It turns out you’ve been eating fish and chips wrong this whole time!

One man’s controversial response to an online review has sparked outrage...

One man’s response to an online review of fish and chip restaurant Angel Lane Chippie in Penrith, Cumbria has left the public with many questions.

When straight-talking food critic, Grace Dent decided to write a piece in The Guardian on the Cumbrian chippie, she had no idea what would soon ensue in the comments box.

Dent reminisces of her many visits to the restaurant “Each time I visit Angel Lane, its stone floor, stainless-steel cabinets and spam fritters whisk me straight back to British chippies in the 1970s” where the fish “is always curly, firm-fleshed and clogged with extra globs of thick batter”

Reading this, one man commented “You. Eat. The. Batter? 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?”

The stunned food critic took to Twitter saying “This comment has kept me awake. I. I just. What.“

Responses soon came flooding in with followers referencing The Silence of the Lambs (film, 1991) and comments such as “I highly suspect this individual eats the heated towels at Indian restaurants.”

But is this utter madness or is there some merit in what is being said?

The food critic was certainly confused, questioning things herself when she replied to one tweeter “But he’s sure. He is so so sure. listen to him. ARE WE THE WRONG ONES?”

So, should we be throwing away the batter like we do a salt crust? Or accept that these are two very different things and of course, we wouldn’t eat a crust of salt and egg whites, but a seasoned ‘crust’ of flour and water (or beer) is actually palatable, and not only that, delicious!

Keiron George
Freelance Food writer

With over 12 years of experience, arts graduate Keiron turned to food to channel his creativity, specifically cake decorating. Keiron set up his wedding cake business in 2015. And, in late 2016 won a scholarship at the world-renowned culinary institute - Le Cordon Bleu, London, where he studied the art of French Pâtisserie. He's worked in some of London’s finest 5-star hotels, collecting a wealth of knowledge along the way. As a Food Writer and Stylist food isn’t just a job, it truly is Keiron's passion.