National Fish And Chip Day

A family enjoying fish and chips at a sunny beach, wearing summer clothes, seaside picnic setting..
National fish and chip day illustration

Every day is a good day for a cheeky chippy tea, but brace yourself because this particular day takes our crispy, golden favorite to a whole new level. Rejoice friends, for we’re talking about the gloriously battered and fried spectacle known as National Fish and Chip Day!

When is Fish And Chip Day?

It's national fish and chip day on the 3rd June.

From Humble Beginnings to National Delight

One of the most cherished British food, fish and chips, went from being a simple seaside chow to a national symbol and a day named after it — National Fish and Chip Day. Observed to appreciate the love for this iconic culinary duo, it was first noted in 2016 with close to 4738 online mentions, the popularity of this day peaked on June 3rd of the same year. Whether you are a fan of cod, haddock, or any other fish under the crispy golden coating, this day is for you to dive in the ocean of flavors.

Making Waves in the Digital Sea

While the Queen might not have sent out a tweet about it (but we’re pretty sure she celebrates in private), the day does make a significant splash across the internet. Social media overflows with drool-worthy pictures of chunky chips, mushy peas, lashings of gravy, and oh-so-perfectly fried fish. Food blogs go berserk, restaurants offer exciting specials, and people passionately argue about the 'proper way' to enjoy this treat. It’s a fun, food-filled day that brings chip-loving folk from all walks of life together.

So, How Do We Celebrate?

Whether you love it served classic with a side of peas, or enveloped in a warm, soft, buttered bun as a fish burger or even (gasp!) as Fish and Chip Pizza, there’s no wrong way to celebrate. The element of unity in diversity thrives here as we accept all versions of the dish with open arms and empty stomachs.

History behind the term 'Fish And Chip'


The Rise of Fried Fish

The origins of fish and chips can be traced back to the 17th century in England. During this time, frying fish in batter became popular, thanks to the influx of Jewish immigrants who were escaping persecution. They brought along their culinary tradition of fried fish and introduced it to the English population.


Development of the Chip

In the mid-19th century, the concept of adding chips (fried potatoes) to the fried fish emerged. The exact origin of adding chips to accompany the fish remains uncertain, but the idea quickly gained popularity. Some credit the Belgian immigrants for introducing fried potatoes to England, while others believe it was simply a logical choice to add a starchy side dish.


First Fish and Chips Shop

In 1863, a remarkable event took place that solidified the combination of fish and chips. The first recorded fish and chips shop, known as Malin's in London, was opened by Jewish immigrant Joseph Malin. The shop offered both fried fish and chips as a quick and affordable meal, which quickly became a favorite among the working class.


Fish and Chips Across the Nation

By the early 20th century, fish and chips shops began to pop up all over the United Kingdom, serving as a staple meal for people in various regions. The dish gained immense popularity due to its affordable price, convenience, and delicious taste. It became a vital part of British culture and cuisine, associating it with seaside towns and traditional takeaways.

World War II

Fish and Chips Thrive during Rationing

During World War II, fish and chips played a crucial role in the British diet. While food rationing was in effect, fish and chips were one of the few foods that remained readily available and affordable. The government encouraged fish and chips as a nutritious meal to help maintain morale and provide sustenance during challenging times.


National Fish and Chip Day

In the 21st century, the rich history and cultural significance of fish and chips led to the establishment of National Fish and Chip Day. Launched in the United Kingdom in 2003, this day celebrates the beloved dish and its contribution to British cuisine. It serves as a reminder of the nation's fondness for fish and chips, treasuring this traditional takeaway.

Did you know?

Did you know? Winston Churchill exempted fish and chips from rationing during the World War II because he believed that they provided good morale for the people.


awareness food fun celebrate loved_ones returns

First identified

27th May 2015

Most mentioned on

3rd June 2016

Total mentions


Other days

fish and chip

Fish And Chip Day


Wing Day


Agriculture Day


Bacon Day


Pumpkin Day

medal of honor

Medal Of Honor Day


Foundation Day


Vodka Day


Guac Day

cheese pizza

Cheese Pizza Day