Fish and chip shop

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A fish and chip shop in Broadstairs, United Kingdom
A mobile street vendor selling fish and chips in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A fish and chip shop is a form of restaurant that specialises in selling fish and chips. Usually, fish and chip shops provide takeaway service, although some have seating facilities. Variations on the name include fish bar, fish shop and chip shop. In the United Kingdom, they are colloquially known as a "chippy" while, in Ireland, they are known as "chippers".

Fish and chip shops may also sell other foods, including variations on their core offering such as battered sausage and burgers, to regional cuisine such as Chinese food.


The word "chip-shop" is first recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary in 1953.[1] "Chippy" or "chippie" was first recorded in 1961.[2]


Many British villages, suburbs, towns and cities have fish and chip shops, especially near coastal regions.

Fish and chip outlets sell roughly 25 percent of all the white fish consumed in the United Kingdom, and 10 percent of all potatoes.[citation needed]

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