In the creation of any new endeavour, there's always 'a moment'. Our moment was in 2019, but the Angler story started well before this.
Mandy grew up in a family that loves f ish & chips.
"Honestly, love doesn’t adequately describe my family's passion for the Friday night tradition. Although I moved around a lot as a child, one thing I could always count on was Friday Family Fish & Chips. It was such a fundamental part of my life, that I continue the ritual today with my kids.
Most of the time it was take-away from our local shop or Mum would cook up the family favourite. Being a big family, everyone had to tweak the extras: sauce, vinegar, extra salt, no salt and then that wondrous new invention of the late 80s - chicken salt!
No matter where I have been in the world, eating f ish & chips ignites childhood memories of summer nights, freshly cut lawns and warm sea air and reminds me of the simple happiness of searching for, and then eating, that perfect chip. "
- Amanda (aka Mandy and Aunty Mans)
Sam was born into a food family.
"I was born into a family that loves food. My Pop always had a great veggie garden and fruit trees. I remember one summer, I would have been about 8, Aunty Mans and I were outside under a massive white peach tree and I asked her to climb up because I could see the biggest, best-looking peach right at the top. Always up for a challenge, she started climbing. To this day, I still remember how special that peach tasted. The peach tree is long gone, but those memories are still very vivid.
Food has been at the centre of our family gatherings. I started working in a restaurant and whilst my Mum and Dad both thought the hard work might put me off a career in hospitality. Instead, I knew that I had found my passion and my people. As a Chef, I have taken risks, travelled the world and made the most of the opportunities life has given me. Having grown up in Stirling, I have come full circle to return and finally realise my greatest dream, having my own restaurant."