Batty about Bizzies
I think it’s fair to say, as a nation, we are serious lovers of the iconic British dish Fish and Chips! Let’s examine the evidence; fresh flaky fish coated in batter and deep fried until crisp, chunky chips smothered in salt and vinegar, (I bet your mouth is watering right?) and whether you’re a gravy dipper, or you favour curry sauce, lashings of ketchup or thick mushy peas, fish and chips is a firm favourite in every household!
During half term, Jonty and I visited Bizzie Lizzie’s in Skipton twice! Once with Nana Morris at the Swadford Street Restaurant and the other with Gary just before The Skipton Car Show at the High Street Car Park Restaurant. I have to admit, both times we devoured fish and chips, however I took time to read the menu and was amazed to find a multitude of starters and mains without a fish or a chip in sight, so if you’re not a fan, there’s something for everyone. There were garlic mushrooms, chicken goujons, chilli con carne and vegetarian lasagne, to name just a few. Bizzie Lizzie’s also happily caters for gluten free diners, using a gluten free batter of a mixture of rice, potato, tapioca, maize, buckwheat and gram flours and still being equally as delicious. There are lighter options available too, for those watching their calorie intake, fish lightly battered and half the chips.
I also saw a few fellow diners enjoying their fish, or a breaded plaice fillet with a large salad on the side as opposed to chips. Now there’s an idea if I have the willpower at my next visit!
Did you know?
Fish and chips were served in newspaper until the 1980s.
It’s national Fish and Chips day in the UK on June 2nd
The longest running fish and chip shop still in operation is based in Yeadon near Leeds.
Fish and chips are not as unhealthy as you might think (An average portion of fish, chips and peas contains only 7.3% fat. By comparison, a pork pie has 10.8% fat.)
Fish and chips appear in Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” (Dickens writes
of ‘Husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil’)
Fish and chips played a part in the D-Day Landings (British soldiers identified each other by crying out ‘fish’ and waiting for the response of ‘chips’)
And they were excluded from rationing during WW1 and WW2.
Adapted from buzzfeed.com
36 Swadford Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1QY
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