|Nectar of the Gods|
Fish and chips hold a special place in the heart of us Brits. Although the fried fish concept was originally introduced by Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal in the 17th Century it is now seen as quintessentially British.It is claimed that fish and chips were responsible for keeping up morale during two World Wars and they were one of the few foods never rationed. They are famous the world over – Michael Jackson liked his with mushy peas.They were served in newspaper until the 1980’s when it was deemed unsafe for food to come into contact with newsprint. I speculate that the decline in the average reading age in the UK could well be explained by this reduced contact with reading matter.
|World’s best Fish and Chip Emporium|
Pantrinis in Whitley bay on the North East coast is my favourite fish restaurant in the world, although I admit I haven’t been to all of them. A fish and chip shop of the year award winner, it serves succulent fish in light crispy batter, proper, chunky, home made chips and divine mushy peas. Those metal catering tea pots they use don’t even leak now when you pour. Of course the north sea was over fished years ago and so the cod is from Iceland and the Pantrinis were originally Italian immigrants who moved here after the war – but it’s still 100% British and a lot easier to get to than the Olympics.
Whitley Bay is a fine sea side town which in its hey day was known as the North East’s Blackpool which I’m not sure is actually a compliment.A prominent feature of Whitley Bay is the large white dome of ‘Spanish City’.It was called Spanish City because the Toreadors concert party troupe used to perform there and it kind of stuck.
|Stylish Spanish City|
It was formally opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant, roof garden, and tearoom. At the time it was built it was believed to have been the second-largest unsupported concrete dome in the UK. If you know what the first largest one was pleased let me know. Spanish city was also a fun fair. It was immortalized by Dire Straits in their 1980 song, “Tunnel of Love,” which was thereafter played every morning when the park opened. By the late 1990s, the building had fallen into disrepair and was closed.It is currently undergoing a full face lift and the plan is to convert it into boutique hotel, apartments and a diner. I for one, can’t wait to see it open again.
It’s always fun to be beside the seaside here, you just need to remember to keep your jumper on.
|You can’t beat a British beach|
|This frisbee is mine!|