The History of Fish and Chips
It’s our nation’s favourite dish but do you know where it came from?
How do you eat yours?
Check out the map to see how the UK likes to eat it’s fish and chips.
It’s the ultimate debate – how do you like to eat your fish and chips? Well it depends on where you live of course!
- Mancunians love gravy and mushy peas
- If you’re in Birmingham, it’s curry sauce
- They have salt ‘n’ sauce in Edinburgh
- Glaswegians love a pickled onion
- Only haddock will do in Aberdeen
- Good old salt in Cardiff
UK's Top Fish and Chip Shops
We’ve been running the National Fish and Chip Awards for 31 years (don’t be taken in by any imposters!) so we know good fish and chips! In our quest to find the best shop in the whole of the UK, we send judges up and down the country to find the gems. The current champions are Miller’s in Haxby, North Yorkshire but who will be crowned the 2019 Fish and Chip Shop of the Year? Click here to view the shops that are in the running from each region across the UK.
Top Shops per Region
For the full Top 60 click here
Natural and nutritious
Fish and chips sometimes, unfairly, gets a hard time as being regarded as an ‘unhealthy’ meal but it doesn’t have to be that way. Fish and chips is one of the least adulterated prepared foods that we can eat; wild caught fish, freshly harvested potatoes, some flour for batter, an oil for cooking and all prepared with care, skill and expertise to produce a tasty and nutritious meal. Plain and simple ... how many other takeaway foods can ever say that about themselves?
It is nutritionally balanced too. A portion of fish and chips provides the body with protein, carbohydrate, vitamins B6 and B12, vitamins C and D, iron, calcium, phosphorous, some essential omega 3 oils, as well as the trace elements iodine, fluorine, zinc and some important dietary fibre. If you add a side of mushy peas, then that’s also one of your 5 day. Bonus!
Many fish and chip shops now offer a range of portion sizes to suit everybody, whether you want to share a jumbo size treat with the family or prefer your own little light bite.
We’re not saying you should eat fish and chips every day, but if eaten as part of a balanced diet, you can continue to enjoy fish and chips as a regular meal.
Feeling peckish now? Go on, you know you want some this evening; fish and chips, salt and vinegar – and perhaps a side order of tasty mushy peas! Heaven on a plate – or in a takeaway box!