BRITAIN is as famous for fish and chips as America is for the hamburger and India is for curries.
For decades we Brits have taken pride in a dish that is difficult to replicate in other countries - you simply can’t enjoy its authentic taste anywhere else but within our shores.
Doncaster has its fair share of fish and chips establishments with one of the newest being Kenny’s Fish and Chips in Conisbrough on the main Doncaster to Rotherham road. Not only is it one of the newest but it is also part of a growing family chain with outlets in Retford and Worksop too.
Sited in former nightclub The Venue, the new buoy in town, (sorry... I couldn’t resist it), boasts a 160 seater restaurant alongside its takeaway side and free parking on the premises. It also caters for senior citizens and children who can both enjoy their own special menus.
The restaurant is fully licensed which gives you the option to have a cider, beer or wine with your meal.
This is a traditional chippy and although the menu may look large enough to navigate around with a sat nav, it actually only carries the essential classics of cod, haddock, plaice, fishcakes, scampi, chicken breast and Kenny’s famous homemade cheese and onion cake, an obvious savoury offering sealed in breadcrumbs and one of the few vegetarian options available.
Saying that, it’s the first fish and chip shop I have come across that breaks the law of deep fried food by serving salads - yes you heard me right - salads.
The more food conscious amongst you who are watching the calories will revel in cod salad, prawn salad and cheese salad to list a few of them - just ditch the small portion of chips that comes with it and you’ll be fine. In fact no - ditch the salad because the chips are great. They’re fat and crispy on the outside and light and fluffy in the centre.
The side dishes are also heavenly with thick mushy peas, thick baked beans and fresh onion rings, not frozen ones.
Classic chip shop curry sauce is there, bread and butter and... side salad!
Every fish and chip shop claims to have the tastiest batter, an argument that is difficult to uphold but to be fair Kenny’s is a strong contender.
Whether it’s cod, haddock or plaice, (not a Vietnamese substitute in sight here thankfully), you can enjoy its crispy golden casing as much as the fish itself which is only the finest fish fillet.
A selection of classic desserts are guaranteed to top off your visit here. Banana splits, fruit crumble and sherry trifle joins cheesecake and hot fudge cake on the naughty list of tempting desserts.
We loved the traditional taste in contemporary surroundings and my other half loved the low calorie options.
Open 7 days a week from 11am you have no reason not to pop in and give it a try. The future of fish and chip restaurants has arrived!
* John Bognar