Post nets a plaice for its tips

Nick Izamis - owns Fish & Tips

Nick Izamis - owns Fish & Tips

The Racing Post ventures into new ground for the five days of Cheltenham week as it takes over a fish and chip shop opposite Cheltenham railway station for the next few days.

The move sees Popeye’s restaurant re-branded in the Post’s black, red and white colours, and offering such delights as cods-on favourites, win or plaice and batter the bookies on the menu. Alongside the grub, the Fish and Tips shop will have all the tips from the Racing Post team of writers available.

The business in Queens Road celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and owner Nick Izamis is hoping this week’s venture will see new customers into the shop. He said, “The Festival is the highlight of the year intone and I’m looking forward to it more than ever. I’m looking forward to helping punters find some winners as well as keeping them well fed.”

Racing Post columnist Alastair Down, surely no stranger to a battered haddock, was on hand to open the shop, with a line in witty banter I suspect he would have found a bit hard to stomach if there hadn’t been singing for his supper. He said, “Whether under starter’s orders at the beginning of the day, or on the final furlong heading home, Fish & Tips is the perfect stop off to get the hottest tips and a hunger fix.”

I have to admit the scran does look good, and although I’m not at Cheltenham this week, I’ll look Popeye’s up next time I am in the area. If anyone does call in there during the week, let us have your verdict on the plaice/place.

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