National Fish and Chip Day 2017.  Do You Have Your Six Portions a Year?

By smei

Posted 02/06/17

June 2 is National Fish and Chip Day 2017 – so it’s a perfect time to celebrate this traditional takeaway food.

In fact, a fish and chips dinner is not just traditional – with its origins believed to date back to the mid-19th Century, – according to the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) it’s arguably Britain’s favourite takeaway meal. There are around 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK, a number that easily beats other food outlets – McDonalds, for instance has 1,200 outlets, Kentucky Fried Chicken has 840 [1].

And, it seems, fish and chips is as popular as ever. Brits eat almost 400 million meals from fish and chip shops per year – that’s six each for every man, woman and child in the country [2]! No wonder, then, that as a nation we spend an amazing £1.2bn on fish and chips every year [3].

Given the money we spend, it won’t be a surprise to learn that 80% of Brits visit a chippy at least once a year, 22% go every week, and 56% buy fish and chips to have at home as a family dinner [4].

How will you eat yours?

We may love fish and chips, but it seems we all have our own way of eating them too – and our preferences are shaped by regional tastes [5].

According to NFFF:

  • People in Belfast eat the most cod, and Belfast is also top for adding vinegar (80% add at least a splash).
  • Birmingham, on the other hand, tops the charts for adding curry sauce.
  • Newcastle leads the way for adding tomato ketchup, while Geordies are most likely to eat from the paper/box, and at the seaside.
  • In Manchester mushy peas and gravy are the preferred accompaniments.
  • Edinburgh is out there on its own – preferring salt ‘n’ sauce to the more common salt and vinegar.

So, will you be having one of your six portions on National Fish and Chip Day 2017 and, if so, how will you eat yours?

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Sources

[1] http://www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk/pages/facts-and-figures-603.htm

[2] http://www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk/pages/facts-and-figures-603.htm

[3] http://www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk/pages/facts-and-figures-603.htm

[4] http://www.federationoffishfriers.co.uk/pages/facts-and-figures-603.htm

[5] http://metro.co.uk/2016/06/03/24-surprising-facts-about-fish-and-chips-and-how-they-helped-beat-nazis-5918974/#ixzz4ia6BspK2

Posted 02/06/17

Author: smei

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