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The best Fish & Chips shops in the UK



Many tourists would like to try real fish & chips when they come to the UK. Unfortunately, in central London and other tourist spots, decent fish & chips are not easy to find According to the ‘Fry Magazine’ these are the 50 best fish & chips in the UK.

As you can see there is only one in London and it is in Harrow, not exactly in the centre of town. But on the list ( not by ranking) there are some shops in fairly touristy places like Alnwick, Norwich, Dorchester, Weymouth, Kendal and Penzance.

Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire

Fintans Fish & Chip Co, Llanishen, Cardiff

Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset

Fisherman’s Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray

Fraser’s Fish and Chips, Penzance, Cornwall

Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria

George’s Fish And Chips, Hanham, Bristol

Harlees Fish & Chips, Westbury, Wiltshire

Henley’s of Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe, Essex

Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan

Hooked On The Heath, Knutsford, Cheshire

Jason’s Fish And Chips, Rackheath , Norwich, Norfolk

Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire

Linfords Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

McLeod’s Fish and Chips, Inverness 

Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire

Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, Dorset

Carlo’s, Alnwick, Northumberland

Castiglio’s Fried Fish & Chips, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire

Chippy Chippy, Holyhead, Anglesey

Chips @ No. 8, Prestwich, Manchester Chish & Fips, Norwich, Norfolk

Cox’s At The Lighthouse, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds

Davenport’s Fish & Chips, Louth, Lincolnshire

David’s Fish And Chips, Brixham, Devon

Dhillons Fish Inn, Throckley, Newcastle

Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld,  Musselburgh, East Lothian

My Plaice Fish and Chips, Gorleston-on- Sea, Norfolk

Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent

Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria

Sea Salt Sole, Dyce, Aberdeen

Seasmiths Fish Chips, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall

Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria

Shaw’s Fish And Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear

Sykes, Pendlebury, Salford, Greater Manchester

The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfriesshire

The Cottage by Haddocks, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire

The Crescent Fish & Chip Shop, Flint, Flintshire

The Esk Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria 

The Fish At Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire

The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire

The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim

The Golden Fry, Benllech, Isle of Anglesey

The Horseshoe Fish Bar, Pontnewynydd, Torfaen

The Little Chippy Tyldesley, Manchester The Plaice to Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

The Shire Fryer, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Tony’s, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire

Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford , West Yorkshire

Valerio’s Fish And Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire

Yan’s Fish Bar, Cardiff Every Fish Bar, Harrow, London

Farnhams Fish And Chips, Boverton, Llantwit

Major Fiddlers Elbow Fish and Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire 

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The cuisine of the Murcia region in Spain



The region of Murcia is located in the southeast of Spain, on the Mediterranean coast. The area has aalso a long history of wine production dating back to the Roman Empire.

The cuisine of the Murcia region is a typical Mediterranean cuisine. The main characteristic is the use of products such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, garlic, olives, almonds, and olive oil. The cuisine is based on the use of fresh vegetables and fish.

The cuisine is rich in vegetables and seafood. Fish dishes are a very important part of the Murcia region’s cuisine. The most popular fish dish is “pescaito frito” which is fried fish served with a garlic-flavored mayonnaise sauce and french fries, the dish is served with a salad of tomato, onion and salt.

Most popular dishes

Other popular dishes are “patatas a la murciana” (fried potatoes with onion, tomato, green peppers, garlic and paprika), “gambas al ajillo” (garlic shrimp) and “arroz con pollo” (chicken with rice).

Murcia region wines

One of the most important dishes in Murcia’s cuisine is “cocido maragato”, a stew made with beans, pork, and vegetables. Or tortilla de patatas, the Spanish omelette, made with potatoes, eggs and onions.

Nice and tasty is el chorizo murciano: a sausage that is made with white pork and spices, such as garlic, paprika and pepper. It is often served boiled, fried or grilled. Murcia is also the home of the distinctive “gazpacho” dish, which is a cold soup made from tomatoes, garlic, bread and olive oil.

Other famous local dishes are: – Gambas al ajillo – Pulpo a la gallega – Langostinos al ajillo – Gambas en salsa rosa – Salpicón de atún.

