In 1966, John Arp immigrated to Canada, a land of new beginnings for many Dutch immigrants after the war. Initially, John managed London’s “Country Fare” and “Iroquois” restaurants until 1972, when at 47 years of age he bought Kipps Lane Fish & Chips – at that time a major fixer-upper. After much hard work, a positive attitude, and his addictive and secret batter recipe, it wasn’t long before business was booming.
Kipps Lane Fish & Chips would soon be awarded the very prestigeous “Golden Plate” award by the London Free Press in 1982 for best fish and chips in London. A hard worker even in his 80’s, he never missed a day of work; and even though he did not advertise, his reputation as ‘The Codfather’ (dubbed by the London Free Press food columnists in 1982 and 2009), has become renowned throughout London. Kipps Lane Fish & Chips has many loyal customers who have made the halibut feast their weekly habit.
John Arp worked until his passing in mid-December 2010. The rich history, secret recipes and spirit live on through his daughter Jacqueline Arp and a friendly, outgoing staff. In addition to the famous halibut fish and chips and the most popular “Family Pack”, a large variety of other freshly prepared seafood items are also available. Although geared for take-out, limited space for eat-in is also available.