If you’d ordered fish and chips in Britain 50 years ago, you’d get something much different to what you’d receive today. For just a sixpence, you’d be given a full fish and chip meal, wrapped in old newspaper. Newspaper was a cheap and convenient wrapping, which insulated the food and absorbed grease. Fish and chips became hugely popular, and in 1931, a Bradford shop employed a bouncer to control queues at teatime. During World War II, the use of newspapers kept the cost of the meal down, something which was very important at the time.
But by the 1980s, it was made illegal for chips to come into contact with newspaper without greaseproof paper separating the two. Concerns grew over the presence of lead in newspaper ink.
Some shops still use unprinted newspaper, usually from the end of a reel. Or they use an inner white layer to protect paper from ink. Most fish and chips are wrapped in parchment paper covered in vegetable dye – and that is the case at go fish! and go brit!
Fish and chips are, quite simply, one of Britain’s all-time favorite foods – and it’s no different in the First State. Come enjoy the experience at our Lewes or Rehoboth Beach location.