Wines of the Murcia Region

The Murcia region of Spain is known for its wines, which are exported all over the world. The region produces a number of different wines, including those made from the red grape variety, Monastrell, which is the most widely planted in the region. The Murcia region also produces a number of white wines, such as those made from the grape variety, Albillo and Macabeo. These wines are typically dry and crisp and are often consumed during the summer months.

There are seven Denominations of Origin (DO) for the wines found in Murcia: “Albacete, Alicante, Alicante-La Mancha, Elche, Jumilla, Lorca and Murcia”

The area’s climate is typically warm and dry, and many of the vineyards are located on hillsides overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The soil is very rocky, so vines are planted in terraces to ensure a good supply of water.

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Earth Day: some ways to eat without harming the planet



Today we celebrate Earth Day . The aim is to raise awareness of environmental problems. All we do has an impact and preserving the ecological balance, currently threatened, is the basis. Human impact on our planet has irreversible consequences. Acting on our actions and making the right choices is now more urgent than ever.

The project was born in the United States in 1969, when John McConnell, a peace activist and convinced ecologist, proposes to set up a day dedicated to the planet. The following year it becamw reality. Thanks to the UN, the first World Earth Day was established. Every year it focuses on a different topic: this year the topic is Restore our Earth. 

There are simple things we can all do to minimise our impact on the earth

Some of the foods we find on the shelves of our supermarkets come from very other  countries, often quite far.  Food transport is responsible for much of the emissions attributed to the food production system.

We can try to buy and eat local food, even if we live in cities there are now several farmers markets with fresh local produce

We also throw away a lot of food as it’s past its best by date. That date doesn’t indicate that the product is unhealthy and can make you sick but it might have changed its taste. 

We should use less plastic but we actually use more.  It is a durable and resistant material and microplastics can be found everywhere, even in the food we consume. We can stop using disposable plastic bags and bottles and avoid food with too much plastic packaging.

It would also help if we ate less meat/  Intensive farming, in addition to limiting animal welfare, produces a large amount of emissions and production waste.We can eat less meat but of better quality. Alternatively, consume other protein sources such as legumes, eggs and dairy products.


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Too Good to Go against food waste, how does it work?



On paper it seems like a great idea and I wanted to try it. This is the Too Good To Go app which would is a system to collect food that shops or supermarkets intend to throw away at the end of the day. It is good to know that food is not thrown away in this way, but there are also excellent bargains to be found.

Of course, the biggest problem with food is that it needs to be eaten right away and those who live alone may struggle to eat everything. Another problem is that once booked we do not know what the bag (Magic Bag) contains. Which for many is a positive aspect to have a surprise. Those with intolerances and allergies or a particular diet can have problems and must limit themselves to shops or restaurants that have everything gluten-free or vegan food.

When I tried this app, I first of all looked at what was next to me, because you have to go in person to get the mysterious bag. With restaurants closed during the pandemic, the choice is a bit limited, but I have a Greggs store very close to home and I decided to try this app.

The shop seems to give five bags a day to those on a first come first served basis, of course, yesterday I found a bag  on the app and reserved it, paid immediately with PayPal, at a cost of £ 2.59. I had to pick my bag up this afternoon and the app reminded me an hour before that it was nearly time to go. Once you arrive at the store, just show the cashier your phone with the order and then you have to swipe and confirm that you have had your bag, in front of the cashier. This done, I was given a paper bag.

Inside I found a baguette with cheese and salad, a tuna baguette, one of the famous vegan sausage rolls that made a lot of noise a couple of years ago, a kind of cheese and onion pasty, and a large biscuit with jam. . In all, if you think about the retail prices, the package is worthwhile, however, I have to eat it all  today. There are also supermarkets that offer food packages for a few pounds and these should last a little longer.

The whole procedure is very simple, at the shop they knew very well what it was and I had no problem. To conclude, I think this is a very efficient way to get cheap food and maybe try new restaurants that may be out of reach. Those lucky enough to live in central London will find a variety of famous restaurants that allow to eat delicious dishes for a few pounds. 

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