Oh The Smell Of Fish & Chip’s Lingers in the air grease soaked news paper covered in ketchup. With Fish and chips is considered Britain’s national dish, in about 1860 Joseph Malin & John Lees both claimed to have been the first to have the inspired idea of serving fish and chips. following decade fish and chip shops spread like wildfire. The dish, which was hot, cheap and nutritious, became a working-class staple. The number of fish and chip shops peaked at 35,000 in 1927. By this time there was an outlet on almost every street corner. EU rules mean the term fish and chips is gradually disappearing from menus. These days restaurants are meant to specify the precise type of fish rather than using the more vague description, which could include any fish including cheaper substitutes such as Pollock and coley.