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Fish and chip facts

We know you love to eat Britain’s favourite dish – fish and chips – but here are some pretty interesting facts about the tasty dish:

  • British consumers eat an amazing 382 million portions of fish and chips every year! That's six servings per person per year.
  • Fish and chips make a balanced, nutritious meal. They are a valuable source of protein, fibre, iron and vitamins.
  • Fish and chips provide a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins for a man and nearly half for a woman.
  • 80% of people visit fish and chip shops at least once a year and 22% of people visit fish and chip shops every week.
  • The world's first fish and chip shop is believed to be Malin's, opened in 1860 on Old Ford road, East London.
  • More than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK – weighing the same as over 14,000 blue whales or 4,000 jumbo jets.
  • Fish and chips outsell Indian takeaways by two to one.
  • The world's largest portion of fish and chips was made by Fish & Chips @ London Road in Enfield, London on July 2012. The mammoth portion of halibut and chips weighed in at 47kg!

Sources: National Federation of Fish Friers, Love Potatoes

“You’ve not had proper fish and chips until you’ve tried Croft Street Fisheries. They’re the best for miles around – totally awesome!!”

Sarah-Louise Harper, Leeds