Fish & Chips
Tradition Never Goes Out Of Style
At Farnham Fisheries we are committed to providing only the best takeaway Fish and Chip experience, after all it is our passion, a British Pastime and a bridge to the gap between rich and poor. Also, Fish and Chips being the most popular dish in Britain being enjoyed by one in six UK adults up to twice per week.
We wanted to know what keeps you coming back for more?
Well, Fish and Chips are often falsely accused of being an unhealthy dish. In fact, this accusation could not be further from the truth. Weighing in with three time less fat than a Chicken Tikka Masala, Fish and Chips are a naturally high, valuable source of vitamins, iron, fibre and protein. Providing up to one third of an adult male’s RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamins, and almost a half of the RDA in an adult female.
Fish contain a naturally high level of Omega 3 fatty acids, which has been shown to improve memory and promote better health. There have also been further studies into the benefit of fish for the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Although these studies are currently inconclusive we know that Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said in a recent interview that “The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are an important part of a balanced diet and previous studies suggest they could play an important role in keeping the brain healthy. Which is important, a healthy mind equals a healthy body.
Just like no two chip shops are the same, we know that no two customers are the same. Each having their own signature version of the dish. Accounting for six out of every ten portions of fish and chip portions in the UK Cod is the clear choice of the people.
At Farnham Fisheries all our Cod comes from only Traceable and Sustainable Sources buying only well sized and high-quality fish direct from the crisp Scottish Seas. We also take the same pride in the quality of our chips, freshly cut onsite with no added preservatives and cooked in twice filtered, vegan and vegetarian friendly fat, maintaining the potatoes natural taste and giving an unbeatable crisp texture.
Fish and Chips is part of the staple diet of most Britons, a dish so powerful in the eyes of the nation it was deemed too important to be rationed during the Second World War. A dish that prepared our troops for battle and Let’s not forget a dish that inspired its own online community called chippy-chat.co.uk.
But how did this now billion-pound industry get started?
The First English Chippy
In a typical North, South rivalry the history of the first Fish and Chip shop is a widely disputed fact, over in the North it is claimed that the first chip shop opened in 1863 just outside of Oldham, while their Southern counterparts claim to have been three years ahead with a shop opening in London’s notorious East End around 1860.
Our own history encompasses over 25 years of experience cooking the highest quality traditional fish and chips. Because of this we believe in a simple, traditional approach offering generous portion sizes and a personal, friendly service that is both fast and efficient due to our hi-tech, fast recovery frying ranges. Allowing us to keep up with customer demand during those busy periods.
Although we may never settle the argument over which chip shop came first, we can all agree the humble chippy is a dish loved by its nation.
Fish & Chip Fridays
This time honoured British tradition stretches back to the Catholic beliefs of not eating meat on a Friday and has slowly been accepted as a tradition in many British households. As with every other day Monday to Saturday we are open until 10pm, making sure those unfortunate folks working late don’t have to miss out on this time honoured tradition.
Be honest we all get hungry walking past the Chip shop, the aroma of fluffy, fried batter and crisp earthy potatoes really gets your stomach rumbling. In fact, in a recent survey Fish & Chips beat bacon to take the prestigious title of the UK’s favourite smell.
Whatever your reasons for loving fish and chips we would love to hear about them, why not let us know on Twitter. Simply mention us in a Tweet @FarnhamFisherie using the hashtag #fishnchips
How Do You Eat Yours?
From the traditional salt and vinegar, to the more Northern chips and gravy we all enjoy our “Chippy Tea” in our own personal way and with chip shops springing up as far away as Australia, people are finding new and exciting ways to enjoy their favourite dish.
The Dutch have taken to service our beloved delicacy with mayonnaise, while the Chinese have chosen to eat theirs topped with sugar. Personally, we prefer the more classic salt and vinegar dusted over crispy golden chips. Have you ever noticed that you can never quite get that chip shop vinegar taste at home? Well a little known fact is this is because Chip shop’s vinegar is usually made to an in house recipe and is generally kept secret. Just another reason why we think you just can’t beat an Authentic chip shop experience.
The Great British Chip Divide!
It seems that we have a nation divided when it comes to the best way to serve the humble chip, but fear not we have all your bases covered with a wide range of condiments and extras.
In a recent Poll conducted by yougov.co.uk we found out that:
- 65% Of Britons opt for traditional salt and vinegar seasoning
- 43% Prefer a tangy Tomato Ketchup
- 17% Of Northern England enjoy a rich thick gravy
- 23% Of the Welsh Community serve their chips with a side of curry
- 26% Of Londoners take the Dutch approach and eat theirs with Mayonnaise
While it is clear we are divided on how to best serve chips a different bridge has been built with fish and chips being enjoyed across the class divide.
With the Fish and Chip industry market now valued at a whopping £1.2bn, and more than 2000 new chip shops opening within the last decade, celebrity chefs have a new found interest in the dish revamping its image and drawing in a new celebrity crowd.
Long enjoyed by Prime Ministers, Princes and Queens alike our national dish has now garnered support from pop stars like Lady Gaga vowing to make fish, chips and malt vinegar her first meal on her tour to the UK.
At Farnham Fisheries we want to create a more personal experience away from the bright lights of Broadway. We offer a relaxing, cosy environment with warm and welcoming staff. As well as our homely fish and chip shop we also provide events catering services, providing fresh and local Fish and Chips for Birthdays, Corporate Events, Charity & Sporting Events and many more.
In summary there are so many reasons why Fish and Chips have never gone out of fashion, but in our opinion one of the major factors of this trend, is that Fish and Chip shops are one of the few business types left in the UK to be largely independently owned.
Independent businesses are always fuelled by a passion and not profit. In our case your taste is our passion offering a grass roots chip shop experience with low prices and large portion sizes. So, if you live in Slough or are just passing through why not come and visit see what we have to offer.
Or if you would like to hire us to cater for your event, please give us a call on: 01703 644 844 or find us on Social Media for a quote.
We are currently running a festive offer which is valid to the 31st December 2017 entitling our loyal customers to a FREE bottle of wine with every order above £50.
Making now the perfect time to pay us a visit.