“You’re going to swell up like a tick.”
–Work mate when he heard about the Chippy Challenge.
“No, he did the same thing with kebabs, last year…he’ll be fine.”
–Another colleague, in response.
Actually, I lost weight, starting the year at 178 lbs (12 stone 10 or, for the metric-minded, 81 kg) and spending most of the last 6 months dead on 154 lbs (11 stone even or 70 kg). This was grand, as I drank more this year than usual and ran only about the normal amount (maybe even less than, but I haven’t tallied the runs yet). I would highly recommend this diet at least to those who normally live on the 2013: Year of Kebabs Diet. I’m looking forward to seeing what drifting back toward normal alcohol and food intake will do to the weight.
Of the 126 qualifying meals, 75 were at a chippy, 40 in a pub, 3 at the house, 1 at a Dutch fish stand, and 7 others (cafes and dining halls).
I didn’t travel much this year so geographically they are pretty tightly clustered around home and work. I nailed a couple in mainland Europe and a few down at the southern coast, as well, but I had 36 each in Oxford or Swindon so I have favourites in those two localities.
Top 10 in Swindon:
|1 tie||York Road Chippy|
|1 tie||The Frying Fish|
|3||Trident Fish Bar|
|4||Britz Fish and Chips|
|6||Bobby’s Fish and Chips|
|7||Gill’s Fish Bar|
|9||J&J Fish Bar|
|10||Wong Kee Fish Bar|
Top 3 in Oxford (Chippies in Oxford are generally shit, but seek these out):
|1||Carfax Fish and Chips|
|2||Mediterranean Fish Bar (the one in Marston)|
|3||Three Goats’ Heads (pub, but very good)|
The 5 most dreadful:
|-1||Treasure Chinese Takeaway||Shrivenham, Oxfordshire|
|-2||Simon’s Fish & Chips||Oxford, Oxfordshire|
|-4||Covingham Fish and Chips||Swindon, Wiltshire|
|-5||Posh Fish Jericho||Oxford, Oxfordshire|
Best 5 of the rest:
|1||Baker’s Arms (best pub F&C this year)||Badbury, Wiltshire|
|2||Stotesbury’s Fish and Chips||Newport, Isle of Wight|
|3||South Cerney Fish and Chips||South Cerney, Gloucestershire|
|4||Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips||Bowerhill, Wiltshire|
|5||Market Plaice||Devizes, Wiltshire|