Monday, June 07, 2010

Fish and Chips

If you've never had proper British fish and chips then I feel sorry for you.

The fish should be either cod or haddock, in golden batter, with chunky chips and I'm partial to some mushy peas with them too.

Even if you're not particularly hungry, just passing a fish and chip shop will always tempt you with its comforting aroma!

Fish and chip shops do tend to have odd names sometimes, like hairdressers. I never pay much attention to the names of the ones round here though, and therefore I just don't notice when they change.

I think the fish and chip shop at the top of our road is called The Port O'Call, because it was called that, once. It isn't any longer, it's called Atlantis, apparently. But I've simply never noticed this and I did wonder why people look a bit blank when I mention the Port O'Call.

There's one fairly nearby with a big round window. It probably has a name but if so I've never noticed - it's just "that one with the porthole". Another favourite is The Talk Of The Town which was our local chippie when we lived just down the road - we still go there sometimes as it is a good one.

The most famous ones in Leeds are Bryan's and the - now very famous indeed - Harry Ramsden's. Not very exciting names - - but then a fish and chip shop doesn't need an exciting name, it just needs a good fish-and-chip smell.

However, Silverback and I both liked this one which we found in the Gower Peninsula last week:

I like the name: I like the clean look of it all and I like the blue sky. Perfect! Pass the vinegar!

7 Comments:

Blogger Silverback said...

Well at least it was a bit closer to the sea that any in Leeds so the name wasn't too silly.
And as I know you like puns, I just had to stop for your photo opportunity. Nipping in and ordering a special, chips and a pickled egg was your own idea though !!

9:44 pm  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

I like fish and chips. I even like the vinegar. But do not, repeat, do NOT serve them to me with mashed peas.

2:41 am  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

Orgasmic! But you must have some freshly buttered bread to make a chip sandwich on the side and of course the only drink with traditional British fish and chips has to be tea. I bewail the march of the food hygiene bureaucracy who banned old newspapers as wrapping paper. That newsprint added to the flavour and there was something delightful about news photos of Ted Heath or Thatcher being covered with one's scraps or excess vinegar.

RHYMIE! Not MASHED peas! MUSHY peas! Until you have had mushy peas you haven't really lived.

2:32 pm  
Anonymous Milo said...

A really good fish, chips & mushy peas is one of my most favourite things in the whole wide world! Love it!

7:30 pm  
Blogger Debby said...

Once and a portion of fish for Silverback and I please. Mushy peas, not mashed. I prefer a bit of salt along with my vinegar. The drive from TOTT home is almost more than I can bear. The hot bag, the smell, oh my.....

1:47 am  
Blogger Anna said...

I've never been keen on chip shop fish and chips, for some reason.

I'm even less keen nowadays, since I'm trying to eat more ethically - cod and haddock aren't fished sustainably and numbers are in serious decline, and a lot of chippies cooking palm oil (also unsustainable, and harvesting destroys the habitat of orang utangs).

And I'm with rhymes about mushy peas... yuk! Fresh peas I love, mushy peas? I'd rather eat my own vomit.

8:05 pm  
Blogger Liz said...

I was posting letters today when the waft of chips caught me. Oooooooooh, I want some.

5:17 pm  

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