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Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Popular English side dishes

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Popular English side dishes

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Popular English side dishes

Fish and chips are the perfect food choice to eat with your friends and family on any occasion. There’s something about this dish that makes it a must-try for everyone, especially for those who love fried meals.

For a more flavourful experience, we recommend trying our fish and chips out with the most popular English side dishes at Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub! Check the list of the items we offer below:

Anglesey eggs

Anglesey eggs is a wonderful side dish that consists of hard-boiled eggs baked in a bed of soft mashed potatoes, all smothered in a thick, creamy sauce with leeks, butter and cheese. It can also be topped with some more cheese for an additional touch. If you’re into eggs and potatoes, then we recommend trying fish and chips out with this English side dish.


Another popular side dish in Great Britain, Clapshot is made up of mashed potatoes and yellow turnip mixed with milk, some butter, chives and onions. Compared to other British side dishes on this list, this is probably the most unique one as it contains turnip. For adventurous eaters out there, this is certainly a side dish you must try. It can also be eaten on their own.


Popularly known as Poundies and Brúitín, this is an English comfort dish that is made with mashed potatoes, spring onions, and copious amounts of butter and milk. By far, this is one of the most flavourful side dishes perfect to eat with fish and chips. If you want to experiment with your side dish, we also offer numerous other variations like the colcannon potato mash which uses kale or cabbage.

Welsh onion cake

Welsh onion cake is a hearty dish that can be eaten by itself or paired with fish and chips on the sides. Also known as Teisien Winwns or Teisen Nionod, it is made with layers of thinly sliced potatoes and soft onions topped with bits of butter.

This is a popular side dish that has been eaten by many locals and tourists alike. When ordering this side dish at our restaurant, you also have the option to add cheese for a richer flavour.

Mushy peas

Traditionally paired up with roasted meat and fish, mushy peas is a classic side dish that is loved by many locals in England. It is usually prepared by boiling marrowfat peas with soda which results in a thick pea soup, and served warm—making it perfect to eat during the winter season.

Neeps and tatties

Also known as bashed neeps and chappit tatties, this is a vegetable side dish that is perfect to pair with meat dishes like fish and chips. The potatoes are usually boiled and seasoned with merely salt and white pepper.

Are fish and chips healthy to eat regularly?

Are fish and chips healthy to eat regularly?

Are fish and chips healthy to eat regularly?

Fish and chips became a staple snack on pubs and bars across the world. It’s considered as a guilty pleasure that people only eat when they’re stressed out or having a good time with their friends. Most people view this food as unhealthy when, in fact, it is not. 

Here at Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub, we believe that there are many benefits to eating fish and chips. Although it should still be consumed in moderation, it’s still not fair to look at this amazing food in a bad light. 

Benefits of eating fish and chips

Contrary to popular belief, fish and chips can be quite healthy. According to British experts, this popular snack is one of the healthier alternatives compared to other dishes served in bars and restaurants. 

Here are some of the benefits that you should know about this tasty snack:

  1. Fish is good for the mind

It’s a well-known fact that fish is very healthy. Their meat is rich with protein and omega-9 that your body needs. A medium serving of fish and chips can provide you with these nutrients when you’re out having fun with your friends and family. Although it’s still better to eat this snack in moderation so share it with your loved ones. 

  1. Real potatoes

The fatter the fries, the more natural it is. At Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub, we only serve chips made from real potatoes freshly bought from the market. You’ll notice that our fish and chips are big and thick so you’ll have your money’s worth of snacks. Thicker potato slices absorb less oil than the regular fries so you wouldn’t be loaded with unhealthy deep-fried food. It’s also a healthy addition that real potatoes are rich in nutrients so rest assured that you’re not munching on junk food. 

  1. Get a third of Vitamin C with fish and chips

Experts say that fish and chips can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. Even a portion of fish and chips can fill you up with your needed Vitamin C for the day. Order a medium serving of this when you’re out with friends and family so you can still be on top of your health even while having fun. 

  1. You get to eat like famous celebrities

Famous celebrities such as Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham adore fish and chips. You’ll get to live like one of the superstar celebrities even with just one serving of this delicious snack. If you’re a history buff, you’d find it interesting to know that Winston Churchill also enjoyed a few servings of fish and chips during his time. 

  1. Lesser calories compared to other snacks

Because it is made of natural potatoes and fish, this snack contains fewer calories compared to other popular dishes. You won’t have to worry about eating too many calories when indulging in a generous serving of fish and chips. Although, it’s still best to eat this tasty snack in moderation if you’re watching your weight.

