a fish fillet the size of yer arm...

Mar 13th, 2002, 02:31 PM
Ben Haines
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Simpsons in the Strand are over a century old, expensive, and traditional. It is hard to believe that they serve fish and chips, use the word "yer",or emphasise quantity.

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Mar 13th, 2002, 02:32 PM
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And, they are north of the river.

Mar 13th, 2002, 02:35 PM
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On one of my sojourns oop north, I decided on fish and chips. The chosen emporium - in a decidedly unsmart part of town - offered "jumbo" haddock (always haddock in Yorkshire, much nicer than cod IMO), which I ordered. The fish is fresh, peeled from a crate stood in the corner, dipped in batter and fried in lard. Heart attack in a paper bag. Being a "jumbo", it took a while to cook. Three elderly ladies took their chance and ordered while I waited. My fish was ready just as they were about to leave. "You're not eating THAT!" one of them exclaimed. I replied that that was indeed my fixed intention. "Yow greedy PIG!" she shrieked, accompanied by laughter from her friends. I feigned bravado, but I was secretly ashamed. I am now on a diet.

The fillet was roughly the length of my arm (elbow to wrist), but somewhat wider. Cost £2.80 with chips. Flakes of fish the size of sliced bread. You could have written a letter to The Times on them, they were that firm and meaty.

So, buzz, go north.

PS Isn't the geography screwed up a bit on this post?
Mar 13th, 2002, 02:38 PM
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I am not that interested in where you can get it or having it myself, but this has certainly be fun to read..
"yow greedy pig" ~LOL!
Mar 13th, 2002, 03:04 PM
mimi taylor
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I'm with mt. I'd like to see what this speciman John G looks like, with either his monty or his charvet.
Mar 13th, 2002, 04:17 PM
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"Simpsons in the Strand are over a century old, expensive, and traditional. It is hard to believe that they serve fish and chips, use the word "yer",or emphasise quantity."

Well, they do serve Dover sole grilled or meuniere with chips, for only 23.95 pounds! At that price, I should hope for a fair amount of fish.

Mar 13th, 2002, 06:40 PM
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I wish I had read this before the first trip I took to London..I asked for fish and chips in the first pub I went to...wet greasy smelly fish parts with limp greasy chips.Yuck-what a surprise,this is fish and chips??? Now I know better, should have been reading Fodors,years ago.
Mar 13th, 2002, 06:50 PM
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Ben - Be patient ... Refresh and your post WILL come up soon.
Mar 14th, 2002, 04:25 AM
one arm dick
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well, when I went into the shop to get my giant portion of fish, it took the cook so long to get it ready, instead of eating a fillet the size of my arm I just ate my arm....
Mar 14th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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Gawd, I'm glad I started this lot, makes me feel as though I've made something of my day. But, still I'm confused. I take it that the grail for which I seek IS NOT SIMPSONS? If that is the case, then where is IT???

All this chat and now I'm so hungry I could eat horse, so long as it was no bigger than my arm. (I was going to say "leg," but then that wouldn't be a horse, it would be a calf...)
Mar 14th, 2002, 07:33 AM
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Well, there is a post on the thread called "Fish and Chips?" where a poster refers to a delicious piece of fish the size of her arm at Simpson's, but it may not be the usual idea of fish and chips.
Mar 14th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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Hi Buzz,

Your title cracked me up - because I thought there was another person out there describing their portion the way I did.

It's on a busy corner (Simpson's) of The Strand & ? Sorry I can't remember. But the locals will know. We ate upstairs and after being jet-lagged and bleary eyed we saw these 2 enormous fish plates coming at us. My friend from California told us not to bother trying to find good fish and chips in London because it didn't exist.

So we couldn't wait to get back and tell her about our experience.

Hope it's still as good.



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