Deep-fried Christ­mas

CHIPPY’S FES­TIVE MENU IS A HIT WITH CUS­TOMERS

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By IAN JOHNSON Re­porter ian.john­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @IanJohn­sonChron

A TY­NE­SIDE chippy has man­aged to some­how stuff a few more calo­ries into Christ­mas.

Fen­ham Fish Bar has brought out deep fried Pigs in Blan­kets.

And peo­ple – un­sur­pris­ingly – are go­ing mad for them.

“We’ve sold hun­dreds al­ready,” said owner Doug Gor­man.

“The de­mand has been ridicu­lous and peo­ple re­ally have been lov­ing them.”

It is a safe bet to say the treat – be­ing sold in pairs for £2.50 – isn’t diet friendly.

It con­sists of a sausage, wrapped in ba­con, dipped in bat­ter and fried in a vat of oil.

Doug has no idea how many calo­ries are in it, but adds: “It is ap­palling – but it is Christ­mas!

“When we put them out, we thought we would maybe do 10 of them, but peo­ple have been go­ing mad for them.

“Peo­ple are hav­ing them as a lit­tle ex­tra with the fish and chips, a Christ­mas treat.” The shop’s fes­tive menu also in­cludes Christ­mas brown­ies and home­made sausage stuff­ing.

And this Christ­mas should be a very merry one for the shop, with busi­ness soar­ing af­ter 2018 had the po­ten­tial to truly be a

The de­mand has been ridicu­lous and peo­ple re­ally have been lov­ing them. It is ap­palling – but it is Christ­mas! Doug Gor­man

‘an­nus hor­ri­bilis.’

A dev­as­tat­ing fire ripped through the Stam­ford­ham Road shop in Fe­bru­ary, gut­ting it.

The take­away was forced to close for much of the year as it was re­vamped.

But pun­ters – crav­ing their favourite chippy – queued for around an hour when it re­opened in Au­gust, giv­ing the new look shop the thumbs up.

Months on, Doug proudly boasts: “We are busier than we have ever been.”

The fes­tive fried de­light will be on sale un­til the shop closes for Christ­mas on De­cem­ber 22.

Amy Gor­man and Stephen Baty at Fen­ham Fish Bar, which has re­leased a fes­tive menu

Deep fried pigs in blan­kets are prov­ing a pop­u­lar treat

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