Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Benjamin Roberts

Date: Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:36 / source:Yicai

A fish and chip shop in Yorkshire has made a Mandarin menu after being overrun by Chinese tourists in the wake of the Premier's visit. 

Scotts Fish and Chips near York has seen coach loads of visitors wanting to try the traditional dish.

The passion for the chippy has been put down to Chinese president Xi Jinping after he shared a plate of the classic British favorite with then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.

Manager of the shop Roxy Vasai said more than 100 Chinese tourists were now visiting every week.

“It really has taken off, the word seems to have spread quickly among the Chinese community',” she said.

“It definitely stemmed from the Chinese Premier being here and now they all want to try what he tried and get a taste for a classic British dish. I'm sure it won't be just is experiencing this change.

“When we see the coach arrive we're all ready and we know they will all be excited and we think translating the menu gives them more options on what they might like to order.” 

Staff said visitors were often keen to make a real occasion out of their visit with many of them posting with employees for photographs which are located on the A64 at Bilbrough Top.

Will Zhuang, ambassador for Make It York, an organization which promotes the city, said many Chinese visitors had been influenced by their president sampling a fish and chip supper during his visit to the UK in 2015.

He added that because of this many Chinese tour operators had added the “fish and chip experience” to their itineraries.

He said: “Most of the Chinese tour groups will visit London, Cambridge and then to York and on their way to York they will pass the A64, so this is an ideal location for the coach to park up.”

Scotts have also launched a webpage with a messaging service on one of China’s most popular social media sites in a bit to promote the chippy further.

 

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