1 in 4 of all British Potatoes consumed in Britain are eaten as chips.
With more than 250 million fish and chip shop meals (featuring fish) sold a year, the traditional dish of fish and chips is still top of the league of Britain's favourite fast foods. It is difficult to resist the tasty combination of fish and chips and fortunately there are over 11,000 fish and chip shops in the UK.
The UK's fish and chip shops sell over 277 million portions of chips per year. An average portion of battered cod and chips has fewer calories, at least half the saturated fat and just a tenth of the salt of a cheese and tomato pizza.
The nations favourite dip is tomato sauce.
A 100g serving oven chips contains just 0.1g salt compared with 0.5g in a small packet of roasted peanuts, 0.5g in small bowl of cornflakes, 2.7g in a 200g can baked beans and 3.5g in a 300g can tomato soup.
An average serving of chips contains more than double the amount of fibre found in an average serving of brown rice or bowl of porridge.
Britain's favourite accompaniment to fish and chips is salt and vinegar but depending on the region, others are just as popular, mushy peas, tomato ketchup, curry sauce, gravy, or even a bottle of stout.
1 in 5 people eat fish with their chips.
You can get almost a third of your daily vitamin C from a portion of chips. A 100g serving of oven chips contains 12mg of vitamin C, that's double the amount of vitamin C in an apple.
On a Friday in the UK, 20% of meals purchased outside the home are from a fish and chip shop. Fish and chips have a third less calories than the other popular takeaways, and represents just 30% of a female's recommended calorie intake and 23% of a male's. It also has a massive 42% less fat than a doner kebab and a third less than a Whopper Meal from Burger King.
An average portion of battered cod & chips contains at least a quarter of the fat and a third fewer calories than a serving of either chicken tikka masala & pilau rice, or sweet and sour pork and egg-fried rice.
Chips are the nations favourite. 41% named cod and chips as their favourite takeaway, while chicken tikka masala and pilau rice scored just 21%,and sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice polled only 15%
Potatoes were first eaten by ancestors of the Incas over 6000 years ago.
Potatoes became fashionable in the eighteenth century when Marie Antoinette paraded through the French countryside wearing potato blossoms in her hair.
It was around the eighteenth century that the French served the first 'pomme frites', fried potatoes that we have come to call chips.
The forerunner to modern fish and chip shops, fried fish warehouses, were popular in Charles Dickens' time, and even featured in the novel Oliver Twist, first published in the late 1830's.
There are now more than 11,500 fish and chip shops across Britain.
Fish and chips are a big favourite for family takeaway meals. They're nearly four times more popular than Indian curries.
Around £1.47 billion worth of seafood was imported in 2004 and the UK exported around £881 million in seafood products mainly to Continental Europe.
The UK fishing industry employs 11,600 fishermen working on 6,600 vessels. In 2004 the UK fleet landed 654 thousand tonnes of fish (including shellfish) worth £513 million into the UK and abroad.
Cod still accounts for 22% of total GB consumption and haddock for 14%. Most of our shellfish is transported to continental markets, and prawns now account for 11% of GB consumption.