Friday, 24 August 2012

Chippy Tea

In the north of England, Friday night is Chippy night.  

The traditional Fish and Chip shop, known informally as the Chippyis popular as ever and from the time people finish work on a Friday onwards, a good shop can expect queues down the street. 

Usually consisting of battered fish with fried potatoes, in the north many enjoy the addition of mushy peas and always with the addition of salt and vinegar. 

Fish and Chips became a popular meal in working-class Britain due to trawling in the North Sea, the first Chippy opened in 1860.  Friday night became the regular Chippy night due to those of the Catholic faith preferring not to eat meat on this day. 

So ingrained in British culture was the meal, that during World War II, Fish and Chips remained one of the few sources of food not subject to rationing. 

In the north it is common among the working classes to refer to the evening meal as tea but elsewhere (and used more formally in the north), the correct word is dinner… alternatively, if you are feeling particularly superior, you could call your evening meal supper

Here is a video of northern folk band The Lancashire Hotpots with their homage to this Great British tradition.  

Written by Sally of Manchester, England

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