Celebrating a Quintessentially British Delight with The Great British Fish and Chip Supper
One of the most quintessential British dishes, fish and chips, has been a staple of many a UK household for generations. Chippy Fridays, fish and chip Saturdays and treat Wednesdays have been known to be commonplace in numerous teatime schedules over the years – for some even more so than the notion of the Sunday roast. This is certainly seen to be the case for this humble writer, who could take or leave the latter, but would struggle to do without the battered splendour, adorned with the juice of half a lemon.
In an eclectic society that offers up an array of different takeaway cuisine types, there is now more choice than ever before, forcing several fish and chip shops away from away from the accepted produce of haddock and cod, and opening up a whole new realm of possibility. Plaice, skate, pollack and sole are just four of the delightful alternatives that serve to enhance the choice for both lovers of the delicacy and those that are a little indifferent.
In support of the Spinal Injuries Association, the 19th May 2017 is dedicated to that of the Great British Fish and Chip Supper, on which the people of this great nation are implored to partake in that which is one of the most historic of British foodstuffs. Not limited merely to fish and chip shop, those looking to venture out will find numerous country pubs, inns, cafés, hotels and restaurants that vow to supply their visitors with a delicious and hearty plate of food.
The event is to be further enhanced for Gourmet Society members, as there are a multitude of restaurants on our roster that are sure to bestow a sublime plate of fish and chips upon any diner. Included in such are a host of popular national chains, such as Loch Fyne, a collection dedicated to sumptuous sea food that boasts a marvellous 39 nationwide eateries, and the Vintage Inns group, a massive 185 bar and restaurant chain that combines an excellent food selection with all of the charm expected of a traditional British pub, as well as an magnificent assortment of local independents – of which the below shows just a snippet view:
London Street Brasserie, Paddington: Part of the Hotel Indigo and just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, providing guests and visitors alike with a superb stop off spot amidst a day of exploration.
Fish Works: Found in the areas of Marylebone and Mayfair, Fish Works is a popular seafood brand that promises all who enter a fabulous feast.
Scarlet’s, Covent Garden: Sat among the hustle and bustle of London’s city centre, Scarlet’s offers a fabulous base from which to begin a day of activity.
The Mayfair Chippy, Mayfair: AA Rosette awarded in 2013 and a feature of the 2016 Michelin guide, this charming chip shop is a definite must-not-miss for all locals and visitors to England’s capital city.
Annies, Manchester: Scrumptious, homemade food is the order of the day at Annies, which is owned by Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine and her partner Chris Farr.
Lazy Lounge, Leeds: An exclusive wine bar come exquisite eatery, offering up wondrous fare in luxurious surroundings.
Head of Steam, Newcastle: One from a chain of amiable British pubs, this Quayside venue is the place to go for a fine casual repast on the banks of the River Tyne.
The Joiners Arms, Newton-by-the-Sea: Seafood aplenty is available here, none more so than this British favourite
The Punch Bowl, Solihull: An enchanting country pub surrounded by the stunning Warwickshire countryside, presenting the perfect opportunity to escape those everyday trials and tribulations for an hour or two.
Harringtons on the Hill, Kenilworth: Superbly located atop Castle Hill, just across the road from the commanding Kenilworth Castle, making for an impressive spot to enjoy a meal.
The White Pheasant, Ely: Awarded 2 AA Rosettes two years running, the Cambridgeshire eatery is a renowned haven for lovers of all things gastronomy.
The Chequers, Gedney Dyke: Just a short drive away from the spectacular Lincolnshire coastline and the captivating Wash nature reserve, the quality ingredients and sustainably sourced produce makes this restaurant as ethical as it is enthralling.
The Lord Nelson, Brighton: Traditional Victorian fireplaces and pristine wooden flooring greet guests in this easy-going eating establishment.
Butlers, Eastborne: A stylish, contemporary setting that is warm in ambience and friendly in attitude.
The Granville, Canterbury: Providing the people of the historic cathedral city with a wonderful selection of Kentish ales and even better food.
The White Hart, Westerham: A stylish dining room sat within a traditional British pub that can be found among acres of picturesque countryside and just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the River Dent.
Tarken Bistro at The Four Seasons Hotel, Perth: Framed by the tranquil waters of Loch Earn, the lavish Four Seasons Hotel invites both overnight guests and hungry visitors in to enjoy an exquisite dining experience.
The Brasserie at Melville Castle, Edinburgh: Found within the scenic Melville Castle, a terrific time is to be had by all at The Brasserie.
Noose and Monkey, Aberdeen: Born from a story about a monkey being hung during the Napoleonic War, all who enter are sure to find themselves enthused.
IRELAND AND WALES
Solo Kitchen and Bar, Belfast: A vibrant, modern venue that can be found at the heart of the Northern Irish capital.
Havana Bank Square, Belfast: Nestled behind the redevelopment of the city’s Bank Square and the ideal spot in which to seek refuse after a long day pf exploration.
The Harp Inn, Gelligaer: Sat among the splendour of Wales’ Rhymney Valley, treating diners to sumptuous food on the inside, and breath-taking views on the outside.
The Bridge Inn, Abergavenny: A friendly local pub with a wealth of exhilarating live events.
Are you doing anything for the Great British Fish and Chip Supper? Feel like paying one of the above restaurants a visit? Or are there any not mentioned that you’ve particularly enjoyed? Well, why not let us know on Facebook and Twitter? And be sure to check out the rest of the gourmet goodness on the Gourmet Society blog!
By Calum Dewsbury