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Local chippy cause batter storm

Penrith fish and chip shop Angel Lane Chippie has caused a nationwide debate this week following a food critics column on the shop.

BBC1 Masterchef food critic Grace Dent started the week discussing the delights of Angle Lane Chippie. Grace opened the discussion on how British food is often described as rubbish and how Brexit will not effect the British food industry. Grace would later refer to Angel Lane Chippie as a ‘shining example of British brilliance’.

Following Graces column, she received the subsequent comment from one of her readers;

“The batter is there to protect the fish during frying, you peel it off, throw it away, then eat the fish!

"If you bake a fish (or indeed a vegetable) in a salt crust, do you eat that too?”

This view on the UK’s national dish has launched a debate which has been discussed on all across the UK and the even world!

The debate has also seen National Federation of Fish Friers President Andrew Crook comment to clear up the matter.

Mr Crook said “Modern batters are delicious and crisp with a great crunch when you eat them with lovely white steamed fish inside, it’s the combination of taste of the batter and fish bursting through that makes the dish so special.

"Batter came from a practice of baking fish in a salty dough to steam the fish inside historically, but by the time fish and paired with chips in 1860 it had become an edible batter."

Angle Lane Chippie owners David & Daniel Harding had the following to say “For someone like Grace Dent to take time and review our fish and chip shop is amazing. What has happened since has been crazy. We have received media enquires from all across the world including Australia.

We believe top shops now use premium ingredients to make a delicious, light, crisp & golden batter that is not only edible but delicious. We personally eat the batter & find it very tasty”.

What are your opinions on the great BATTER debate of?

On Friday 14th  February 2020 Angel Lane Chippie will be running free tasting of sample of the original style fish and chips compared to the modern day product. Come and have a try between 11:30 & 20:00

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