A man who claimed the nation has been eating fish and chips wrong has left the internet baffled.
Restaurant critic Grace Dent, from London, wrote a review of Angel Lane Chippie in Penrithm, Cumbria for The Guardian, where she commended the restaurant’s ‘extra globs of thick batter.’
However, taking to Twitter, she told how she was left confused by one of the responses she received, and added: ‘This week’s Guardian column is about a northern chip shop. This comment has kept me awake. I. I just. What.’
She then shared the confusing comment with her 261, 000 followers, which read: ‘The batter is there to protect the fish during frying, you peel it off, throw it away, then eat the fish!
‘If you bake a fish (or indeed a vegetable) in a salt crust, do you eat that too?’
And many fish and chip lovers from up and down the nation were quick to jump in on the debate.
‘It’s so bonkers and wrong it makes me wonder if he’s actually right and we’ve all, everyone, been doing it wrong,’ joked one, while a second added: ‘What kind of monster DOESN’T EAT THE BATTER?’
A third commented: ‘Goodness me. The batter is there to soak up maximum salt and vinegar of course’, while a further penned: ‘Throw it away?! Imagine being this man’s dog – the sights you must see, the opportunities you must miss.’
Even TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp waded in on the debate, writing: ‘If you throw away the batter what do you feed the children?’
Meanwhile, others took a more sarcastic response to the comment in a bid to highlight the importance of the batter.
‘Imagine them eating a Creme Egg,’ enthused one, while a second penned: ‘Wonder how they get on with onion rings.’
A further commented: ‘Eating sandwiches just became very messy,’ while a fourth wrote: ‘Insanity. The fish is merely the there for the batter to cling to!’
Another joked: ‘And the sandwich? Throw away the bread? The butter stops the food sticking to the bread packaging?’