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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 22nd October, 2018)

Scran


Scran
Green Lane Chippy, Leigh.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Ken R on 22nd October 2018 at 01:08

Good photo Mick, get another fork I'll join you.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd October 2018 at 07:54

I can probably guess what Scran is but can someone confirm it for me ?

A very fattening meal but looks tasty !

Comment by: X chef on 22nd October 2018 at 08:46

Chips only blanched... Need to go in hot fryer and given some colour. This is common now in this industry.

Comment by: Jonno on 22nd October 2018 at 09:12

Scrawny looking fish Mick.

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd October 2018 at 09:15

Gorgeous fish and chips from there, and a good cup of tea. Been many times.

Comment by: Philip G. on 22nd October 2018 at 09:15

Not much wrong with this little lot Michael. As a matter of fact, I had the same meal at a similar venue last Friday after my hospital appointment. It was a pity about the size and shape of your platter, though ... not much room for manoeuvres. And do you usually attack the bread first?

Comment by: Poet on 22nd October 2018 at 10:24

Helen, Scran is Jackbit. Hope that clarifies things.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd October 2018 at 10:43

This is a pensioners special, the lovely tasting fish was split in half and it was served with a proper tea pot with enough in it for four people and a third of a pint of milk in a bottle
A slice a bread and butter a dollop of tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd October 2018 at 11:01

The plates are shaped like a fish, Philip G.!

Comment by: John D on 22nd October 2018 at 11:46

Battered eel. Whatever next?

Comment by: Gary on 22nd October 2018 at 12:31

Fish looks a little like a couple of battered sardines, otherwise ok.
I can remember when cafes slapped the mushy peas on the chips rather than in a little ramekin dish.
Anyone remember Shallickers' chip shop on Bolton Road, Aspull, circa 1960?Corner of Brinsop Street.

Comment by: Philip G. on 22nd October 2018 at 13:36

I hadn't noticed that, Irene … how the plate echoes the size and shape of the, almost, all-important fish. I think it safe to say that Mick had dined at a decent place.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd October 2018 at 14:39

Thank you Poet, whats jackbit ?!!

I did actually look scran up in a dictionary, in Northern England & Scotland it means food.

Comment by: Susan on 22nd October 2018 at 16:27

Mick,you've been done.My cat has bigger fish than that,it's just a lump of batter.

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd October 2018 at 16:59

Helen, jackbit is food in Wigan! It is food in general but the term tended to be used mostly as a description of what workers took to the factories and mines for their dinner. My Dad took his "jackbit" in a "Tommy-tin". As you are a Wiganer, it surprises me that you hadn't heard that word! xxx

Comment by: Poet on 22nd October 2018 at 20:10

Helen, Jackbit is what you eat when you're clempt.

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd October 2018 at 20:21

Helen - I'm surprised that you don't know what 'Jack bit' is! ( Pit man's lunch or 'snap')
We don't hear the expression nowadays though....

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd October 2018 at 20:24

I think I would have sent that 'fish' back ... It looks a bit too lean!

Comment by: broady on 22nd October 2018 at 21:08

Irene, I went there a couple of visits back and it was very tasty and more importantly a very clean establishment.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 23rd October 2018 at 07:47

Irene & Veronica, in my defense I have to say I left Wigan at the age of 13yrs so was not of an age to enter into the wonderful world of the Wigan dialect ! However I am willing to learn, even at this stage of the game !

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd October 2018 at 08:51

It is half a fish, Veronica. It is a "Pensioner's meal", and with the chips, peas and bread, I promise you it's ample. When Peter and I go he usually has to finish off the bread as the meal is sufficient without it for me. As Broady says, it's tasty food, beautifully served, in a clean café.

Comment by: Philip G. on 23rd October 2018 at 12:14

I'd love to see Veronica tackle this little lot, in watercolour. She does Ballerinas, Wisterias, and Still-Lifes like ringing a bell ... No problem to her.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd October 2018 at 13:55

Gimme a full fat fish anytime and I would forego the chips Irene-apart from 'pinchin' one or two from somebody else's plate!
Philip you are too kind- I daresay you would be quite able as well - but I wouldn't want to hang it on the wall! ( might make my mouth water though!)

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd October 2018 at 20:08

Veronica, if you are ever in Skipton, have a fish from Bizzie Lizzie's....gorgeous! xx.

Comment by: Ken R on 23rd October 2018 at 20:15

I would love to eat that fish, without the fish, it looks so good. ( for those who needs a translation, I love the batter)

Comment by: Maureen on 24th October 2018 at 15:34

Best fish and chips we've ever had is "The Swan" on Lord Street Southport..trouble is I can never finish it all,there's that much on your plate,it's scrumptious...and with all the trimmings as well..

Comment by: Veronica on 24th October 2018 at 19:19

The best fish I have ever eaten was in Ullapool Scotland- it was freshly caught cod from the sea - where else! Lightly battered and covering pure white fish,it was quite expensive but worth every morsel! Yum yum .....my mouth waters every time I think about it!

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th October 2018 at 22:00

Agreed, Veronica. As you know, my daughter lives on The Isle of Lewis. The first time we visited, we got the ferry from Ullapool. The wind was gale-force in Ullapool and the rain was horizontal....you couldn't look up! They told us the ferry next morning may not run. We went and had the most delicious fish and chips in a restaurant and had JUST finished eating when all the power went off! We stumbled our way to the pub where we were staying, which I had imagined would be noisy and keep us awake, but it was in darkness and deathly quiet! The power was back on next morning and the ferry sailed. I have never forgotten it, ESPECIALLY the exquisite fish and chips!

Comment by: Veronica on 24th October 2018 at 23:02

I must go back Irene - the bagpipes are calling me and the golden battered fish! ( not to mention those lovely quaint shops filled with cashmere jumpers! ;0))

Comment by: Philip G. on 25th October 2018 at 09:36

I like your recent post Irene, and in particular its 'lights out' scenario, but '. . . and the ferry sailed' is just lovely.
I remember watching the lads cleaning all manner of fish on Oban's quayside during my one-week stay in the 1960s, and also how quick and efficient the lads had been. Earlier this year I picked-up on 'the fishwoman's' ('I use her first name, of course, when speaking to her') suggestion for sea bass, which she said rates as high as cod and haddock for taste - how right she had been.
Hope Dot's ok.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th October 2018 at 11:30

Yes Irene's post is very interesting - it could be the start of one of the old films I watch on 'Talking Pictures'! I can just see Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson hurrying across the windswept road to the quaint pub.... And she's wearing Trevor's Mac - whilst he gets wet through! Hahaha!

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th October 2018 at 15:15

Dorothy is fine, Philip G, thankyou. Peter is gradually repainting her and the new blue is a beautiful shade. She will look lovely when she's finished.

Comment by: Linda Mortimer on 31st October 2018 at 20:33

Lower Ince chippy. The fish are "perfect!" Cant comment on the chips as I don't eat them!

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