We believe that the mix on offer provides something for everyone. The aim is to present a selection of events that ensures we can cover the substantial costs of putting such a marquee up as well as some that can then raise a significant amount of money for various charities.  I believe it’s now an important fixture on the calendar of most people in Babbacombe and the surrounding area and I hope it’s something that we can continue to provide.”

The charities that benefited from the Festival Marquee this year include £7360 raised by the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), £1030 raised by June and Bryan Batchelor and their team of cream tea helpers for CLIC Sargent and Rotary raised £2500 for Children in Need at their Proms Night and gave a further £800 to Help for Heroes from money raised from their fabulous BBQ in the marquee which did particularly well on Armed Forces Day feeding the hungry hoards.

Luke Tillen, founder and Chairman of the THHN said “To have raised over £7000 during the Festival is absolutely fantastic.  This figure is the result of all sorts of fundraising, donations and some wonderful sponsorship from lots of people including Babbacombe Garage, WBW Solicitors, Riviera Mortgages and South West Water and, of course, David Hanbury who made us the chosen charity for his wonderful Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Day.”  Luke added “I was actually away for a lot of this year’s events as I was doing a bit of fundraising of my own running an ultra-marathon in Cumbria so the lion’s share of the work was done by our fantastic Fundraising Manager, Brilliant Brian Lewis.  Brian worked tirelessly to organise all the details, he attended all of the events and without him there’s no way we would have raised anything like that amount of money.  He was also at all the events talking to people and explaining what the THHN does which is so vital for us.  Obviously Brian was helped by a wonderful band of volunteers who I am incredibly grateful to.”

The five days of events started with the traditional Rotary Fayre up on Babbacombe Downs when the marquee was used as the Refreshment Tent. The Rotary Fayre on the Downs is of course another event that enables lots of groups to raise money for their own causes with totals reaching over £20,000 each year.  A wildlife presentation was given by award-winning film-maker Andrew Cooper on the Wednesday evening. Thursday saw the marquee filled with an exhibition by the Babbacombe and St Marychurch Local History Society where visitors were given the opportunity to delve into their family history with help from the Devon Family History Society.  Thursday evening and the marquee was once again used by Babbacombe and St Marychurch Rotary who hosted their fabulous Proms Evening.  Friday and the marquee was filled with people enjoying a delicious cream tea until the marquee was transformed into the venue for a traditional German Oompah Night with some great entertainment and yodelling competitions to boot! Saturday was the ever-popular Armed Forces Day.  The weather was a little damp but spirits certainly weren’t.  Thousands turned out to cheer the Veterans’ Parade, wander around the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.  HMS Brocklesby was anchored in the bay and 300 people got tickets to sail out and tour the ship whilst it was visiting. Many of the crew were able to come ashore and meet the public as well as attend the Party Night that was put on in the Marquee on the Saturday evening.  Every member of the crew was also treated to takeaway fish and chips, courtesy of David Hanbury, who had meals, literally, shipped out much to their delight.

It was then fish and chips all the way on the Sunday with the Hanbury’s Fish and Chips Music Festival on the Downs bringing this busy five days to a close.  David said “I can’t thank everyone involved enough.  From all the bands and performers who ensured we had constant entertainment for 10 hours, to all my wonderful staff who worked so incredibly hard as well as every single person who came along, bought fish and chips and made the day such a success.”

If you were at any of this year’s Festival events go to where there is now an on-line gallery and who knows, you might just see yourself on there.  For those who didn’t attend, have a look anyway and see what you missed.

For now, it’s back to the day jobs for all those involved.  Martyn said “We are already talking about next year.  Babbacombe Downs is a very important place to all of us involved with the Festival Marquee and ensuring that we put on events that have wide appeal and are safe and fun for all concerned is vitally important to us.  We hope to bring everyone a great line-up in 2014 but, for now, watch this space!”

Hanbury’s Music Festival Drums Up Support

The much-loved annual Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival will take place up on Babbacombe Downs in the Festival Marquee on Sunday 23 June and it’s all set to be a cracking event with an incredible line-up of live entertainment.  The event is in aid of local charity the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) and a number of local businesses have come on board to help make the event a roaring success.

 WBW Solicitors have come on board as major sponsors to help with the event this year. Steve Bulman, Managing Partner of WBW said “WBW Solicitors are delighted to be involved with The Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival. This is our first time doing so and especially apt given the firm’s increasing presence in the Torbay area with the merging with Bynes Solicitors earlier in the year, bringing together two long-established firms who offer a full range of legal services to current and future clients.  Supporting select local initiatives is central to a wider programme of community engagement for WBW Solicitors and we are delighted to be working alongside local business such as Hanbury’s in support of charitable initiatives.”

Another local business, Riviera Mortgages, has also helped contribute towards the event. Managing Director Colin Tucker said ”I’ve known Luke for years, we are a similar age, both from Torquay and have mutual friends. I recently bumped into Luke as our sons go the same primary school.  Having not seen him for some time I was impressed to hear all about his charity and the amazing work that it does. Riviera Mortgages is a local company and being able to support such a great local charity in this way is something Riviera Mortgages is delighted to be able to do”. He added “As soon as Luke explained to me what THHN does I knew I wanted to get involved.”

Long-time THHN supporter Babbacombe Garage has also been very supportive again this year, along with South West Water and Paul Uphill and the Palace Hotel, Torquay to name a few.

David Hanbury, organiser of the event, said “It’s great that all these local businesses are supporting our day and the THHN.  It’s a wonderful charity that I’m delighted to support and the fact that so many others are too proves what great work it’s doing.  We can’t thank them enough.  All we need now is for lots of people to come along to the day and enjoy themselves.  Hopefully it will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of the day as well as plenty of money to help towards Luke’s bungalow project which is a fabulous idea.” He added “We’ve got a great line-up of entertainment from 12 noon through until the evening including Gary Knock, Lucky Guy & The Chancers and the Simmertones.  With excellent food and a lovely atmosphere we’re hoping for a fantastic end to this year’s Babbacombe Festival.”

Details of all this year’s Marquee events can be found at whilst the full Festival line up is at

Hanbury’s Music Festival 2013

We’re really excited about this year’s Hanbury’s Fish and Chips on the Downs Music Festival.  The approximate running order of great acts for the day is:

12 noon – Fourth Base

12.40pm – Mike Wright

1.15pm – Shamrock

2.15pm – Krankies

2.30pm – 3 Bags Full

4pm – Auction

4.15pm – Freddie Hill

4.30pm – Funkty Dumpty

5.15pm – Steve Laister

5.30pm – Funkty Dumpty

6.15pm – Draw

6.30pm – Lucky Guy & The Chancers

7.30pm – Gary Nock

8.30pm – The Simmertones

Please don’t forget why we put this event on – to raise as much money as possible for local charity, this year the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN).  We are huge supporters of Luke Tillen and the work of the THHN so dig deep, buy draw tickets, treat yourself to something at the auction and give generously.

Thank you very much for your support and we hope you have a fantastic day.