National Fish and Chips day is celebrated on May 27
One of the most iconic British dishes is being celebrated with its own National Day.
Fish and Chip day is celebrated on May 27th and is celebrating its seventh year.
It’s an amazing opportunity to celebrate the fisherman and farmers that work hard to ensure we are able to enjoy this treat.
Birmingham has some quirky named fish and chip shops and we’ve taken a look at the Top 10 best named places.
Top 10 best named fish and chip shops
56 High St, King’s Heath, Birmingham B14 7JZ
85 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9ND
10 Kyotts Lake Rd, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1JT
The Tasty Plaice Fish and Chips
15 Alvechurch Rd, West Heath, Birmingham B31 3JW
Frydays Fish Bar
159 Lincoln Rd N, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 6RT
Collingwood Dr, Great Barr, Birmingham B43 7JU
Moby Dick Fish and Chip Shop
87 Turves Green, Birmingham B31 4AH
216 Dudley Rd, Halesowen B63 3NJ
32 Dettonford Rd, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 4HP
Flakes of Mosely
17 St Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW
What is National Fish and Chip Day?
National Fish and Chip day was set up in 2015 by The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association (NEODA).
The aim is to raise awareness with the consumer for all the work that goes into creating such an iconic dish.
NEODA doesn’t want to just celebrate fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants and retails but also the fishermen and farmers that work tirelessly to get the food to our plates.
The association also works with other organisations such as Seafish, the National Federation of Fish Friers, the Frozen At Sea Fillets Association and The Fishermen’s Association to raise awareness for the important role of fishermen.
What is the history behind fish and chips?
Although it is not known when fish and chips were first created, the history of frying fish in batter dates back to the early 1800s.
It is believed that this style of preparing fish was brought to England by Jewish immigrants from either Spain or Portugal.
The earliest record of chips being served is in Oldham, Greater Manchester in the 1860s.
Both London and Lancashire have tried taking credit as the place where fish and chips were invented but it still remains a mystery.
However in the 1860s a fish and chip shop opened in London by Joseph Malin.
As techniques around commercial fishing began to improve it increased availability of fish, as well as reducing the cost.
Because of this, it made the meal readily available to the working class and because of its affordability, it could be enjoyed regularly.
The meal also became a British staple during both world wars when the meal wasn’t rationed like other foods.
Sir Winston Churchill even referred to the dish as “the good companions” for its ability to keep the British public in good spirits.
According to the Great British Mag, by 1930 there were more than 35,000 fish and chips shops in the UK, but this has reduced to around 10,500 today.
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