‘The Scots will batter anything’: Fife fish and chip shop unveils a calorific deep-fried CHRISTMAS DINNER for £8 (and it’s going down a treat with locals)
- April’s Plaice in Buckhaven is selling the 1,000-calorie feast until 24 December
- Festive meal contains fried turkey, sprouts, pigs in blankets and roast potatoes
- Owner James Ellinsworth, 34, is offering diners two options – chicken and turkey
- The calorific meal is flying off shelves and he plans to bring it back next year
Unity Blott For Mailonline
A fish and chip shop has unveiled a deep-fried Christmas dinner featuring fried turkey, sprouts, pigs in blankets and roast potatoes.
April’s Plaice in Buckhaven, Fife, has only been selling the 1,000-calorie feast for three days but it has already proved so popular that they’ve sold out of turkey legs.
The £8 ‘monster crunchy box’ includes roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets, carrots, and sprouts – all battered and dipped in hot oil.
Owner James Ellinsworth, 34, is offering diners two options for the deep-fried poultry – chicken and turkey – and the festive feast will be on sale until Christmas Eve.
Grub’s up! This £8 ‘monster crunchy box’ from April’s Plaice in Buckhaven, Fife includes roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets, carrots, and sprouts – all battered and dipped in hot oil
Something for everyone? Owner James Ellinsworth, pictured, is offering diners two options for the deep-fried poultry and the festive feast will be on sale until Christmas Eve
James, who is originally from Blackpool, said: ‘The Scots will batter anything. I have had people that have walked in here and have walked into my shop and asked if I will batter a Bounty, or even a pickled egg.
‘We do a deep fried chicken supper. We are giving people the option of turkey or chicken, and I’ve found people tend to prefer chicken.
‘But we sold out of turkey at the weekend. People end up overindulging in turkey over Christmas.’
The only things served up in the Christmas dinner box which are not deep fried is a mince pie and a portion of gravy.
James added: ‘I tried deep frying the mince pie but it didn’t go very well. There is gravy on the side. I didn’t think it would take off the way it has.’
Even customers who object to sprouts have had their minds changed after tucking into the mega meal.
Ingredients: The deep-fried Christmas dinner contains fried turkey, sprouts, pigs in blankets, carrots and roast potatoes – and it’s already flying off shelves according to its creator
The cooking process sees the raw vegetables and meat being submerged in boiling hot oil (pictured) before being removed and left to cool. Even customers who object to sprouts have had their minds changed after tucking into the mega meal, owner James has claimed
The finished product: The only things served up in the Christmas dinner box which are not deep fried is a mince pie and a portion of gravy, right
James added: ‘For people who weren’t sure, I made the sprouts first and let them try them. One guy just wanted a portion of sprouts to take home to his wife.
‘Everyone who has come in has specifically ordered it, apart from one person who said ‘I just want to try something different’.’
Over the weekend, James sold ten portions of turkey and a further 12 of chicken.
‘At the weekend it was just mental,’ James said. ‘If it carries on like this I will absolutely do it next year.’
But despite the popularity of the festive feast, his daughter April, aged five, has not yet tried it and James has said he won’t be eating a deep fried Christmas dinner.
He added: ‘I will be having a traditional Christmas dinner. There’s no way I’ll be having a deep fried one.’