Battered delight from St James in Grimsby

A fish and chip shop in Grimsby created a one-of-a-kind chip butty, and The Lincolnite tried it as part of their popular series exploring the culinary delights of Lincolnshire.

St James Fish Restaurant on Brighowgate has been a seaside town favorite since it opened in the 1960s, but has now ventured into the unknown for its newest meal.

Everyone has heard of battered sausages, and we’ve even tried battered Mars bars, fried Cadbury eggs, and battered Christmas dinner, but how about a battered and fried chip butty?

A bun is buttered and then french fries are put in it. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

St. James’s battered chip butty, launched last month, is a bun filled with french fries before deep-fried and served with either beans, peas, curry sauce, or gravy in the bun.

Fillings are then added to the bun before frying. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It only costs £ 2.50 for this delicacy, and The Lincolnite let temptation get over us so we gave it a try.

It’s cut in half because it’s a little filling. You need it in two separate pieces! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Our verdict? Incredible, it works. There is nothing to suggest these flavor combinations should go together, but they just do it.

Our photographer had mushy peas with us, our reporter had curry sauce, both of which were great. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

We added curry sauce, of course, because the writer isn’t one of those guys who has sauce with fries (you know who you are), and he hasn’t regretted his decision for a moment.

In a split second, our reporter Ellis Karran realized what he was getting into! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Obviously, it’s incredibly filling and high in calories. Some estimate it could be as high as 1,000 calories per roll, but as a reward, it really doesn’t disappoint.

The sauce and fries mix in the bun goes very well together and there isn’t nearly as much fat as you’d expect.

They look very neat considering how messy they sound and they are proving to be a huge hit. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Butty was the brainchild of manager Kerrie Drinkell, who has worked at St. James for six years, two of them as managers.

She told The Lincolnite, “I saw the idea on Facebook and decided to bring it to Lincolnshire and we can’t believe the response.

Kerrie has been with St. James for six years, including two years as a manager. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“What is most surprising is the number of repeat customers we have had. I expected most would try and leave them alone, but people seem to really enjoy it.”

Hundreds of battered butties have been made to date, and due to its success, it will now be a staple on the menu.

Speaking of business challenges during lockdown, Kerrie said, “It was generally good considering we are in lockdown, but it has been manic since the introduction of the deep-fried chip butty.

“It definitely got us thinking of other new ideas that could be put on the menu, we’ll see!”

Even Wind the Community Imp wanted to try! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

If you are going there anytime soon, be aware that the company only accepts cash and no card payments are available.


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