This post will go live as I start the second day of my holiday in Dorset. I imagine I will be spending some of my week enjoying fish and chips. But nothing is going to beat the chip dinner Sarson’s invited me to in London the other week!
You might laugh at the idea of decent fish and chips in London. I did when I got the invite. As did my lovely friend Sarah who came with me. But boy oh boy we were going to have our minds changed on one humid evening in Central London. Sarson’s and Jimmy Doherty (swoon) were going to teach us a little more about Britain’s favourite dinner. But even more about vinegar, the humble accompaniment.
I was very
bored excited on my train journey down to London. So I decided to ask Twitter a question. What do you have with your fish and chips?! Well, I tell you what, I wasn’t expecting such passionate replies. Turns out the world is very opinionated about side dish choices for fish and chips. Spoiler alert – the best side won…
Ahead of tonight’s dinner. Let me ask that question. Fish and chips… Peas, mushy peas, gravy or curry sauce? 🐟🍟 #sarsonschipdinner
— DrPond🐝 (@MissPond) September 4, 2017
Once I arrived in London I successfully navigated myself to Poppies Fish and Chips in Soho. I was not expecting the evening to turn out the way it did at all. Basically in a land locked place I found myself eating the best fish and chips I’d had in a long time!
Ahead of dinner, Jimmy gave us a chat about the importance of supporting local food ventures. But also the importance of preserving traditional processes. Sarson’s is brewed in the same way it has been for over 200 years. A process, which as a brand defines them and is something they are very proud of. The vinegar has a very distinctive flavour and is a well known brand, popular across the entire country for it’s role in fish and chips. However, Sarson’s are keen to stress they have many other vinegars in their range, such as pickling vinegar and want to get everyone more involved in using vinegar in their everyday cooking.
Next up after all that talking was dinner. The humble fish and chips from Poppie’s Fish and Chips. As I said earlier in my post, possibly the best fish and chips I’ve had in a long time. Of course I doused mine in vinegar. I also got to enjoy both of my favourite sides – mushy peas AND curry sauce! If you’re in central, you have to try out Poppies, you will not be disappointed.
I had the most fun at the event. I probably got a bit wordy chatting to Jimmy (sorry Jimmy!) but I was very excited! I’m passionate about food and I am always happy to champion brands that are passionate about their roots and ethos. Sarson’s is one of these and with the help of Jimmy I think they will become even more popular!
Are you a Sarson’s fan? What’s your must have side for fish and chips? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thanks to Sarson’s for inviting me down to London for 22h of fun. As ever all hangovers, words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Poppies is located at 55-59 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HW.