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Recipes you can try

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Recipes you can try

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: Recipes you can try

Fish and chips are a classic combination of a perfect meal that you can enjoy with your family and friends. With a culinary fusion, combining Iberian Jewish’s fried fish with Belgian’s fried potatoes, it gives you delectable flavours that are extremely satisfying. Freshly cooked, piping hot fish and chips, smothered in salt and eaten during a cold day–it’s simply the best go-to meal!

Want to make your own version of fish and chips at home? Then Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub is here to help!

Fish and chips recipes

Baked Fish and Chips

This recipe is a perfect meal for families to enjoy. This oven-baked dish is easy to cook and is a healthy alternative compared to fried fish and chips.


Horseradish tartar sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  •  Pinch fine sea salt
  •  Black pepper, as needed

Fish and chips:

  • 6 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 ⅓ cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced thyme
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ pounds skinless fish, cut into 1-inch-thick strips
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ pound russet potatoes (about 3 large)


  • Firstly, you need to make a horseradish tartar sauce: Use a small bowl and try to mix all of the ingredients. Take note: Cover and refrigerate them until ready to use.
  • Secondly, try to prepare the fish and chips: Make sure to arrange two oven racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the lower rack and heat oven for about 500 degrees.
  • In a large pan, place it over medium heat with 2 tablespoons oil then stir in panko, thyme, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix thoroughly, until crumbs are evenly dark golden brown, for about 5 minutes. Once done, transfer immediately to a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mustard and eggs. Place flour in a third bowl.
  • Afterwards, grease an oven-safe wire rack with oil and place it over another rimmed baking sheet. Season fish with one teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Coat each piece of fish in the flour, then the mustard mixture, and panko mixture. Make sure it is well coated before moving to the next step. 
  • In a large bowl, toss all the potatoes, the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Afterwards, carefully spread potatoes out on the preheated baking sheet and return to the oven’s lower rack. Roast until golden and crispy, then tossing after 15 minutes. 
  • Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and transfer the second pan, with the fish still on the wire rack into the oven’s top rack. Bake until the fish is crispy and golden for about 10 to 15 minutes more.
  • Season the fish and potatoes with salt immediately after removing from the oven. Serve hot, with tartar sauce and enjoy!

Fish and chips with kimchi 

Compared to other fish and chips, this has a blend of both western and Asian flavours. If you want a fusion of different flavours, then this is for you!


  • 4 pieces large white fish fillets 
  • 12 pieces perilla leaves
  • 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup flour and 1 beaten egg (for fish only)
  • 1 cup flour (for dusting fish)
  • 1/2 cup beer of choice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cornstarch and cold water (for perilla leaves)
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp kimchi juice
  • tartar sauce
  • lemon wedges


  • Firstly, you need to make sure the fish fillets are dry before use. Either pre-rub the fillets with salt and ground pepper or add the salt and pepper directly to the flour before sprinkling.
  • Afterwards, blend the flour, beer, and egg until a thick consistency is reached. Try to adjust the batter according to preference. Mix each fish fillet in the flour first, then dip into the batter to remove any excess.
  • Try to heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat (or approximately 350ºF). Once heated, carefully lower the fish into the oil one by one to prevent any oil from splashing. Once it is completely submerged, fry it for about six minutes and wait until the batter is golden and crisp. Remove fish to the wiring rack or set on paper towels to soak up extra oil.
  • Once done, mix the flour, cornstarch, and water in another bowl. Make sure that the batter is thin then coat individual perilla leaves with a brush until fully covered. Fry it for about 10 to 15 seconds until the batter crisps. Set aside to cool.
  • Serve hot with tartar sauce and enjoy!

Quinoa-crusted fish with sweet potato chips

and yoghurt tartare

This recipe is perfect for kids since it has a sweet and tangy taste making the fried meal juicy and flavourful.


