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Harry Ramsden in India…

It’s official.  Famous chip shop chain plans to open in Indian continent!  Funny that our influence on Indian cuisine which started with curry (yes, the British Army invented it – the word curry, that is), has now stretched to the good old chippy and all its healthy attributes.  Do you think they’ll do deep fried Mars Bars too?

Cod n chips...

For the record, Indian culture has flavoured its food with their exquisite spices long before the British Army turned up.  There.  Hope that’s broken the ridiculous myth that our dubious Empire antics also affected the dinner table!

Mr Boparan, the new Indian owner of Harry Ramsden’s, said that once the UK business is operating properly, he wants to open branches in numerous Indin cities and other major nations like China.  As fish raises few religious objections in India, the proposal demonstrates the country’s receptiveness to Western fast food.

The world’s biggest fish and chip chain was originally started by Harry Ramsden in a hut in Guiseley, West Yorkshire in 1928.  Within three years, Mr Ramsden opened a “fish and chip palace” nearby modelled on The Ritz and sold the business in 1954.  The Guiseley branch is the biggest fish and chip shop in the world, seating about 250 customers.

Mr Boparan said: “Harry Ramsden’s is a great British institution and we want to put it back on the map by focusing on the fundamentals of superb service, exceptional value and the very best tasting fish and chips you can buy.”