Fish&Chips at Swanage: let’s see the seaside

by Camilla - foodaroundblog

For those of us accustomed to the Mediterranean coast looking out to this new sea was a surprise. The vegetation, buildings, roads to reach the coast: nothing seemed to herald the sea. Not even the salty scent. Not pines, not white houses with colorful windows. No. Ferns, forest, a luxuriant vegetation, cottages and pubs right on the edge of the shore and finally the sea. A lot different, raw, sour, with a wild charm. The ruins of Corfe Castle, a fortification dated back in the 11th century, herald the end of the road that leads to the sea and ends in the town of Swanage.

Swanage is a coastal town located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site in the south east of Dorset, England.  The town in the Victorian era became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, with a decadent and shabby charm.

Everywhere, at the edges of the road that runs along the waterfront, are the takeaways that sell the famous fish and chips, a dish not to be missed for those who stop for a walk in this place. Introduced during the 16th century, the fish and chips first became popular in the working class and then expand. Commonly prepared with Atlantic cod or haddock, it is a common take-away food, traditionally wrapped in newspaper or with an inner layer of white paper. People are accustomed to take their rations and sit at the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away .. as a famous and beautiful Otis Redding’s song sings…