As it was National Fish and Chip day it seemed rude not to see what Preston’s newest chippy had to offer.Advertisement
Friargate Fish and Chips opened on Tuesday in what was one half of Fusion Lounge.
Owner Russell Lee has downsized and brought his ‘gourmet’ fish and chips to a takeaway menu.
Serving craft ales you can enjoy a pale ale The Bears BigHug while you wait for your food to be cooked up. It’s only 3.1% so was perfect for easy sipping while waiting for my takeaway to be put together.
The fish is lightly battered and comes with a good serving of chips. This was only a small portion but had ample chips, and the fish is light, fluffy and well cooked. It’s difficult finding great fish in Preston but Russell seems to have found a good source.
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You also get a good size pot of tartare sauce for dunking and smothering.
And now for the special treat. Sumo Dogs are likely to eclipse the fish and chips in popularity.
I sampled the chilli cheese dog which is an experience.
Branded as ‘sumo’ they give a nod to Fusion Room of old and heck are they filling. The sausage is stuffed with chilli and cheese and is just right on the spice level. You’re not going to be sweating at the brow but do watch out for the cheese filling coming squirting out all over the place.
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Served with cheese and bacon fries these are my highlight. Smothered in gooey cheese and the bacon bits are super tasty.
Russell’s definitely not your standard chippy, and that is reflected in the price (£14 for small fish and chips, the Sumo Dog and two cans of coke) but it’s a price worth paying for a ‘posh’ takeaway.
He says he’s been busy since opening, and there’s plans for a noodle bar to open next door if the fish and chips venture is a success. On this serving I think the spirit of Fusion Room is alive and well.
Scores on the doors
Dishy fishy? 7/10
Quality chips? 8/10
Mushtastic peas? N/A
Value for money? 6/10
Food hygiene rating? 4/5 (via scoresonthedoors.org, based on Fusion Room Inspection in November 2015)
What does TripAdvisor say? Not on it yet!
Where is it? 80 Friargate, Preston
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