A Word About British Food. And a Visit to a Fish and Chip Shop. イギリスの食べ物に関してひとこと。そしてフィッシュ.アンド.チップスのお店について。


It seems that Britain’s food image isn’t very good worldwide. Whereas people travel to France or Italy because of the food, research tells us that many people view British food with suspicion.  Certainly our style is different, often with an emphasis on quantity, large pieces of meat etc which must be unpleasant to visitors from Japan who are more used to quality of presentation.


Things aren’t all bad though. Raw materials – ingredients – in Britain can be very high quality, with good standards or organic production and organic integrity.  My own theory is that much of the best English food is served at home.  For that reason I don’t often eat takeaway food.  There are maybe four main kinds of takeaway food here – which are based on Britain’s history as a country with an empire. Almost every town, or even large village will have an Indian and Chinese takeaway and many have a Thai Restaurant (So you see, we quite like rice!).

しかし、事態はそれほど悪いものではない。原材料 ― 原料 ― に関してはイギリスはスタンダード、オーガニック生産や完全オーガニック性とともに質がとても高い。私自身の意見は、最高のイングリッシュフードは家庭で食べるに限るということだ。こういう理由から私はめったにテイクアウトは利用しない。


The fourth style is thought to be our national dish – fish and chips. In fact I had fish and chips today, although this is quite unusual for me – heavy food!  Britain has an estimated 10,500 fish and chip shops and on any Friday, one in five takeaways are from the chip shop. An estimated 229 million portions of fried fish are sold in the UK every year.

4番目は我々独自の国家的食べもの ー フィッシュ&チップスである。実は私は今日、フィッシュ&チップスを食べたのであるが、これは珍しいことだ。 ― 私にはヘビーすぎる食べ物なのだ。イギリスには想定10,500のフィッシュ&チップスの店があり、金曜のテイクアウトの5件に一件はフィッシュ&チップスだそうだ。また毎年想定2億2900万の魚のフライがイギリスで売られている。

The UK’s favourite fish choice is cod, which accounts for six out of 10 portions sold. Haddock comes in second, at 25 per cent. The remaining 13.5 per cent includes hake, halibut, plaice, pollock and sole.


Sadly, not many fish and chip restaurants are very high quality – if you visit the UK, please be careful and ask advice to find a good one. I think that the restaurant that I went to today is a good one. It’s called Simpsons in Cheltenham and so here is my guide to a good Fish and Chip shop and what to look out for if you want good English Fish and Chips. 


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The place has to be spotlessly clean of course. And it’s nice to see an award in the window and a queue of people waiting to get in. This Fish and Chip shop takes sustainability very seriously – stocks of Cod (the traditional ‘fish and chips’ fish) are threatened and so they also offer alternatives, only use wild fish from sustainable grounds and sends its waste fat to be made into bio-fuel. All very good to see.

もちろん店内は完璧に清潔であること。窓にはアワードを受けた証拠であるスティッカーが貼ってあり、外には席の空くのを待つお客の列ができている。このフィッシュ&チップスの店は‘持続性’をとても真剣に考えている ー コッド(伝統的なフィッシュ&チップスに使われる魚)は将来的存在が危険な状態にあるために、その他の魚を使うことや、持続性のある場所で取れる野生のコッドを使い、廃物となる脂肪はバイオ燃料になる。大変いいことだ。

I think it’s also good when the Fish and Chip Shop (we call them ‘Chippies’ affectionately) have well designed menus. To me, that means they are taking care of all the details.


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So I ordered a takeaway which was delivered in a smart cardboard box (keeps everything warm).  All very nice too – the traditional accompaniment is bread and butter and a cup of tea. Not especially healthy – mind you I only do it once a month!


全て良かった - 伝統ではバターを塗ったパンと紅茶と一緒に食べる。特別健康的とは言えないが - まあ、一か月に一度だから良しとしよう。


4 thoughts on “A Word About British Food. And a Visit to a Fish and Chip Shop. イギリスの食べ物に関してひとこと。そしてフィッシュ.アンド.チップスのお店について。

  1. Suto

    I am going to visit Cotswolds this coming summer. I hope this “fish & chips” information would be very helpful for me who seeks for delicious fish and chips in England, which so far has not been realized.

      1. Suto

        I am now in Cotswold and had the fish and chips at the Simpsons,
        which you recommended. Indeed, the food there was delicious and the fish and chips was the best I ever had before. Thank you for your advice.

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