Jay Rayner in Wimpy, Tarpots, Benfleet for BBC's The One Show

Jay Rayner at Wimpy, Tarpots

Jay Rayner at Wimpy, Tarpots

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IT may not be haute cuisine, but hot dog and chips is good enough for food critic Jay Rayner.

So good in fact, he travelled to Benfleet’s Wimpy bar to enjoy a Bender in a bun for BBC’s the One Show.

Friday’s programme will celebrate 60 years of the burger chain – including the story of how the Benfleet restaurant’s owner met his wife and started an empire of franchises across south Essex.

Loyal customers and workers at the London Road branch told the celebrity critic why they kept coming back.

Fred Wildman, 91, and his wife Rose, 94, of Southwold Crescent, Benfleet, show up at the Wimpy every week for a full English breakfast.

Mr Wildman said: “We’ve been coming ever since this branch opened. I like the fact it’s a family place and it attracts everyone from toddlers to older folk like us, “The food is always good and the girls are always friendly.”

Marion Crumpton, 73, of Kennington Avenue, Thundersley, has been eating at Wimpy for 50 years.

She said: “I like to be looked after and I really enjoy coming here. This branch is golden. It serves this area very well. Out of all the places to eat we have around here, I would always come here. The older generation still likes to have its food on a plate and to have table service.”

Owner Huseyin Hassan, 56, met his wife, Angie, 54, in a Wimpy where he was working as a 17-year-old student.

The couple later opened Wimpey bars in Shoebury and Pitsea – the latter now closed – and then took on branches in Westcliff and at Rayleigh Weir.

He said: “I’ve been in Benfleet for six and a half years, but working in Wimpys for 35 years.

“I love it, because Wimpys are family-run and that’s how we give our personal service.

“It’s great for Benfleet that the One Show has come down. It’ll put the area on the map.”

Critic Rayner said: “What’s great about the One Show is we can do anything.

“I like a story with a sense of history that represents a part of British life.

“I remember Wimpy in its heyday, in the Seventies, and I’m intrigued as to how it is still here.

“Given the dominance of the American fast food chains, the fact it has survived and has a loyal following is great.

“Wimpy used to be part of the classic British high street.

“They are clearly doing something right.”

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1:05pm Tue 6 May 14

pembury53 says...

1/4 pounder with cheese and chips, heart disease with a bit of panache...... knocks ronald mcdonald and burger 'king' into a cocked hat, anyday
1/4 pounder with cheese and chips, heart disease with a bit of panache...... knocks ronald mcdonald and burger 'king' into a cocked hat, anyday pembury53
  • Score: 5

1:23pm Tue 6 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

The Wimpy Bar in Basildon Bus Station is the longest surviving business in the whole of the Town Centre. Been there fifty years or so.
The Wimpy Bar in Basildon Bus Station is the longest surviving business in the whole of the Town Centre. Been there fifty years or so. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Tue 6 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs.

Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.
You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Tue 6 May 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories
A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Nelly99 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.
You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery!
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.[/p][/quote]You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery! Nelly99
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Tue 6 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Oh forgot to say that Jay Rayner must be the ugliest F*ck on T.V. What a boat and he looks like he hasnt washed for months!
Oh forgot to say that Jay Rayner must be the ugliest F*ck on T.V. What a boat and he looks like he hasnt washed for months! Nelly99
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Tue 6 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys
And WTH is a Golden Egg?
I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Tue 6 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?
Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?[/p][/quote]Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days. Nelly99
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Tue 6 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?
Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.
I was still in my Dads Bag in the sixties. Lol
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?[/p][/quote]Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.[/p][/quote]I was still in my Dads Bag in the sixties. Lol Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Tue 6 May 14

Blind Haze says...

The last couple I knew called Fred and Rose weren't as nice as this Wimpy frequenting pair.
The last couple I knew called Fred and Rose weren't as nice as this Wimpy frequenting pair. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Tue 6 May 14

profondo asbo says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?
Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.
lol your talents are wasted on this site
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?[/p][/quote]Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.[/p][/quote]lol your talents are wasted on this site profondo asbo
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Tue 6 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nelly99 wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.
You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery!
so you waited until 15 minutes passed until you strutted on over to the far superior BK..? i would have looked at the Queue and made a swift decision to not bother, time is of the essence Nelly.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.[/p][/quote]You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery![/p][/quote]so you waited until 15 minutes passed until you strutted on over to the far superior BK..? i would have looked at the Queue and made a swift decision to not bother, time is of the essence Nelly. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

8:22pm Tue 6 May 14

Nelly99 says...

profondo asbo wrote:
Nelly99 wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?
Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.
lol your talents are wasted on this site
Only you know and I know. Cheers mate!
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I'll give it a go at Benfleet. the one in Leigh isn't how I remember wimpys And WTH is a Golden Egg?[/p][/quote]Oh el Cab, (am I close?) You don't remember the Golden Egg? I,m guessing your Mummy...little Anna didn't let you out in the 60,s. They were the major franchise if you wanted your liver assaulted and your intelligence insulted. They even laminated the menu in case you were sick over it. The back had a demonstration of the Heimlich manoeuvre and a map to the nearest A&E! Oh I miss those days.[/p][/quote]lol your talents are wasted on this site[/p][/quote]Only you know and I know. Cheers mate! Nelly99
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Tue 6 May 14

Nelly99 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nelly99 wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote: You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.
You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery!
so you waited until 15 minutes passed until you strutted on over to the far superior BK..? i would have looked at the Queue and made a swift decision to not bother, time is of the essence Nelly.
I think you are right Dog. The thing was I waited for an autographed pic of Jay Rayner! Who knew he couldn't write?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: You can't beat a Bender..or brown Derby..Oooo errrr Mrs. Wimpys are well OK, The McD Crowd would never be patient enough to wait for food though.[/p][/quote]You jest Dog Poo! The food in Mcd may be fast but the service is slow. I waited 15 minutes in the Southend one and ended up going to Burger King. Much nicer in there..only me and a mental patient trying to eat a paper cup. Wimpy only survived because they are a franchise and they also build houses. Hey....anyone remember Golden egg. Now they really could harden an artery![/p][/quote]so you waited until 15 minutes passed until you strutted on over to the far superior BK..? i would have looked at the Queue and made a swift decision to not bother, time is of the essence Nelly.[/p][/quote]I think you are right Dog. The thing was I waited for an autographed pic of Jay Rayner! Who knew he couldn't write? Nelly99
  • Score: 0

10:05am Wed 7 May 14

InTheKnowOk says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories
Don't forget the rum baba ...
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories[/p][/quote]Don't forget the rum baba ... InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 2

11:57am Wed 7 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories
Don't forget the rum baba ...
The height of sophistication.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: A Knickerbocker Glory or an ice cream float at the Rayleigh Wimpy 40+ years ago - happy memories[/p][/quote]Don't forget the rum baba ...[/p][/quote]The height of sophistication. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Wed 7 May 14

LoopyLou88 says...

who ?
who ? LoopyLou88
  • Score: -1

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