Promoting Seafood


Fish and chips: how do you eat yours? Kate Ovens investigates for the National Fish & Chip awards 2020

13 January 2020  |  Promoting Seafood
Fish and chips are the undisputed champion of takeaways in the UK, the nation’s favourite and an institution that has been much loved for more than 160 years. Nobody would disagree the classic dish is delicious, but ever since people have been enjoying fish and chips, they’ve been arguing over what to serve it with. For some, salt n’ sauce is a must have combo, for others mint sauce and mushy peas are the only way to go. So the question is, what’s the best way to eat fish and chips?

Renowned food blogger Kate Ovens, infamous for her appetite, has teamed up with The National Fish & Chip Awards, which are run by public body Seafish, to settle the debate once and for all. She has travelled the length and breadth of the country, visiting businesses that made the cut as finalists on various award shortlists for The National Fish & Chip Awards 2020.

Kate tasted and tested seven of the most popular ways to serve the nation’s favourite takeaway on her quest to find the perfect accompaniment:

  • Chippy sauce at Berties Proper Fish & Chips, Edinburgh
  • Curry sauce at Golden Carp, Redditch
  • Gravy and mushy peas at The Cod’s Scallops, Nottingham
  • Mushy peas and mint sauce at The Cod’s Scallops, Nottingham
  • Battered chips at Krispies, Exmouth
  • Mayonnaise at Rockfish New Fish Quay, Brixham
  • Salt and vinegar, mushy peas and tartar sauce at Poppie’s Fish & Chips, London

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Fish and Chips are the UK’s favourite takeaway, that’s an undeniable fact. But the question is, what’s the best to have with it? Across the UK, people have some very different views on how our beloved fish and chips should be served, so we sent Kate Ovens to some 2020 National Fish & Chip Awards finalists to try some of the most popular regional variations.

“What did we learn? There’s a great variety of delicious fish and chips out there, and loads of amazing ways it can be served. Ultimately, it’s up to the public to decide for themselves. I’m based in Grimsby and partial to mushy peas and tartare sauce, but I know a few Scottish colleagues would disagree and tell me I should be having salt and sauce! Thanks to Kate and our fantastic shortlisted businesses for helping to create the video - we hope it encourages some lively debate while people enjoy their fish and chips.”

As well as being a tasty treat, fish and chips can provide health benefits when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. A portion can contribute towards one of the recommended five a day portions of fruit and vegetables if mushy peas are included. It can also be one of the recommended two portions of fish a week that we should all be eating as part of a healthy diet. Fish and chip shops and restaurants cater to a diverse range of lifestyle and health choices by providing portion size choices, gluten free options and various types of fish and shellfish. Innovation is key for many businesses, with fish and chip shops constantly evolving and adding varied and interesting options to their menus.  

The winners of all the categories in The National Fish & Chip Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 23 January 2020.

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