  • 2kg sweet potato, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, skin on 
  • ⅓ cup lemon thyme leaves 
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper 
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 cloves garlic, extra, crushed 
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind 
  • 2 cups (170g) quinoa flakes 
  • 800g skinless snapper fillets that are cut into 8 pieces 
  • Lemon wedges, to serve 


  • Firstly, make sure to preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). By doing this, you can place the sweet potato and garlic cloves on two large oven trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Sprinkle with the thyme, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of the oil then cook for 25–30 minutes or until golden and crisp. 
  • While the sweet potato is cooking, cut the fish in small pieces. Place the eggs, crushed garlic, lemon rind, salt and pepper in a large bowl and blend thoroughly then put the quinoa flakes in a separate bowl. Dip the fish into the egg mixture and then put into the quinoa flakes. Gently coat all sides and repeat with remaining fish. 
  • Afterwards, make sure to heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the fish then fry for about 4–6 minutes. Take note: Wait until crispy and golden. 
  • Moreover, to make the yoghurt tartare, squeeze the cooked garlic out of their skins, place in a bowl and mix with a fork. Add the yoghurt, cornichons, capers and lemon juice and blend it well. 

Fish and chip tacos 

If you’re adventurous and want to experiment with fish and chips, then this recipe is for you! This combines fish tacos and chips into one dish making it a unique dish to try.


For the spicy tartar sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

For beer-battered fish

  • Frying oil canola or vegetable
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 ounces beer for added flavour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound cod fillets cut into 2-3 inch long strips

For fish and chips tacos

  • 8 flour tortillas warmed through slightly
  • 1 package frozen sweet potato fries I used Alexia brand, cooked per manufacturer’s instructions
  • 1 cup spicy tartar sauce see above
  • 1 pound fried cod see above
  • Lemon wedges with malt vinegar (for garnish and serving)


For the spicy tartar sauce

  • Firstly, mix all of the ingredients for the tartar sauce in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Take note: Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

For beer-battered fish

  • Prepare the oven, add the oil and fill it halfway. Make sure to heat the oil for about 375 degrees F.
  • As your oil heats up, prepare your fish immediately. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, beer, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a large bowl until smooth then set it aside.
  • In another bowl, add the remaining 1 cup of flour.
  • Prepare the flour and shake to release any excess. Once done, add the fish to the batter and fully coat each piece. Immediately transfer the fish to the hot oil and fry the fish for about 5-6 minutes, flipping once, until brown and crispy. Take note: Work in batches, so that you do not overcrowd the pan.
  • After this, put the fish on a paper towel-lined plate, or place in a low oven to keep warm until you are ready to serve.
Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: How fish and chips became popular

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: How fish and chips became popular

Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub: How fish and chips became popular

When thinking of classic dinner meals to indulge on, there is always one dish that springs to mind—fish and chips! The satisfying combination of crispy battered fish paired with fresh-cut fries is truly a meal to die for. There is no denying that this dish is globally loved and is often eaten on any occasion.

But, where exactly did this delectable dish come from, and how did this simple recipe become so popular? 

How it all began

During the year 1946, Portuguese King Manuel I married Queen Isabella of Spain, a Roman Catholic who thought all citizens should convert to Christianity, or else should be vanished. People who did not flee were given even more reason to leave the country when Portugal fell under Spanish rule, as the Spanish colonizers sought out and punished the Jewish and Muslim people who remained. With this in mind, many Jewish refugees fled from Portugal to Britain, bringing with them their traditional fried fish, and opening up what was known as fried fish warehouses.

As for fish’s partner in crime, ‘chips,’ can be traced to either Belgium or France. Though chips are often called ‘French’ fries, the Belgians strongly think the ‘fry’ was invented in Namur, Belgium, where the River Meuse froze over during a cold winter in 1680. It all started when the locals had to resort to frying potatoes since they couldn’t get any fish out of the ice.

Moreover, some people believe that the first form of chips was the ‘pomme Pont-Neuf’—which were deep-fried potatoes sold in the late 18th century by vendors on Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge. Whatever may be the case, both dishes came to be known separately, but it was when fish and chips were paired together that the magic truly happened.

Its rise to fame

While no one really knows how fish and chips came together, it soon became a dinner staple in Britain. People started to refer to them as a pair dating back to 1854, where a chef mentioned them in a recipe book called ‘Shilling Cookery’.

As soon as it grew in popularity, chip shops, or ‘chippies’, began to pop up all over the United Kingdom. It is allegedly known that the very first chip shop belonged to the Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin in 1860. Their popularity was evident and by 1910, there were about 25,000 chippies across Britain.

The popularity of fish and potatoes took off even further during the world wars and became known to other western countries as a result. Due to its growing fame, these two were the only foods that were not rationed during World War II. Soon, the recipe’s original bread crumbs were replaced by batter as fish and chips became known commercially.


Nowadays, this hot and crispy goodness is loved all over the world and is one of the most celebrated dishes. Looking to eat fish and chips? Visit us now at Docherty’s Fish ‘n Chips & Wee Pub!

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