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National Chip Week: How do you eat yours?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

YUMMY:  Vahid, left, and Aby Eskandari, of the Black and White Restaurant.

YUMMY: Vahid, left, and Aby Eskandari, of the Black and White Restaurant.

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A BRITISH culinary classic is being celebrated in Gloucester as National Chip Week gets under way.

The fish and chip industry in Britain is worth £1.2billion – so £1 of every £100 spent on food is spent in a fish and chip shop.

We asked diners at Ye Olde Restaurant and Fish Shoppe in Hare Lane and the Black & White Restaurant in Longsmith Street how they like to eat the nation's favourite dish.

Ann Christian, 71, from Newent has been visiting Ye Olde Restaurant and Fish Shoppe for more than 50 years.

"I love fish and chips with salt and vinegar," she said. "I am quite fussy about my fish and chips , it has to be just right with not too much batter."

William Carr, 82, from Berry Hill, said: "My favourite dish is cod and chips, but now and again I'll treat myself to a bit of skate."

Roger Asquith, 70, from Cheltenham said: "I had some friends from America visit and they loved fish and chips with mushy peas, it's a national dish we should be proud of."

Gareth Williams, 22, from Gloucester, said: "I love fish cake and chips with plenty of salt and vinegar. That hasn't changed for years."

Harriet Oram, 22, from Gloucester, said: "My boyfriend is always getting fish and chips and I can't resist the smell, so I always end up getting a cone of chips too."

Nigel Oram, 44, from Kingsbridge, Devon, said: "We don't have it that often but it is always something to look forward to. It has to have plenty of salt and vinegar though."

His wife, Anna Oram, 44, said: "As fast food goes, it is not that unhealthy as the fish is quite good for you.

"Cod or haddock is my usual choice, but now and again I'll go for scampi and chips."

Daniel Roohi, 13, from Gloucester, said: "The fish they serve at Hare Lane is massive, and really tasty. I prefer tomato sauce to salt and vinegar though."

Nadia Roohi, 14, from Gloucester, said: "If we go to the chip shop I have burger, chips and salad. I don't mind fish but beef burgers are just as nice."

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  • geraint2010  |  February 18 2013, 2:56PM

    You can't beat fish and chips fried in beef dripping (something to do with the higher boiling point) but sadly this is rarely available down south anymore. The worst fish and chips I've had was in Greece where olive oil (which has an even lower boiling point than vegetable oil) was used.

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  • badger12  |  February 18 2013, 12:14PM

    I put mine in my mouth, chew and then swallow. I often use my hands but I have been known to use a knife and fork on occasion.

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  • capital1978  |  February 18 2013, 11:01AM

    Same week as the report on children's unhealthy eating. Timely

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  • lordigaga  |  February 18 2013, 7:32AM

    with horse burgers, mmmmmm

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