25 Mouthwatering Facts About Fish And Chips

Prepare to crave some fish and chips....now.

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1. Fish and chips were first served together as a dish around 1860 - although their origin is contested.

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In London, the Malin family claims to be first, as do the Lee family in Manchester.

2. Fish and chips were served in newspaper until the 1980s.

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Serving fish and chips in newspaper kept prices low, but in the 1980s it was ruled unsafe for food to be touching newspaper ink. Now fish and chips are wrapped in a layer of greaseproof paper, and then a layer of newspaper if wished.

3. Not all fish and chip shops serve vinegar.

You're more likely to see non-brewed condiment behind the till. Non-brewed condiment is acetic acid mixed with colourings and flavourings, and is quicker to make than vinegar. Due to UK Trading Standards it can't be labelled as vinegar, or even be put in vinegar bottles.

4. The longest running fish and chip shop still in operation is based in Yeadon near Leeds.


The shop trades under the name 'The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World'. It is believed that fish and chips have been served from the premises continually since 1865.

5. Fish and chips are not as unhealthy as you might think.

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An average portion of fish, chips and peas contains only 7.3% fat. By comparison, a pork pie has 10.8% fat. .

8. In Scotland, the first chip was sold in the 1870s.

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According to Dundee City Council, "in the 1870s, that glory of British gastronomy - the chip - was first sold by Belgian immigrant Edward De Gernier in the city's Greenmarket."

9. Fish and chips appear in Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities".

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Dickens writes of 'Husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil'.

12. Fish and chips played a part in the D-Day Landings.

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British soldiers identified each other by crying out out 'fish' and waiting for the response of 'chips'.

18. A popular side, mushy peas are made up of dried marrowfat peas which are first soaked overnight in water with 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate soda/baking soda.