Fish and Chips – that wonderful pairing of fresh seafood with hot, fluffy potato chips. Its combinations are as diverse as our wonderful coasts. Whether you’re more of a traditionalist fan, or simply like to spice it up with wacky ingredients and sides, this meal truly has a special place in our hearts and menus up and down the country.

It’s a beautifully simple dish that’s the staple of British culture, and one that’s always a welcome treat – whatever the season.

This meal has become synonymous with proper, steadfast British culture and values ever since its introduction in the mid-19th century, when it first became known that combining fish with fried potato was actually a great idea.

And there are, as ever, several claims to fame for the origin of the fish and chip pairing. Both the North of England and London have stakes in this battle, with chips being a favourite in the north, and fried fish in the south.

Throughout the mid-nineteenth century, the industrial heartlands of the North of England became full of fish and chips eateries. More so especially in working-class coastal towns.

Satisfying the hunger of industrial workers, fish and chips soon became a staple meal in the North – and beyond.

But visit any seaside resort today and you’ll be met with a plethora of fish and chips establishments, with many choosing to provide a more gastronomic experience.

With the advancements in shipping technology, more areas of the Atlantic sea became available to fishermen. This had an incredible effect on the variety of fish and flavours that became available.

And it isn’t just the UK where seafood has become a national favourite, you may be surprised to know. From Central Europe right the way across to Central Asia, seafood is the go-to if you are after something fresh.

We’ve created a seafaring infographic to send you on your way to fresh cuisine discovery. Enjoy!