John Gibson: Mauro has other fish to fry now

Mauro Crolla, owner of La Campagnola fish and chip shop. ''Pic: Neil Hanna
Mauro Crolla, owner of La Campagnola fish and chip shop. ''Pic: Neil Hanna
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Only 10,500 fish and chip shops have survived in the UK, a third of the total when they peaked in the Thirties, Still, though, the nation’s favourite, Indian and Chinese restaurants are trailing.

And haddock remains the most popular chilled fish, after salmon and prawns. Which brings indirectly to Edinburgh’s West End. Mauro Crolla, the 25-year-old owner of La Campagnola in Drumsheugh Place, provider of fish suppers to all walks, is moving to East Lothian.

“You could say it’s in the blood. My father Umberto was 65 when he retired and I took over ten years ago. I’m leaving a partner in charge. It will still be La Campagnola and customers will be reassured here seeing a kent face running the shop.”

Mauro’s venture into East Lothian will see him open a fish and chip restaurant, The Super Fry, in North Berwick and a chippie in Longniddry.

Next year town will see the light

Dunbar needs all the help it can get. Have you cast eyes on the High Street lately? Sure the lights are burning and Santa’s on his way. But the town’s Christmas lights committee reportedly has chucked it in en masse.

Talking about next year’s lights now. Nobody short of the committee seems to be interested and, rightly, the committee are sick and tired of the apathy.

Damn shame, all the more so seeing that next year’s will be a monumental one for the spa community. It’s a big anniversary for their local hero John Muir, positively revered in America.