During our recent trip to England, we made a study of Fish and Chips. Here were our most fun experiences.

Our first Fish and Chips turned out to be the ones we like the best of our whole trip. During a walking tour of Bath, we passed a chalkboard sign that said “Best Fish & Chips in Bath.” At the end of our tour, we went back to The Garrick’s Head Pub where we enjoyed the tasty fish and the perfectly cooked chips (crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside) alongside the traditional mushy peas, which, it turns out, that we liked!

Fish and Chips in Bath

Fish and Chips in Bath

I was determined to get Fish and Chips, wrapped in paper. I got my chance at the Black Country Living Museum. Hot street food on a cool day made a perfect lunch.

Fish and Chips wrapped in paper

Fish and Chips wrapped in paper at the Black Country Living Museum

We met a chef on the train from Bath to Birmingham who suggested that we try Purnell’s in Birmingham. We got to the pub side of the restaurant for lunch one day and had an interesting, and delicious, fusion version of Fish and Chips — with a curry dipping sauce!

Fish and Chips with curry sauce

Fish and Chips with curry sauce

What are your best Fish and Chips experiences?

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Fish and Chips #WeekendCooking — 12 Comments

  1. When I was little I remember my parents taking us to the little restaurant to eat fish and chips. I loved eating them with malt vinegar and when we moved to the states I realized that fish and chips were a bit more difficult to find (at least in Texas!). Some of my favorites have been when we visited British Columbia a few years ago and of course Ireland with the mushy peas. What’s up with those mushy peas? 🙂 Fun post.

  2. Fish and chips is common all over Australia too. Although we don’t tend to have mushy peas- I don’t think I’ve ever had that, I’m not sure I’d like it but would like to try it someday. Good fish and chips is a thing of joy- I like it best when you can get different fish- I have an ongoing love affair with salmon, and it is good battered and fried too.

  3. Good fish and chips is not so easy to find, the right crunch and ratio of batter to fish and the freshness of the fish taste. Glad you experienced some good, traditional and new twists. Mushy peas are tasty, who would have thought?

  4. We have a lot of fish and chips places in Massachusetts, but it can be hard to find a place that consistently gets both parts of the meal crispy and tasty enough! No mushy peas, though. Always coleslaw!

  5. I love fish and chips and was thrilled to get to eat some while I was in England. The only thing that bothered me was that it was half a fish with scales and eye still intact.

    I wonder if where you had yours was any relationship with where I had mine. The Garrick Inn in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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