In a previous post about food I mentioned that I love fish and chips. I don’t each fish and chips very often now but I still consider myself a connoisseur of the dish ! I am still fairly slim so they can’t be all bad, expecially if eaten in moderation.
I came across an article about Britains top 10 chippies but I can’t believe that Yorkshire does not have one chippie listed in the top 10. I say that because Yorkshire has traditionally been the home of good fish and chips. The famous Harry Ramsden started his now world famous brand in the Yorkshire town of Guiseley in 1931. His restaurant served a record 10,000 people in one day in 1952. I have been to Harry Ramsdens many times but not for at least 10 years. I can remember the queue’s outside the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon as families stopped off on their way home from a day out in the Yorkshire Dales. The restaurant was, and still is, on the busy A65 road between Ilkley and Leeds.
Anyway, back to the top 10 chippies. There is only one on the list that I have been to and that is the Anstruther Fish Bar & Restaurant in Fife, Scotland. It was a freezing cold day in January and I was visiting St. Andrews. I had read about this restaurant so I drove to the quaint fishing village of Anstruther, which looks out into the North Sea and the Firth of Forth. I didn’t know exactly where the fish and chip shop was so I headed towards the harbour and sea front and parked my car. I got out of my car and set off walking to try and find the shop but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I walked back towards my car to discover that I had parked bang outside the place and never noticed !
I didn’t eat my fish and chips in the small restaurant there. The best way to eat fish and chips is sitting on a bench, so that’s what I did. In the middle of January on a very cold but sunny day I sat on a bench on the harbour side, and they were very good. It is said that when Prince William was at St Andews University he used to make the short trip to Anstruther to do the same as I was doing !
Why Yorkshire does not have any chippies in the official top 10 I will never know. Murgatroyds at Yeadon, near to Leeds/Bradford Airport has fantastic fish and chips and the seaside towns of Yorkshire have good ones too. I recently visited Scarborough and Filey and I can personally vouch for the fish and chips in Filey.
If any of my blog readers have any suggestions on other great chippies please use the comments box for your suggestions.
In the meantime, click the following link to see the official list of Britains Top Chippies.