Author: Adrienne Boudreau
The British Chippy, a soon to be authentic British style fish and chip shop (pie bar), is all set to open on South Park Avenue as soon as the permits are approved. The concept of the chip shop was the brainchild of Vicky Parker, co-owner of The English Pork Pie Company along with her husband Damian.
This January Damian came across a vintage fish and chip range for sale in England. An idea was born that day, and after a few short weeks the contraption arrived in Buffalo (via air freight) all the way from Handsworth, Birmingham.
The British Chippy will serve Fish and Chips the traditional British way. Only fresh cod, shipped in daily from Boston, will be fried, using an old English batter recipe from Yorkshire. The vintage range will custom slice the potatoes to the exact size of the traditional UK dinners and the meal will be wrapped in an ink-free newspaper, keeping with British tradition.
“There is nothing more traditional than an antique Fish and Chip unit to give everyone a true British experience,” said the Parkers.
“We are still waiting on the permit, once we have that we can finish the ducting on the range. It’s a bit of a waiting game really. We are ready but can’t move forward until everything else has fallen into place,” said Vicky Parker.
Not only has the range been imported from Britain, but all the items in their shop, right down to the decor, have been as well. Even the salt and pepper shakers and ink free newspaper hail from the home of Harry Potter.
Since the English Pork Pie Company founding in 2008, the Parkers have provided Western New York, and the world for that matter, authentic British food created right here in Buffalo. Thankfully the British born couple have made Buffalo their home, and in the process have deviated from some of the lackluster ‘fish and chip’ attempts that many in The States have previously tried (to no avail). The business has won a number of significant awards, and has been featured in The New York Times and The Telegraph for its production of authentic British pork pies.
Western New York is certainly a place that loves its fried fish. You can’t throw a rock without hitting some mystery bar that serves a somehow magical fish fry. However, the Parkers stress that the traditional Fish and Chips they will be serving will be a completely unique taste on this side of the pond.
It won’t be long before Buffalonians will be able to pay a visit to this authentic chip shop on South Park Avenue. This is another big win for the growing diverse food scene here in the city. Stay tuned for the opening of The British Chippy. At that time all will be tickety-boo in Buffalo.
The British Chippy | 1216 South Park Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14220 | (716) 823-3772 | Facebook