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Roger Turner
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181 of 198  Sat 29th Apr 2017 11:29am  
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I know this subject is about fish and chip shops, but I must put in a word for the one at the roundabout in Coundon next to the Bablake playing fields. The chap did sell fish and chips and good they were too (not quite up to the Scottish concept of "fish suppers" that I had come to love - it wasn`t just the taste; but the extra bit of Haddock - without skin you got). What drew our family there was the "Fresh Fish Daily from Grimsby" which he sold - it was indeed always excellent.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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182 of 198  Sat 29th Apr 2017 5:28pm  
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Roger, the chippy I remember in Coundon sold scratchings too but depending on the time of day, they were for free.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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183 of 198  Thu 4th May 2017 11:38am  
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One of the best - Coopers, Gulson Road Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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184 of 198  Thu 4th May 2017 1:06pm  
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It looks delish. I wonder if they supply a wedge of lemon too. Wave
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Midland Red
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185 of 198  Thu 4th May 2017 1:08pm  
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We often used it in the early 1960s - it was always very good then Thumbs up
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Slim
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186 of 198  Fri 5th May 2017 7:33am  
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On 29th Apr 2017 11:29am, Roger Turner said: I know this subject is about fish and chip shops, but I must put in a word for the one at the roundabout in Coundon next to the Bablake playing fields. The chap did sell fish and chips and good they were too (not quite up to the Scottish concept of "fish suppers" that I had come to love - it wasn`t just the taste; but the extra bit of Haddock - without skin you got). What drew our family there was the "Fresh Fish Daily from Grimsby" which he sold - it was indeed always excellent.
I was told by one local that the place was known as Smokey Joe's. Another told me that the chips had "an acquired taste". I think he meant that they were well cooked, i.e. they had a dark brown colour, as opposed to the yellow associated with most other chippies.
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Norman Conquest
Allesley
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187 of 198  Fri 5th May 2017 10:11am  
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zigzag
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188 of 198  Fri 5th May 2017 11:45am  
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Midland Red
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189 of 198  Fri 5th May 2017 7:23pm  
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Roger Turner
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190 of 198  Sat 6th May 2017 7:03pm  
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On 5th May 2017 7:33am, Slim said:
On 29th Apr 2017 11:29am, Roger Turner said: I know this subject is about fish and chip shops, but I must put in a word for the one at the roundabout in Coundon next to the Bablake playing fields. The chap did sell fish and chips and good they were too (not quite up to the Scottish concept of "fish suppers" that I had come to love - it wasn`t just the taste; but the extra bit of Haddock - without skin you got). What drew our family there was the "Fresh Fish Daily from Grimsby" which he sold - it was indeed always excellent.
I was told by one local that the place was known as Smokey Joe's. Another told me that the chips had "an acquired taste". I think he meant that they were well cooked, i.e. they had a dark brown colour, as opposed to the yellow associated with most other chippies.
Goodness, Slim, it all comes flooding back - dark brown chip. It wasn`t just the fresh fish we got at that shop, but obviously the chips were to our peculiar standards. To put it bluntly I have a horror of droopy, soggy, greasy, yellow chips, only those which stand up for themselves will do - that`s alongside the skinned fish (I married a Scots girl and perhaps this is a Scottishism) I must point out that living in my parents' household and evacuated to an isolated farm house in the country, we didn`t frequent fish and chip shops, in fact I probably never met one until we returned to Coventry in 1947 and took up residence in Jubilee Crescent. Even then I cannot remember ever having eaten "bought" chips until I met my wife and she introduced me to my first and not I hope to be my last, that goes for haggis suppers also. We did have chips during the war, we had loads of spuds and plenty of lard when the nearby farmer killed a pig, and my mother chopped the spuds up into not much smaller than modern "wedges" and fried them in a frying pan (this on an open smokey range - must have been where I developed the taste). I don`t remember any fish eaten in the family until we got stuff from the Coventry wholesale fish market after the war, but we did get great chunks of bacon cooked in a "Dutch Oven" which sat on a ledge in front of the open range, cooking while the chips were being fried. Cheers Have a laugh. My first trip to sea, sailed from Liverpool - so imagine this in pure Scouse, Lady passenger (looking down the menu at first dinner out): "What`s French Fried Potatoes?" Husband (in hoarse whisper): "Chips!" Wife (completely unabashed): "Well, why don`t they call them chips then?" Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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191 of 198  Fri 23rd Mar 2018 3:15pm  
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Cooper's - one of the best, AGAIN! Thumbs up
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mattash
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192 of 198  Fri 23rd Mar 2018 5:32pm  
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What on earth is everybody doing? Only yesterday my sister was on about CHIPS so I postponed my stew and had chips instead, my stew is on now so looks like a chip sarnie later. Arthur's Chippy on Lower Ford St used to do a lovely cod roe and chips, a whole cod roe still in its membrane the size of your fist. Only tinned stuff now. Sad
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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193 of 198  Sat 24th Mar 2018 9:58am  
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Oh Mattash I love roe, tinned or otherwise. I have never seen fresh roes anywhere here in Perth yet. Tinned only in the 'British Only' shops and nowhere to be seen in the major supermarkets. I have one tin in my pantry and saving it for . . . I don't know when!!
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mattash
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194 of 198  Sat 24th Mar 2018 10:05am  
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Hello Dreamtime, I used to buy a full cod roe from the Cov fish market but have not seen it anywhere for years. If I was you, after reading the post, I would treat myself. Be a devil. Thumbs up
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argon
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195 of 198  Sat 24th Mar 2018 11:13am  
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mattash. I have found that Morrisons in this area has cod roe on the fish counter, in fact I am going today to see if I can get some. The tinned roe is a poor substitute but is used in fish and chip shops to keep the cost down. It also keeps the waste down as there is not a great demand for roe, fresh roe would have to be thrown away if not sold fairly quickly, in addition it is easier for portion control. Going a bit further astray from Coventry, I remember a fish and chip shop in Brinklow that sold good fish and chips and on family outings we would always make a point of going there.
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