Fish and Chip Shop (Food Retail)

Background History:
  • This food style originated in the United Kingdom.
  • The first recorded fish and chip shop was opened in London in 1860 (or 1865) by Jewish proprietor Joseph Malin.
  • Malin came upon the idea of "fish fried in the Jewish fashion", served with chips.
  • Fish and chips became a cheap food popular among the working classes in the latter 19th century following the rapid development of trawl fishing in the North Sea.
Modern History:
  • The modern fish-and-chip shop is also known as the "chippy" or "chipper" in modern British slang.
  • Historically, the smell associated with fish and chip frying led to the classification of fish-and-chip supply as an "offensive trade".
  • This stigma was only reversed during World War II, as fish and chips remained one of the few foods in the United Kingdom not subject to war-time rationing.
  • Modern fish and chip shops also sell other foods such as pies, fried chicken, saveloys, mushy peas, curry sauces etc.
Harry Ramsden & Fish-and-Chips:
  • An unpretentious fish and chip shop opened near Bradford, in Yorkshire, England in 1928.
  • The proprietor was a Harry Ramsden.
  • This little shop became a very famous fish & chip shop.
  • Harry Ramsden's is now the biggest fish and chip shop brand in the world.
Fish and Chips Popular Culture:

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