What we do




The Lipscombe Family love affair with fish & chips began way back in the early 1920s when Harold Lipscombe, a miner, and his wife painstakingly saved all the money he earned from playing cricket for Accrington to move to Romford and buy their first ever fish and chip shop in early 1923.

Harold’s son John then took the business over in 1952, followed by his son Hugh in 1971 and Hugh is still our company chairman today. Hugh saw an opportunity to grow the business and expand to new locations and began to do so by opening his first new site in Potter Street Harlow in 1971.

Hugh made one of the company’s most defining decisions in 1981 when he jumped on a plane to Iceland on a mission to source the best quality cod and haddock for our customers. It was back then when the company’s special relationship with our Fishermen in Isafjordur began.

Our relationship with Kristian, Einar and the captain and crew of the Julius Germundsson is stronger now than ever before and we are delighted to be able to serve our customers what we believe to be the best quality, sustainably sourced fish in the world.

Now Hugh and son James passionately explore ways to deliver even better fish and chips to their customers, as well as cultivating a healthy obsession with cricket! You can enjoy Churchill’s expertly crafted fish and chips, in store, to take away, via our Click & Collect App or even have it delivered to your door.

Our vision


We’re on a mission to put a smile on our customers faces through delicious memory-making food, quality ingredients and caring about the environment by serving sustainable fish and chips for generations to come!

“Nothing makes memories like fish and chips”

It connects us to each other in such a splendid way, bringing to life moments from our childhood and beyond. We think that the buying and eating of fish and chips should be a family affair, something passed down from generation to generation, something that enriches the everyday.

Our food

Our food

Sustainability & the environment

Sustainability & the environment

Sustainability and protecting the planet for future generations is incredibly important to us and something we take very seriously. We care about the environment we live in and want to make sure that, as a company, we are constantly finding new, innovative ways to reduce our impact on the world we live in.

We know we have a lot more to do but we are fully committed to achieving Net Zero emissions as fast as we possibly can!

Our accreditations

Our accreditations


Winner of the “Staff Training & Development” award at the 2023 National Fish & Chip Awards

Winner of the “Outstanding Achievement ” award for Hugh Lipscombe (Chairman) at the 2023 National Fish & Chip Awards

Winner of the “Best Multiple fish & Chip Operator” award at the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards


(Churchill’s) British Takeaway Awards Finalists 2021: “Best Restaurant Chain in Britain”

2023 National Fish & Chip Awards: “Best Multiple fish & Chip Operator”

Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Certified – We are the only UK operator to be awarded the Icelandic Responsible Fisheries seal.