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Family famed for orange chips to open new Wolverhampton shop next week

The newest shop from a family famed for its orange chips is set to welcome in customers.

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The second branch of the Dr Vinegars brand, Dr Vinegar's Extraordinary Fish & Chips, will be opening on Willenhall Road in Moseley, Wolverhampton, on Wednesday on the site of the former Pablo's Fish Bar.

It will bring familiar smells and tastes to fans of fish and chips as the new shop is the second by former Major's Chippy owner Royston Spencer, following the opening of the first shop in Oldbury on January 12.

Mr Spencer was the owner of Major's, which has been part of Bilston since 1975, but sold the business in December to new owners to start a new franchise and, as he put it, get a change of scenery and make a new start.

He said: "We tried to franchise Major's a few years ago and I kind of got my fingers burned with quality control, so when I sold up Major's, I didn't want to have to babysit the new owners, so I told them that this was the brand and it's up to them how they run it.

"I'd been at Major's for 20 year and it's nice to be able to see something outside some of those four walls and see some new people as well with new customers and anyone who knows my cooking will know the quality of it.

"All being well, we'll open up on Wednesday and we're employing a number of local people, which is always good and positive."

Royston Spencer is ready to welcome people to his new chip shop

Mr Spencer said that the shop in Oldbury had been really successful in the time it had been open and said that there would be a lot of similarities between Dr Vinegars and Major's at Oldbury and the new shop.

He said: "We offer quality food and a unique brand which is really good and really positive and while, in time, I want to start to distance myself from the Major's brand, we're going to use it as much as we can as it's been around since 1975.

"We've changed a few things, so it's not exactly the same, but it's just a few tweaks on the theme."

Customers will be able to get the popular orange chips at the shop, as well as kebabs, Pukka pies, sausages, kids meals, box meals and extras such as scollops, pickled eggs and onions, mushy peas and curry sauce.

Mr Spencer said he hoped people would enjoy the flavours and invited the public to come and give it a try.

He said: "You're all welcome to come and try us and I think you won't be disappointed as we've been doing this for longer than anyone else.

"We certainly know what we're doing when it comes to fish and chips and I hope people will love our products."