Fish and chips celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. It started as street food in the Dickensian era and continues to be a staple diet of the British working class. It was also one of the few foods not rationed during the Second World War.
There are 10,500 fish and chip shops in Britain, and the industry is worth £1.2bn a year. Some 229 million portions of fish and 227 million portions of chips are sold every year.
The actual date and year is in dispute, but who cares? The anniversary is being celebrated in Britain this year, and it’s a good excuse to indulge in one of the great pleasures of life, fish and chips. [Huddersfield Examiner]