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Winston Church called them ”good companions” and John Lennon smothered his in tomato ketchup. Like Morecambe and Wise fish and chips are a a classic double act. Starting out as solo performers their roots might not be as British as you first thought.
The story of the humble chip goes back to the 17th century to either Belgium or France depending on who you believe. Resourceful housewives started cutting potatoes and frying them as alternatives to fish when the rivers froze over and nothing could be caught.
Around the same time fried fish was introduced into Britain by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain. Street sellers sold the fish from large trays hung round their necks. Charles Dickens refers to an early fish shop or ‘fried fish warehouses,’ in Oliver Twist (1839) where fish was served with bread or baked potatoes.
With restaurants in London such as The Ivy, The Caprice and Scotts serving fish and chips, the dish is now classless which increases it’s credibility as our national dish.
Since opening its first shop in 2003 Deep Blue has become one of the largest operators of fish and chips in the UK. Believing that quality comes first every time Deep Blue uses ingredients of the highest quality. The fish is cut and the potatoes are chipped every morning in each shop.
SurreyKitchen visited Deep Blues Oxted restaurant and were impressed with the staffs commitment to using ingredients of the highest quality and level of customer service. The haddock served more than passed muster, with flaky and tender flesh between a perfect honey coloured batter. Deep Blues skilled master fryers know how to lock in natural goodness and flavour by instantly sealing the batter, essentially steaming the fish instead of deep frying it. The chips were excellent, chunky yet crisp. With a choice of Batchelors garden or mushy peas our fish and chip supper was complete.
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Not many people know that fish and chips is actually lower in calories than the majority of its fast food rivals. Fish and Chips have 595 calories in the average portion, an average pizza has 871, a Big Mac meal with medium fries has 888, a Whopper meal with medium fries has 892, a Chicken Kormer 910 and a Doner kebab 924.
Seafood is great for our health, our body and our mind. The minerals and vitamins it provides boosts brain power, promotes clearer skin, shinier hair and higher energy levels. With more than 100 pieces around the British Isles, there are lots of species to choose from.
Also on the menu at Deep Blues Oxsted restaurant are Panko coated prawns, salt and pepper squid, fish pie, whole tail breaded scampi, cod bites, plaice, rock and many more delicious options.
With all Deep Blue Shops you can simply walk in and order for takeaway and those with restaurants dine in. Please see the Deep Blue website for details of your nearest restaurant.
Miles enjoyed his doggy bag of fresh haddock licking up every scrap.