Program - Gourmet - London - United Kingdom
Be Briton and try Fish and chips

The common take-away food in the United Kingdom

Fish and chips is a hot dish of English origin consisting of fried fish in batter served with chips. It is a common takeaway food in the United Kingdom and an early example of culinary fusion. Fish and chips first appeared in the UK in the 1860s. By 1910 there were more than 25,000 fish and chip shops across the UK.

The tradition in the UK of fish battered and fried in oil may have come from Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal. Originally, Western Sephardic Jews settling in England as early as the 16th century would have prepared fried fish in a manner similar to Pescado Frito, which is coated in flour then fried in oil. Charles Dickens mentions "fried fish warehouses" in Oliver Twist and in 1845 Alexis Soyer in his first edition of A Shilling Cookery for the People gives a recipe for "Fried fish, Jewish fashion", which is dipped in a batter of flour and water. Fish and chips became a stock meal among the working classes in England as a consequence of the rapid development of trawl fishing in the North Sea, and the development of railways. In Britain and Ireland, cod and haddock appear most commonly as the fish used for fish and chips, but vendors also sell many other kinds of fish, especially other white fish, such as pollock or coley, plaice, skate, and ray.

British fish and chips were originally served in a wrapping of old newspapers but this practice has now largely ceased, with plain paper, cardboard, or plastic being used instead. The annual National Fish & Chips Awards were set up in the UK in 1988. During your visit to London taste this famous dish and be Briton although is only for a few days.