- Not Tom Kerridge's fish and chips

Would you pay £32.50 for fish and chips?

Cod you be tempted?

2y ago

Fish and chips is one of Britain’s staple dishes. A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without it.

You might be used to paying around £8 for it, but how would you feel about paying £32.50?

Chef Tom Kerridge, who you may have seen on the TV once or twice, has said the price of the fish and chips at his London restaurant, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, is “easily justifiable”.

Kerridge was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and explained how the price is down to using the best ingredients.

The ‘fish and chips’ in question is in fact fresh dayboat turbot. Kerridge quipped that if a diner had ordered pan-roasted turbot with pomme puree and a sauce gribiche for £32.50, no-one would have battered an eyelid.

I think both sound pretty delicious.

Kerridge’s fancy fish and chips comes with a trio of sauces (pease pudding, tartare sauce and Matson spiced sauce – which Oprah Winfrey had with her food a few weeks ago!), and some seriously tasty looking chunky chips. The fish changes depending on what’s been caught that day.

As well as using dayboat fish, Kerridge said the potatoes used are “incredibly expensive”.

Although it might not be fish and chips as we know it in the UK, Kerridge said there are three-Michelin star restaurants in Japan making incredible tempura fish, and charging a lot of money for it. So why shouldn’t his restaurant charge £32.50?

While it might seem like a lot at first, quality food does cost more money. And the restaurant, along with Kerridge’s other venues – including his two-Michelin star ‘pub’, the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Berkshire – are special occasion places. It’s not food you’d be eating on a daily basis (unless you’re incredibly rich and fancy).

Would you try them? What do you have with yours?

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Comments (21)

  • Trouble is, when people try to intellectualise peasant food, it usually becomes either spoiled or overpriced. I haven't had these fish 'n' chips, obvs, but I have had other fish 'n' chips in 'smart' restaurants. They're often good, but not as good as the best F&C from a chippy, because you eat those in a different frame of mind. That is, you're hungry and you've earned your supper. That's what fish 'n' chips are for. For sating an industrial-era hunger.

      2 years ago
    • The joy of proper F&C is getting the odd couple of scraps amongst your chips…

        2 years ago
    • I get that. One of my best food memories from this year is taking some great fish and chips (shout out to Becks) down to the beach in St Ives with a bottle of champagne (the perfect combo if you haven't discovered that one yet)...

        2 years ago
  • That's like 75 dollars isn't it?

      2 years ago
  • If the portions are generous then I guess it's ok. If this lad is trying to flog tiny "gourmet" fish fingers for £32.5, shame on him.

      2 years ago
  • Good food costs money…

      2 years ago
    • Having grown up in the restaurant industry, I totally agree with you. People just don't appreciate it... And especially when it comes to sustainable fish and meat!

        2 years ago
  • Ughhhh. I miss good fish and chips! I'd pay for those!

      2 years ago