Monday, February 16, 2015

16/02/2015: Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson claims Whitby, UK, has world's best fish and chips - but is Cleethorpes better?

TOP Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson may have inadvertently started a storm of controversy even bigger than the Argentina 'plategate' scandal after he claimed Whitby, and not Cleethorpes, was home to the best fish and chips … in the world, The Grimsby Telegraph reports.

Clarkson visited the North Yorkshire fishing town in last night’s Top Gear while he was testing the BMW i8 and said the main reason for the trip was because of his love for Whitby's seafood offerings.

Reopening the age-old Yorkshire v Lincolnshire fish and chip debate is unquestionably timely with the annual Chip Week getting underway today.

Whitby certainly has a strong case to assume the throne. For instance, its famous Magpie Cafe has won numerous awards and was cited by celebrity chef Rick Stein as being the one which “opened my eyes to how good a chip shop could be” before he set up his own chippy in Padstow, Cornwall.

Of course, Magpie Cafe isn’t the only much-loved restaurant in the town with a whole host of chippies including Mister Chips – once described as “beyond belief brilliant” by Clarkson - held in very high regard by visitors.

But do they compete with what Cleethorpes and the rest of North East Lincolnshire have to offer?

Read more HERE.

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