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Sarson’s Chip Dinner with Jimmy Doherty

September 11, 2017

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.

Sarson's Dinner at Poppies Fish and Chips London

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…

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!

Sarson's Ambassador Jimmy Doherty Talk

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.

Sarson's Chip Dinner

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.

Sarson's and Poppies Chip Dinner

Sarson's Ambassador Jimmy Doherty

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,


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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.


  • Reply Annick September 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I love their food there! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply MissPond September 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      It was seriously tasty, I was very impressed 🙂

  • Reply Bec Oakes September 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m getting hungry just looking at those pictures! I couldn’t agree more on mushy peas being the best side dish. With just a hint of salt, vinegar and ketchup it’s the perfect meal! x

    • Reply MissPond September 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Mushy peas are the best!!! In fact I entirely agree with you about how to have them 🙂

  • Reply Katie September 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Wow, that fish and chips look mega! I’m a massive fan of vinegar too I must say – preferably a 3:1 ratio of vinegar to salt! Looks like a fab event x

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  • Reply Dannii September 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I would have been excited to meet Jimmy too! It looks like you had fun at the event.

    • Reply MissPond September 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      It was so much fun! The food was wonderful too 🙂

  • Reply chichi September 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    i can have fish and chips every day!!! you had a great time, totally get the chatty bit!

    • Reply MissPond September 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      I could too! It was so much fun 🙂

  • Reply Patrick September 11, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I use a combo of ketchup and tartar sauce on my fish and chips,we don’t really have a GREAT place for seafood in my town,you have to travel a bit!

  • Reply Matt Thompson September 11, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Looks like a great night! And I’m 100% with you on the accompaniments, mushy peas and curry sauce are the only options!

    • Reply MissPond September 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      I’m glad someone else is in agreement! I do love fish and chips 🙂

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