Carlo’s of Morpeth is owned and managed by Andrew Watt. Andrew has worked in the fish and chip industry since he was 16; it all began with him peeling potatoes in his father’s shop, pill Alpino’s. Andrew tried a career in the construction industry, medications but his passion for fish and chips and a commitment to family won the day. He decided to open his own shop! A drive to offer an outstanding customer experience led him into partnership with his Zio Carlo and Zia Laura in 2011.
Located in Newmarket at the heart of the historic town of Morpeth, you will find Carlo’s proudly flying the flag for British fish and chips in an ever-competitive market. The business continues to build on family tradition whilst embracing new technologies and social media opportunities. A healthy obsession with getting the product right is combined with a genuine care for customers; that’s what being part of the Carlo ‘family’ is all about.
Andrew says, “In a world where some businesses are struggling and there’s a broad range of takeaway food available to the public, I am proud to be leading a team which has been recognised nationally”.
It’s hard to believe that this all started four generations ago back in 1919 when Andrew’s great grandfather came to Scotland from a tiny village in Italy!
Ferdinando Corrieri started in business with a humble pedal cart selling delicious handmade Italian ice cream, and then went on to have his own fish and chip shop in Saltcoats. This inspired his son-in-law Giuseppe Piacentini to join the successful family business which they then expanded throughout Ayrshire: Barrhead, Johnstone and Paisley.
It was Joe’s great knowledge that was passed down to his son- in-law Michael Watt, who then set up his own shops in North Yorkshire. Michael in turn passed down all his knowledge and family secrets to Andrew, who is carrying on the family tradition at Carlo’s of Morpeth.
Might this great family tradition span yet another generation? Andrew and Abbie have recently celebrated the birth of their son, so who knows? Watch this space!