on the 15th june 1958 at the young age of 16, adam marinou left his mother, disabled father and younger siblings in cyprus and came to the uk to earn a living for them. used to hard graft, he quickly found a job as a barrow boy in covent garden.
adam's uncles in kent took him under their wing. they had just started off in the catering business and wanted adam to help run their new 'rumpy bar'.
sadly, adam's dad, marino, passed away but happy times were ahead because his wife kerry was pregnant with their third child. they decided now was the perfect times, after many years of working in restaurants for his uncles and saving his pennies, for adam to buy his own business; his very own fish & chip take-away and restaurant on queen's street in ramsgate. he named it
after his beloved late father marino
needless to say adam is an incredibly passionate and skilled chef; this married with his commitment and fantastic customer service ensured his first marino's was a huge success. he established a well deserved and highly respectable reputation, and thus a broad network of loyal customers was developed. this meant that 8 years on adam and his wife were able to expand. an old chippie called 'peter's' on wincheap was transformed into the second
these were exciting times!
adam noticed his customers were coming from the other side of canterbury to buy his fish and chips; so due to popular demand, when the opportunity to buy 'baker's fish bar' on st dunstan's street arose he seized it. their children were now a little older and kerry was able to help her husband with the third, now well-established
they continued to work very hard and maintain their reputation for affordable, great quality food and efficiant service.
once adam's eldest daughter married, he nurtured and trained her husband meli at marino's on wincheap. soon the two of them found a derelict ship - in essence, it was just a hut! with hard graft and patience they managed to turn it into the beaver road fish bar.
had come to ashford!
adam's son marino took over the shop in wincheap after he had worked in earnest at the business since he was 16. marino refurbished the shop, expanded the menu and appeared many times in the local press for his high standard of trade and charity work.
adam and kerry are ready to start taking a back seat and spend more time with their children and all their grandchildren. their son marino goes back to where he started and takes over the running of marino's in st dunstan's; and marino's wincheap now belongs to adam's youngest daughter flo and her husband george. they embrace the business with love, commitment and a deep drive to live up to its legacy. george comes from a family embedded in the restaurant, take-away, cafe and bar business - he is a third generation owner of a fish and chip shop. his firm roots in the catering industry have allowed him to attain a vast network of suppliers and catering contacts which have helped each of the shops provide a more refined and comprehensive service.
meli worked hard and expanded his father in law's legacy taking over a long established fish and chips shop, re designed and fitting with top spec fryers he created
on faversham road! he furthers his legacy with two of his children, orthodoxos and giorgia who run the shop to a top standard that makes their grandfather adam very proud! they have learnt from the best and will carry on passing the knowledge of fish and chips to the generations to come.
at 65 years old adam and his wife retire leaving their legacy to their children. if there's room for modernisation it will be made. if there's room for expansion it will be shown. but one thing you can be sure - the superior quality in all our food and service will never, ever be comprimised at
159 wincheap, canterbury, kent, ct1 3se
phone: 01227 760376
freephone: 0800 8488670
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