A gang of celebs have shared their fish and chip memories in celebration of Seafood Week.
Tom Herbert, Brian Turner, Adam Henson, Joe Swift and Mark Diacono have been among those to share their fond fish & chip memories on Simpsons Fish and Chips' memory board. The board will be on display in the shop throughout Seafood Week, which runs from the 9 – 16 September.
Co-Founder James Ritchie, from Simpsons Fish & Chips, said: “Fish & Chips are without question a hallmark of being British and eating fish and chips something that evokes memories. Whether it’s huddled in a bus shelter in Bognor Regis or being dive bombed by a seagull in Scarborough, most people have a treasured memory of eating fish and chips. We’re really looking forward to inviting the people of Cheltenham to follow in the footsteps of Tom, Brian, Adam, Joe and Mark as the memory board takes shape.”
Tom Herbert, one half of the famous Baker Brothers behind Hobbs House Bakery, remembers:
“It’s a blur of hot vinegary newspaper, batting off seagulls, eating at neck breaking speed because there are six of us kids and only two or three portions and the squabbles in the car if we got Fish & Chips from Pisces in Yate at had to wait till we got home to eat them but couldn’t resist.”
BBC’s Ready Steady Cook legend Brian Turner shares:
“When we were youngsters we were one of the first families on our estate to own a motorcar and so would go to the coast as a special treat. We would go to Scarborough or Filey and no matter whatever we were doing, we would always end up having Fish & Chips. My father was a great Fish & Chip man and his greatest tip was always to wait until there was a queue at a fish shop. If there was no queue he wouldn’t go in. His trick was he would always ask: “I’ll have a fish to eat now please dear” and would put salt & vinegar on it. He’d start to eat it and then say: “Now I’d like 4 times to take home to my family”. I’ve done the same myself.”
BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson said:
“I was on holiday with my family last year and we had enjoyed a fabulous day cycling the Camel Trail, a multi-purpose trail along a disused railway line in Cornwall. With hearty appetites we feel back into Padstow to enjoy Fish & Chips from Rick Stein’s waterside shop, which is both a restaurant and takeaway on the beautiful North Cornwall coast. A perfect way to end the day.”
BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift recalls:
“Well the Swift family story goes that after my mum gave birth to me many moons ago she tucked straight into some Fish & Chips. I don’t quite remember it, but I’m sure it had an effect on me because I love Fish & Chips and the smell of them too.”
Food Writer and owner of Otter Farm smallholding, Mark Diacono said:
“Many a happy day was spent eating Fish & Chips too often in the summer sun on Whitstable beach when I got together with my now wife!”
Visitors to Simpsons Fish & Chips can include their memory on the Memory Board by writing a postcard in the Priors Road shop. Each memory will be included on the board throughout the week of Seafood Week.
The best memory shared will win a family fish feast for 2 adults and up to 3 children at the award winning Simpsons Fish & Chips.
Seafish Seafood Week celebrates the wealth of produce our oceans have to offer. The event seeks to encourage people to enjoy more seafood. On average there are over 100 types of seafood available to buy in the UK on any given day, giving Seafood Week lots to shout about.
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