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British fish and chip shop opens in Buffalo

Ashley Hirtzel

An authentic British fish and chip shop opened Monday in South Buffalo. The British-born owners of the English Pork Pie Co. in Buffalo have opened a new shop called British Chippy, located next door to the business on South Park Avenue.

The eatery is the first of its kind in western New York and features cuisine prepared from goods and products imported from England.

Co-owner and operator Vicky Parker says she and her husband Damian decided to open the shop after they purchased a vintage Fish and Chip range from England.

Parker explains the difference between a fish fry found in restaurants across the city and traditional British fish and chips.

“It’s the way that we cook it. The chips are thicker. We use a specific potato as well, so it has a different taste. We’ve sourced the potatoes specifically for the purpose that they taste different from a regular French fry. They’re less in fat. We use trans fat-free oils and natural oils, as well," said Parker.

"The fish is the best fish that we could source and it's cod. I know people in Buffalo like haddock, but as soon as they taste our fish, they’ll love it. It’s wrapped in newspaper too, but unprinted.”

Parker says she hopes British Chippy adds to all the new development in the city.

Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO
Authentic British fish and chips being cooked at British Chippy.

“Since we’ve been in Buffalo, we’ve grown so much. It’s because of the support of Buffalo people and not just Buffalo, but the whole of America as well. We’re just happy to give the local people a taste of British food, how it should be made anyway. Hopefully we want to open a few more in western New York in the Buffalo area and then we want to expand into the rest of the country as well,” said Parker.

The shop has already garnered attention from tourists visiting the region. Parker says she hopes the eatery will help attract many more to the city.