Peace on earth and goodwill to all men is great, but everyone knows that the Christmas period is really about food. Turkey and homemade stuffing and chocolate selection boxes and bread sauce and OK, just one more pig in blanket can’t hurt.
As if the usual gluttonous excess of the festive season weren’t enough, this year, a fish and chip shop in Devon has decided to take things a step further into artery-clogging, grease-laden oblivion.
As local news site Devon Live reports, Marshall's Fish Bar in Cullompton is serving an entire Christmas dinner, covered in batter and deep-fried. The meal includes a chicken leg, sprouts, carrots, a stuffing ball, and pig in blanket, as well as a “gravy bomb,” which is apparently a gravy ice cube wrapped in mashed potato and breadcrumbs. Rounding everything off is a mince pie, also battered. Halp.
Speaking to Devon Live, chip shop owner Andrew Marshall estimated that the battered meal amounts to around 1,100 calories, nearly half the recommended daily intake for men.
He also explained what inspired him to create the fried festive feast: “The reason I came up with the idea is because my staff say I am a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas so I thought, ‘Why not come up with something different?’ I started with just the battered Brussels sprouts, then the pigs in blankets, and then I thought, ‘Why not serve an entire Christmas dinner?’”
Why not, Andrew? Why not.