York venue that sold ‘the best chips ever’ closes – and could be replaced by licensed takeaway

A cone of cheesy chips from King Chips on Lendal. Photograph: Twitter

A continental-style chip shop that opened in York three years ago has closed, and is set to become a more mainstream takeaway.

King Chips opened in Lendal at the end of 2016, in a former Thomas The Baker’s branch. The owners at the time promised a unique new business for the city, serving cones of chips with a choice of 25 dips.

They said they wanted to create an “authentic chip takeaway experience inspired by the traditional preparation and cooking processes seen in chip shops in continental Europe, most notably those of Belgium and Holland.”


The shop was hailed on TripAdvisor as selling the “best chips ever” and “off-the-scale good”.

One famous fan was Geordie Shore star and winner of I’m A Celebrity Vicky Pattison.

But the shop has closed and a new licensing application suggests the business format has been abandoned.

Sell alcohol at takeaway

Vicky Pattison tries King Chips. Photograph: Facebook
The applicant, Wael Mikhaiel, said in paperwork sent to City of York Council that he wanted to take a new direction.

He wrote: “I am looking at changes to this business, currently trading as King Chips. I will be changing to a general English takeaway supplying burgers, chips, pizza. I also use Deliveroo and JustEat for my delivery service online.”

Mr Mikhaiel has applied for permission to sell alcohol at the takeaway and has asked for the licence to operate until 3am each night.

Closed… King Chips on York. Photograph: Richard McDougall
North Yorkshire Police has frequently objected to new alcohol applications in the city-centre, and will automatically be consulted on the request.

Licensing applications must satisfy four objectives: public safety, the prevention of crime and disorder, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Mr Mikhaiel said in the application:

  • As the supervisory licence holder I will adhere to all four licensing objectives at all times as I understand that if not followed, my licence can be taken away from me.

He said he would keep noise to a minimum and said any antisocial or criminal behaviour would be reported to police immediately.