Scraps (batter)

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Chips with scraps

Scraps or batter bits are pieces of deep-fried batter left over in the fryer as a by-product of frying fish, and are served as an accompaniment to chips.[1] They are traditionally served free of charge with chips by some fish and chip shops in the United Kingdom,[2] although some places charge for the scraps.

Terminology varies by region. In some parts of the north of England, they are referred to as bits or dubs; in the West Country they are known as gribbles.[3] They can be found all over the United Kingdom such as in Inverness, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff or Leeds[4].

See also[edit]

  • Feuilletine – pieces of baked crêpe batter
  • Tenkasu – pieces of deep-fried batter used in Japanese cuisine


  1. ^ Alexander, James (18 December 2011). "The unlikely origin of fish and chips". BBC News. Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  2. ^ Busfield, Steve (17 July 2007). "Do you know what scraps are? And why they should be free". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  3. ^ Brennan, Christopher. "How to order fish and chips in Yorkshire". All Points North. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  4. ^ Varley, Ciaran (3 June 2016). "Some of the amazing things you can get in chip shops around the UK and Ireland". BBC Three. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.