Stanington Grove, Sunderland
Kebabs, No Pizzas
just Traditional fish and chips
Ettrick Grove, Sunderland.
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and chips are a national institution - and now chippies across the
country are preparing to celebrate the 150th birthday of our most famous
Churchill called them "the good companions".
They sustained morale through two world wars and helped fuel Britain's
industrial prime. For generations, fish and chips have fed millions of
memories - eaten with greasy fingers on a seaside holiday, a pay-day
treat at the end of the working week or a late-night supper on the way
home from the pub.
Few can resist the mouth-watering combination - moist white fish in
crisp golden batter, served with a generous portion of hot, fluffy
chips.Everyone has their own preferences and tastes vary from one part
of the country to another. Cod or haddock?
Charles Dickens refers to an early fish shop or "fried fish
warehouse" in Oliver Twist (1839) where the fish generally came
with bread or baked potatoes.
Who first had the bright idea to marry fish with chips remains the
subject of fierce controversy and we will probably never know for sure.
It is safe to say it was somewhere in England but arguments rage over
whether it was up north or down south.
Some credit a northern entrepreneur called John Lees. As early as 1863,
it is believed he was selling fish and chips out of a wooden hut at
Mossley market in industrial Lancashire.
Others claim the first combined fish 'n' chip shop was actually opened
by a Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin, within the sound of Bow Bells in
East London around 1860.
However it came about, the marriage quickly caught on. At a time when
working-class diets were bleak and unvaried, fish and chips were a tasty
break from the norm.
To keep prices down, portions were often wrapped in old newspaper - a
practice that survived as late as the 1980s when it was ruled unsafe for
food to come into contact with newspaper ink without grease-proof paper