A WELL known fish and chip shop chain has made a £60,000 investment in its York restaurant to meet an increasing demand.

The Wetherby Whaler in York, which is based on Ings Lane at York Business Park, has made a number of renovations to the kitchen at its York restaurant in Ings Lane, on York Business Park, including the installation of a new frying range.

The new range is approximately six metres long and has been made by Dutch manufacturer, Kiremko.

It took eight people to transport the range into the premises and a window had to be removed from the restaurant to facilitate the manoeuvre.

As part of the frying range, there are now dedicated gluten free cooking pans to enable the availability of gluten free fish and chips in the restaurant.

Phillip Murphy, owner of the Wetherby Whaler said: "We are delighted to be making such a major investment, which will allow us to build on our first-class reputation and help us keep up with the increased demand for our fish and chips at our restaurant in York.

"It is exciting times for the Wetherby Whaler, as a whole, as our customer base grows year on year, and we are looking forward to serving more people in the New Year."

The Wetherby Whaler group includes five restaurants in Guiseley, Wetherby, Wakefield, York and Pudsey.

Phillip and Janine Murphy began trading in fish and chips in 1969 in Tadcaster, 20 years before buying the original Wetherby Whaler in Wetherby.