I had high hopes for this fish and chip experience. Sure, the fish was cod and not haddock, but I had heard rumors that it was fried in beef fat (which in my experience makes the best fish and chips. I think it is something about the high cooking temperature of the beef fat that cooks the fish quickly without making the batter soggy).
We sat down on a busy Saturday evening, and without variance, all three members of our party ordered the same thing. We were on a mission.
The restaurant did have a very pub-like atmosphere that evening- lots of people out with their friends, enjoying a pint and a bite to eat.
The fish came quickly, a generous portion served with nice sized chips (chips are not like french fries, they are supposed to be thick, not thin and pencil like.)
All was going well. The fish was delicious, the batter was flavorful and crispy and complimented and flavor of the fish nicely. Then I grabbed for the vinegar.
What was this clear stuff in the vinegar bottle? Fish and chips should be served with good malt vinegar, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it!
When I asked the waitress what type of vinegar it was (hoping that I was mistaken and it was some sort of high quality, gourmet vinegar that I didn’t recognize) my hopes fell slightly when she replied that it was plain, white vinegar.
The white vinegar added very little as far as flavor goes to a meal of fish and chips that otherwise was top notch. Why go to all of the trouble to make authentic fish and chips and serve them with cheap vinegar?
Some other pluses about the restaurant – they have a nice selection of imported beers and ciders (both in the bottle and on tap).
If you are looking for something new to spice up your brunch routine hey also serve a traditional, Irish breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays (complete with bangers, rashers, black pudding, grilled tomatoes and beans, if you wish).
They also seem to try to source much of the meat for their dishes locally, which is always a good thing in my eyes.
In summary, check out the Anchor if you are looking for good, authentic fish and chips (but bring your own malt vinegar!)
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