Fish and chips has been a staple of the British diet for almost two centuries now, so it’s surprising that we didn’t have a national day of celebration for it until as recently as one year ago.
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That day is today June 2nd and even though it’s only the second time we’ve celebrated it, I’m fairly confident that it’ll end up being a national holiday before long because everyone loves the dish so much. Apparently some chippies are selling their food half price today to mark the event, but unfortunately I don’t have a list of solid leads for that. But hey, it’s National Fish And Chip day so what’s a fiver down your local chippy anyway? Go treat yourself.
Here are a couple of facts about the famous dish to help you celebrate and impress the guy working at your local. Maybe he’ll knock a couple of quid off:
- Battered and fried fish arrived in the UK in the 17th century, but chips were only paired with in in 1860.
- There are around 10,500 fish and chip shops in the UK, but 90 years ago there were a whopping 35,000. Not sure where they all went to be honest.
- Apparently the British eat 385 million portions of fish and chips a year, which is roughly one every 12 seconds. Wow.
- 41% of people like their chips with vinegar, whereas 37% sprinkle them with salt. Kinda surprised at such a low number because everyone I know just uses both every time.
- 28% have mushy peas on the side, 25% go for ketchup and 23% like bread and butter. Me, I always go for a potato fritter. Not sure of the % on that though.
However you like them, you should definitely get down to your local chippy today and celebrate what’s hopefully going to turn into a bigger event year on year.
For more fish and chips, check out this fish and chips shop which recently received a Michelin star. Nicely done.