Chip Shop Celebrates 50 Years In Business

Written by on 25/03/2024


Rhyl’s Hungry Tum fish and chip shop on the beach front is celebrating 50 years in business.  With its busy takeaway counter and plenty of indoor seating, The Hungry Tum has been a favourite chippy amongst locals and visitors in the seaside town since its launch in 1974.  Located just off the prom on Sydenham Avenue, behind The Range retail outlet, it has weathered the economic storms over the years, and owner Greg Sheehan is proud to say that the shop continues to thrive.

To celebrate this milestone, Greg is giving every customer who visits the shop in the first two weeks from Good Friday, a voucher for a free bag of chips.

When The Hungry Tum first opened, half a century ago, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister for a second time and Richard Nixon had resigned as US President over the Watergate scandal.  Film buffs were enjoying such classics as Towering Inferno, Blazing Saddles and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  ABBA won Eurovision with Waterloo and The Bay City Rollers made their Top of the Pops debut.  It was also the year that Welsh actor Matthew Rhys was born.

The Hungry Tum, hailed as one of the best chippies in Rhyl, opens for its summer season on Good Friday. For many years the shop enjoyed a busy location next to the town’s funfair, but the site was sold to developers in 2007 and the funfair was razed to the ground. 

The 2008 economic crash meant that the site remained derelict for a decade, although it was eventually turned into the thriving Cei Marina retail park, but the Hungry Tum remained a stalwart of the town through those difficult times.  The Hungry Tum also managed to survive through the Covid pandemic, Brexit and the cost of living crisis.

Greg Sheehan explains the enduring charm of the Hungry Tum:  “We are a traditional fish and chip shop and are proud to serve the people of Rhyl with good quality family favourites at affordable prices.  Our chip shop, and indeed the town of Rhyl, has seen some enormous changes over the last 50 years.  The world was very different back in 1974, but we are so proud to still be here, and I am willing to bet that good old fashioned fish and chips will still be a firm favourite in another 50 years’ time.

* every customer who visits the shop in the first two weeks from Good Friday will receive a voucher for a free bag of chips !


Much Loved Rhyl Chip Shop Celebrates 50 years in Business!

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