Fish and Chips are an iconic pairing of two of Ireland’s and the UK’s favourite and most plentiful foods. There’s nothing quite like crispy battered fish, fried to perfection and served with chunky homemade chips. As for the tartare sauce and/or mushy peas, some people believe it’s got to be one or the other, but I love both. Suddenly there is a resurgence of interest in fish and chips and while traditionalists still insist on cod or haddock some experts are warning that warming seas may change the availability of these fish in the future.
The winner of the recent National Fish and Chip Awards for Nth. Ireland and the UK is Frankie’s Fish and Chips on Scotland’s Shetland Isles. Not the kind of location most people will be popping down to but very well done to Frankie who swam to the top of the pool of competitors to take the prize having come in second last year. I’ll bet the locals are delighted to have such a fine establishment on their doorstep not to mention the tourists. Frankie’s offer a naturally pure fish and chip experience you are not likely to forget in a hurry. He also picked up an award for sustainability, serves exclusively fish from local waters and is officially Britain’s most northerly Fish and Chipper. A lot of people will tell you they only eat fish when cooked in the traditional fried batter way, we are in fact still lagging behind other countries in fish consumption despite being an island although it is changing. If you are one of those people that think the only good fish is one that’s been battered or breaded I may have something for you. It’s a food truck called Eat2fingers, they do old school Birds Eye Fish finger sandwiches with a huge dollop of nostalgia mayo and you need to follow them on twitter to find out where they will be next.