V.C. JONES of Whitstable

Fish Restaurant & Takeaway

Serving since 1962

fish and chips

Three generations of our family have been serving freshly cooked fish and chips to the residents and visitors of Whitstable since 1962.

As one of the last fish and chip shops left in the south of England to fry in beef dripping, we are proud to maintain traditional pre-war traditions.

We are currently operating a contact-free collection and delivery service. Just give our friendly team a ring, pay over the phone, and either collect or receive your freshly cooked fish and chips.

Call us on 01227 272703 or 07907 037999

Working alongside @foodfriendsuk and @theumbrellacafe we are proud to be able to announce that we will be providing hot meals to families in need over half term.

These meals have been generously donated by our customers through our Pay It Forward service, which we have been running since April this year.

If you are in a situation where you feel that you need help feeding your family, please contact The Umbrella Cafe or Food Friends and they will be able to offer you support and guidance.

Many thanks to our customers who have donated to make this all possible.

We thought we’d join him for Halloween this year.
Presenting the VC Jones Halloween window, a part of the @whitsparkle Halloween displays raising money for @demelzahospice
#halloween #whitstable #hammerhorror #shoplocal

Introducing our ‘burner phone’

Why a picture of a phone? Well, this is how we’re keeping ourselves and our customers Covid safe.
We thought we’d share our Covid safety measures with you.

1) Our restaurant isn’t open. There are 2 reasons. Firstly, we don’t feel safe opening for sit down service. Secondly, we’ve installed a full size ping pong table 🤷🏻‍♀️🏓🏓

2) We’re still continuing with contactfree collections and deliveries (that’s where the phone comes in). All you need to do is call and pay over the phone and our friendly team will either a) deliver your food to your home or b) text you when it’s ready to be collected.

We understand that this may feel like a bit of a faff, but we’d rather do this than risk having to close as a result of a suspected Covid case.

#whitstable #fishandchips #fishandchipshop #whitstablefood

It’s Fry-Day, National Fish and Chip Shop Day 😍!

And what a beautiful day for it.

It’s been a long and odd few months, and our whole team have been so glad to keep serving the residents and visitors of Whitstable.

We love seeing your fish and chips in various spots around the town so, if you buy fish and chips from us today, take a photo and tag us on social media.

@nationalfishandchipday #fryday #nationalfishandchipday #whitstable #fishandchips #fishandchipsfriday

Our local lifeboat @whitstablelifeboat are fundraising. Usually they would get their donations from charity boxes in shops, their cafe, and events. Obviously, Covid-19 has made it more difficult.
This summer they have been spectacularly busy. If you can spare a donation, please click on the link in their bio. #whitstable #whitstablebeach #seaside #lifeboat

It’s #internationalcatday so, allow us to introduce you to Marsha who lives with one of the family.

Her days involve napping, resting, sleeping, and eating the offcuts of cod from the shop.

Reduce, reuse, recycle (aka, spoil the cat)

#internationalcatday🐱 #blackcatsofinstagram #whitstable #fishandchips #fishandchipshop

It’s 2020, so obviously it’s not a shock that our internet has decided to go down today 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

So, in a complete turnaround from our lockdown/Covid-19 stance, we will be accepting cash and cheques until BT resolve the problem.

Please be patient with us, it’s been a reasonably stressful day already and it’s only 11.45.

The word of the day is ‘scorchio’.

It’s going to be hot and busy in town. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and wear sun screen 😎

If you usually order a Friday delivery or collection, why not prebook to make sure your order is placed.
#whitstablebeach #whitstable #seaside #summer #fishandchips

There’s something unique and quirky about Harbour Street. All the buildings and shops have their own personalities and we’re rather proud to sit in the middle of it all.
Here’s another stunning piece of art focussed on our frontage. A very talented artist who has caught the moment perfectly. Check out their Instagram page @originalartists2019

#whitstable #whitstablelife #fishandchips #art #fishandchipshop #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram

Every piece of food that we serve is cooked fresh to order. Nothing is precooked.
That means that there’s always a 10-15 minute wait between calling in your order and collection.
A perfect opportunity to take a walk down Harbour Street and look in neighbouring shops while you wait for your fresh and tasty fish and chips. There’s no need to wait outside our shop as we call your name out of the door and send you a text when your meal is ready.

#whitstable #whitstablelife #fishandchips #fishandchipshop #fishandchips🐟🍟 #fishandchipfriday #seaside

It’s Independents Day (we know it’s Independence Day too, it’s not a typo). @ukindieday is a day designed to celebrate independent businesses.
It’s been a tough few months for all the indies on Harbour St. Come along and show them all your love #ukindieday #shoplocal #independentshops #whitstable

We realise it’s not the jazziest of pictures, but it’s always good to let our customers know about the smaller things we do to help the environment.

These are used to store our used fats which are then collected and recycled into fuel for low emission public transport. It keeps our rubbish low and, also, helps the environment. #fishandchips #whitstable #corporatesocialresponsibility #ethicalbusiness #smallbusiness #fishandchipshop

Many thanks to Karen Conway for sharing this favourite chippy sauce map with us...just in time for Saucy Sunday.

As you can see, curry sauce is the south east saucy chip shop condiment of choice.
Available today for collection or delivery.

#fishandchips #fishandchipshop #currysauce #whitstable #visitkent #shoplocal

Carrying on our VC Jones artwork series, this piece is by local artist Nick Wilty (can you recognise the celebrities in the picture?) Not only is Nick an extremely talented artist (a skill he learnt later in life) he’s also a very funny comedian who has a regular show on Saturdays at 6.00 on Big Bubble Radio.


We said we’d shout it from the rooftops and we’re doing a very happy dance.
We’re reopening tomorrow for contactfree deliveries and collections!

We’d like to thank everyone who sent us messages and support over the last two weeks. Your words were a tonic during what was a very difficult situation.

Our team can’t wait to chat to you all on the phones again.

#whitstable #fishandchips #seaside #vitaminsea #fishandchipshop #shoplocal

As some of you may remember we suffered a fire in February which left us closed for two weeks. During that time, we had extensive work done on our equipment to get it back to working order. There was one tiny bit of general work left to complete and then lockdown happened.
We, obviously, carried on serving everyone in our community running on 2/3 capacity. As lockdown was eased, we invited in some contractors to complete the work. They, unfortunately, caused damage to our system which has led to a problem that means we can’t open at the moment. We bought new parts and they’ve compounded the problem.
This has left us unable to open still. To say we are devastated would be an understatement as we have been so proud to have delivered to and be supported by our beautiful community in Whitstable for the last 13 weeks.
We’re working so hard to get back up and running as soon as possible as we know there are people in our community who rely on us for a safe, hot meal to be delivered to them or to collect from us.
All of the team want to make sure that everyone who buys from us is kept in the loop, so if you have elderly neighbours or relatives or you know people who don’t use social media and have deliveries from us, please can you let them know. We’re going to try to pop leaflets through doors, but we don’t want anyone going hungry.
Please rest assured, we’d love to have two weeks off under different circumstances, not under these ones. As soon as we’re up and running again we’ll be letting as many people as possible know as quickly as possible.
Thank you for all of your continuing support through lockdown and for helping us through pay it forward to keep our community fed.

#whitstable #fishandchips #community #lockdown #seaside #fishandchipshop