The family behind Bristol, Cardiff & Weston fast food business Miss Millie’s Fried Chicken is celebrating 40 years in the fried chicken business this summer.
The local family business is owned and run by three of the daughters of founder Harry Latham – Ann Walker, Kate Ostrowski and Kerry Balding. The company has 10 stores in Bristol, Cardiff and Weston-super-Mare.
Although Miss Millie’s was launched in 1988, the family’s involvement in the fried chicken fast food industry stretches back a remarkable 40 years. Back in the mid-1960s Miss Millie’s founder Harry Latham – and then partner Ray Allen – set up Kentucky Fried Chicken in the UK. Harry then served as the managing director of KFC GB in the 1970’s before opening stores in the South West under the Miss Millie’s brand.
As Harry and his family were good friends with Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, he decided to name the new operation after the Colonel’s daughter, Mildred – and so Miss Millie’s Fried Chicken was born.
Managing director Ann Walker said:
“We are very proud of our heritage as part of the worldwide chicken business, and our links from Colonel Sanders through to Miss Millie’s today.
“My father Harry knew Colonel Sanders well and I met the Colonel a number of times. He was a remarkable man who influenced everyone who worked with him.”
The company plans a series of 40th anniversary celebrations through the summer and has created a special ‘Retro Dinner’ meal – comprising eight pieces of chicken, four chips and two large sides for £9.99 – which it is adding to its menu.
As well as being a household name in the region for its secret recipe of fried chicken, Miss Millie’s has also built a reputation for supporting the local communities around its shops. Staff at the company’s shops have raised more than £70,000 for local charities in recent years – personally, and not from customer donations.