History of the Cottage

The Cottage was built in 1856 by a man called Christopher Johnson for his own use as a farm. It was originally known as Flag Causeway Farm.

Every day he made the journey by horse and cart to Blackpool beach to pick up cobble stones with which he built his home.

The cobblestone walls have now been restored for all to see in the restaurant which was Christopher Johnson's living room.

In 1920 a lady called Jane Ann Quinn was granted a covenant by William Edward Ord, the landowner, to conduct the business of fish and chip retailer and wet fish was even sold out of the kitchen window!!!

We have been told many stories of an old lady who lived in an old fashioned gypsy caravan next to the cottage in the 1930s/1940s who peeled the potatoes by hand every day. She selected the big ones to cut into giant chips, she battered them and sold them to the local children for an old penny; they became known as penny fingers.

If anyone else has any early recollections of The Cottage, please let us know we will add them to the website.


The Cottage was then owned by a family called The Hargreaves and latterly The Stansfields.

Mr & Mrs Stansfield were the ones to put the Cottage on the map, Mr Stansfield was a fish merchant from

Fleetwood who took great pride in the quality of his fish.

Mrs Stansfield invited the stars from the end of pier shows which were the place to be in the 1960s. Blackpool was a booming town, the Cottage stayed open until 2-3am to allow the celebrities time to relax after the shows.

Many of the old pictures have disappeared over time but we have lots of stories from our three longstanding members of staff, Joan, Linda and Maureen who have a combined service record of 110 years.

Oliver Reed was a regular, according to Linda he was a true gentleman, he was a regular with his wife and it was she who wore the trousers. He would leave the Cottage quite sober but the newspaper photographers would be waiting outside. He said watch this Linda, he would stagger about the street, they would get the picture, he gave Linda a wink and went on his way.


Jay Patel took over from the Stansfields. He owned the Cottage for 20 years and says his proudest moment was when he served fish & chips to the prime minister, John Major.


The Cottage at Present

2009 saw the renovation of the takeaway and kitchen. The takeaway now boasts an enormous state-of-the-art range by Florigo (the same make as Rick Stein has in his place in Padstow & at Fortnum & Mason in London). Only the best for the Cottage customers!