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    Unhappy Fish, chips and salty lips

    Whatever happened to the original "English ( Italian, Greek, Cypriot etc.)" chippy? The sort of chippy that sold fish, fishcakes, assorted pies and chips, the only flavorings being salt & vinegar. Today it seems lots of chippies use cooking utensils that have been used to cook Chinese or other meals, to cook regular English dishes. Sausage dinners or mixed grills with a hint of five spices is a definite appetite loser for me. I do enjoy Chinese meals but I also expect our traditional food to taste right.
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    Like the Bengal Tiger they're becoming extinct, Chas. There is Byrne's, corner of Stuart Rd and Bedford Road, Walton or one at the corner of Burlington street and Vauxhall Road.

    But other than those two I couldn't name another traditional English chippy. Having said that, I'm sure there'll be an avalanche of chippy locations on the way.

    I think Giannelli's has closed.

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    Thanks for pointing out some chippies, Oddsocks, I agree there'll be lots of pizza/ kebab type chippies around. In the Anfield area there used to be a chippy called Georges on Priory Road. He did all the normal English foods and also had chippy curry and chop suey rolls. That's as far as his menu went but he's sold up and retired. The chippy now is the usual Chinese with a multitude of menus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasevans View Post
    Thanks for pointing out some chippies, Oddsocks, I agree there'll be lots of pizza/ kebab type chippies around. In the Anfield area there used to be a chippy called Georges on Priory Road. He did all the normal English foods and also had chippy curry and chop suey rolls. That's as far as his menu went but he's sold up and retired. The chippy now is the usual Chinese with a multitude of menus.
    Oh well,
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    Yes, I know George's. I remember him and his wife well, a nice quiet couple. The chips were lovely and really good fish.
    The new place with the thousands on the menu - I've never bothered with it. Like you, I find these multiple dishes mostly bland pap.

    I've never seen an Italian chip shop. They must have been just around one area (unless I'm wrong), but I never saw one in my surrounding districts, ie, Anfield, Walton, Tuebrook. I didn't even know Italians did chips until I read about Gianellis on this forum !

    There still seems to be plenty of Greek chippies about. There is a chip shop on Townsend Lane run by Cypriots, and also the Greek family who have been in Anfield for years have 2 shops - - one on Breck rd (near Belmont rd), and their other shop is down by the Farmers Arms, Townsend Lane.

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    Hi Lindylou,
    I recall Liverpool footballer Sammy Lee going in Georges for a team order at midday. There was a European match at Anfield, don't know which side the order was for. Georges was a great chippy.
    The Cypriot? chippy is the International and the fish & chips are usually good. The Greek chippy near Belmont Road was always excellent as was their Townsend Lane shop. I believe that one of the Greeks' sons has opened a chippy close to Anfield footy ground.
    My main gripe still being English meals having a flavor of Chinese spices.
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    When i was a child fish and chips were a very low priced item, nearly every family had fish and chips of a Friday. Our chip shop was Mitty's in Lodge Lane, the had a big coal fired range that required consrtant stoking. Friday tea time would see a queue stretching right outside the shop,alot of kids were there to get the family tea. Chips were threepence a bag and a cod cost sixpence. Mum and Dad had fish and my sisters and I would have fishcakes,a half crown would be more than enough to feed the family. Neats foot oil was used to do the frying,it was from a cow and gave the chips and batter a wonderful flavour. When you ordered a big meal the cook would give you a bag of batter bits to eat on the way home. Oh for those Friday nights, bellies full ,we'd go off to Pavilion and watch the show,
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