Yesterday a friend and I went for lunch to a pub which we hadn’t been to for a long time. We both ordered fish and chips. What arrived can be described only as awful. Both fish and chips were very greasy; the batter on the fish was hard and the chips were soft and soggy. I thought they had been reheated.
When we complained the waitress offered to bring us a fresh bowl of chips. It arrived with chips as bad as those on our plate, so we declined and sent them back.
For months any time I have ordered chips in a pub or restaurant they have arrived in this condition. Are they some kind of bought in chips? They never used to be like that. The waitress tried to convince us they were freshly made. I expect chips to be crisp and not too greasy and likewise with the batter on the fish.
If a foreigner, trying what used to be our national dish, was presented with this, our reputation for British food being unpalatable would be confirmed.
Can anyone tell me what has happened to the good old fish and chips?