The Chippery, 3 Corporation Street, Blackburn, BB2 1LB – Visit Now
The charm of The Chippery is undisputed. It’s the definition of cheap and cheerful with lots of quirk thrown in for good measure. This dine-in fish and chip shop has all the stylings of an American diner with the condensation covered windows of a rainy Northern fast food joint. Red and white formica chairs and counter tops are trimmed with chrome and food is served on ‘proper plates with knives and forks’.
The wall mounted menu is fairly epic, with chip shop standard fare and some Blackburn specialities, including ‘The Dab’ (that’s a 1 cm thick deep fried potato slice) or the ‘John Bull’ (spiced mince and onion between two slices of potato dipped in batter and fried.) There are also lots of cafe classics from jacket potatoes to fajitas, but those in the know stick to the fried stuff. Chips shops are for chips after all.
A large part of the charisma of this local institution is owed to Savo, one of the owners in this family run business. He serves customers with a unique and disquieting humour making meal time that bit more entertaining.
The Chippery crew recently teamed up with Blackburn filmmaker Aaron Dunleavy and Plastic Oceans UK, to make a short film highlighting the increase in plastic pollution in our oceans endangering our nation’s fish reserves. The stunt saw them boldly serve their customers deep fried, battered plastic bottles in a dupe that brought attention to this environmental crisis.
Just off the main shopping area, at The Chippery you’ll get a meal for less than a fiver, but don’t expect to pay by credit card – this chip shop keeps these things traditional.
Top tip: this place sometimes closes earlier than you expect so get to the door before 6pm.