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Fish and chips

Fish and chips
Fish and chips, Brighton beach, Sussex © Cognitive Applications / Maria Gibbs

The nation's favoured takeaway dish since the late Victorian era, fish and chips has only lately been challenged for supremacy by Indian food. Notwithstanding that, it is what sustained working communities in towns and inner cities, providing filling and nutritious sustenance to those who had to endure long working days. Even in wartime, although supplies might be scarce, fish and chips were never subject to the ration.

In these health-conscious days, the practice of deep-frying has come to be regarded as a less-than-healthy option, and strains on cod and haddock stocks in the north Atlantic mean that the chip shops may soon need to introduce other types of fish.

Despite these difficulties, it is hard to imagine our culinary repertoire without fish and chips, and the national dish certainly seems to find favour among many of our overseas visitors.

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