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Janine Murphy - My Yorkshire weekend

PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 January 2015

Janine & Phillip Murphy

Janine & Phillip Murphy

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Fish and chip entrepreneur Janine Murphy on why she has a whale of a time when she gets the chance

As I co-own an iconic Yorkshire fish and chip business with my husband, Phillip, my weekend is usually spent working, with a bit of leisure time to enjoy our beautiful county of course.

My husband and I left Bradford for Tadcaster in 1969 to take over a small fish and chip takeaway, where we stayed for 20 happy years and had our daughters, Joanne and Caroline.

We then decided to relocate to a fish and chip shop in Wetherby town centre and have developed the business over the past 25 years, opening five fish and chip restaurants and takeaways throughout Yorkshire, which keeps us very busy. So, apart from holidays, I can’t remember the last time I had a full weekend off!

I usually start Saturday very early in our head office in Wetherby, making sure everything is running smoothly in the restaurants and saying hello to our customers. The great thing about my job is that I get to meet lots of different people, from babies to 100 year olds, and I love the real community spirit.

Weekends aren’t just for work though and it’s important I spend quality time with my daughters, who also work in the business, and our six grandchildren, who live nearby.

I enjoy being able to watch my grandsons play football at their school in Tockwith and also love babysitting my two granddaughters, who are aged three and one. As we’re avid fans of Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos, there’s nothing I love more than shouting at the side-lines of Elland Road and Headingley Stadium, cheering the boys along.

It’s a special time that I get to spend with my four grandsons, who are 12, nine, seven and five, and my husband – we are Yorkshire through and through, so it’s usually a pretty rowdy affair.

Most Saturday nights, my husband and I go out with friends to eat at one of the numerous restaurants in our area, between Harrogate and Leeds. There are almost too many to choose from.

After a hectic Saturday, Sunday is the day I set aside to take a break, usually with more sport, watching my eldest grandson play rugby in Wetherby.

In the summer, I go down to the bandstand in Wetherby with my father, who’s 92, to listen to a brass band and we either eat the classic British dish of fish and chips (if I’ve not had enough of them yet) or enjoy an ice-cream while we take in the music.

If the weather’s particularly nice, there’s nothing better than spending time with my grandchildren down by the river in the market town of Wetherby; it’s one of my favourite spots to relax.

Then, on Sunday night, Phillip and I watch television and allow ourselves a well-deserved glass of wine to take some time out before the busy week ahead.

Janine Murphy is co-owner of the Wetherby Whaler group of fish and chip restaurants.
To find out more, visit wetherbywhaler.co.uk

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