Our History

Erdington – 1993

Selly Oak – 1995

Franchise Store 1. The first official Big John’s franchise store

Acocks Green – 1996

Franchise Store 2 in the heart of Acocks Green, Yardley Road

Kingstanding – 1997

Franchise Store 3

Shirley – 1998

Franchise Store 4

Perry Barr – 1998

Newtown -1999

Lozells – 2000

Chelmsley Wood – 2001

Franchise Store 5. The UK’s first drive thru fish and chip shop!

Highgate – 2002

Franchise Store 6

Quinton – 2003

Franchise Store 7

Lawley Middleway – 2005

Franchise Store 8. Now the flagship drive thru store, located on lawley Middleway not missed easily whether you are entering or leaving Birmingham

West Brom – 2006

Franchise Store 9. The 3rd Drive thru store

Soho – 2007

Franchise Store 10

Kings Heath – 2008

Opening the doors on the famous Kings Heath High Street

Humberstone – 2009

Franchise Store 11. The 4th Drive thru store but also the 1st branch in Leicester

Narborough – 2011

Franchise Store 12. 2nd Branch in Leicester

City – 2011

Franchise Store 13. In heart of Birmingham’s city centre

Solihull – 2014

Kings Heath – 2021

Franchise Store 14

Hall Green – 2022

Franchise Store 15

Manchester – 2022

Franchise Store 16. First branch to open outside the Midlands

Perry Barr – 2023

Franchise Store 17

Northfield – 2023

Franchise Store 18

Our Brand & History

It all began in the year 1993 in Erdington, Birmingham.

A small working class neighbourhood and the start of a chapter for brothers, Bob & John, who opened the doors to their first fish and chip shop. Both brothers, worked relentlessly and tirelessly to pioneer the fast food industry and become the “home of the 99p”. Queues wrapped around the store day and night. No business could cope with the sheer volume, pricing, quality and energy that paved the way for the start of the ‘Big John’s” empire. Fast forward 30 years, Big John’s now operates across 17 stores in 3 different cities in a mix of urban and suburban sites.

How and Why?

Over the years Big John’s has always committed itself to providing the best quality food for the best value for money which in turn which has allowed Big John’s to always stay ahead of the competition and expand throughout the Midlands creating a demand for a Big John’s in every neighbourhood hence branding the nickname “The Neighbourhood Takeaway”.

Mission Statement

Big Johns are committed to providing the local community with the best quality food at the best value pricing. Period.


Big Johns has always had a greater vision, that is to elevate its ranks from a regional brand to a national brand. The goal of becoming national will be achieved via franchising. The offering of franchising will allow young aspiring entrepreneurs or seasoned business professionals to become part of the Big John’s Group, and take on a highly successful brand working very closely with experts in the Fast Food industry.