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I may have found the perfect real chippy.......

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I may have found the perfect real chippy.......

Harters | Jan 23, 2008 05:01 AM

....but you have to come to Marple in Cheshire.

My "gold standard" for fish and chips is the Magpie Cafe in Whitby and, whilst the Derby Chippy in the "village" isnt quite that good, it's not a million miles away.

I needed to make a quick call to Marple today and, seeing it was lunchtime, poked about to find somewhere enticing (without any real success), so popped into the chippy. What a find!

Chips were near perfect. The right thickness - fried to a non-floppy firmness without being burnt, but still soft to the bite. The only improvement would be if they fried in lard rather than oil but that's personal preference.

Whether by accident or design, my fish was individually fried - no hanging about on the warmer shelf. Excellent crispy batter; good sized flakes of tasty cod.

While I was waiting for the fish, a guy came in an ordered a "rag pudding". Now, I've lived all my life in the north west and havnt heard of this before. But both he and chippy owner were happy to tell me it's a Lancastrian speciality (guy thought from Oldham). Unfortunately for both guy and me, they had run out, so I've no idea what it tastes like. Guy said it tastes very like a normal steak pudding. Here's a Wiki link:-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag_Pudding

It's take-away only, so I collected my order and a 7-Up, handed over four quid and went and sat on a bench by the canal and watched the ducks swim past. I was a very contented Harters for a while.

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