Nobody truly knows the history of the first fish and chip shop.
Both London and Lancashire claim to being the first to invent this famous meal – chips were a cheap, staple food of the industrial north whilst fried fish was introduced in London’s East End.
In 1839 Charles Dickens referred to a “fried fish warehouse” in his novel, ‘Oliver Twist’.
The populace soon decided that putting fried fish and chips together was a very tasty combination and so was born our national dish of fish and chips!
In the North of England the fist "chippy" is thought to have been opened near Oldham in Lancashire around 1863, this was believed to be a wooden hut. In London however the first chip shop was believed to have been opened in 1860 in Cleveland Street (which is in the sound of Bow Bells)
The Territorial Army prepared for battle on fish and chips provided in special catering tents erected at training camps in the 1930’s.
Fish and Chips shops played a major part in supplementing diets in the Second World War as Fish and Chips were one of the few foods not to be rationed.
Many of the early chip shops were family run businesses that were actually run out of the front room of people's houses.
Fish and chips are a valuable source of protein, fibre, iron and vitamins, providing a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins for men and nearly half for women, so this dish that for many years was looked down upon by the food snobs is now appreciated as a nutritious partnership.
Now soggy batter and lukewarm chips are not the way forward which is why the crew of the StarChip Enterprise cook fresh to order to ensure that we serve the nations favourite takeaway at its best