- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stacey Solomon (The X Factor UK constestant, 2009) once worked in a fish and chip shop - 'At least I got to eat all the saveloys.'
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