Inns give fish and chip rivals a battering

National award for the fish and chips served at the Bell Inn Hotel in Thetford. Pictured are landlord Jason Chappell and chef Jasmine Molton.

National award for the fish and chips served at the Bell Inn Hotel in Thetford. Pictured are landlord Jason Chappell and chef Jasmine Molton.

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CAPTAIN Mainwaring would have been proud of them: the inn where the Dad’s Army cast stayed is among those to have won an award for fish and chips.

The Bell Inn, on the corner of King’s Street and Bridge Street, in Thetford, is part of Greene King’s Old English Inns chain which beat brewery rivals Marstons and supermarket chain Morrisons to take the ‘best foodservice outlet’ award at the Seafish quango’s Fish and Chip Awards 2012.

Manager Jason Chappell put the success down to making sure the beer-battered haddock and the chips are cooked fresh.

“A lot of the branded organisations have it come in already battered, which does ruin the fish,” he said. “Our fish is battered on the premises and we have chunky chips are cooked to order. It’s as good as fish and chip shop fish.”

In spite of being award-winning, it is on special offer at £4.95 a meal until the end of January.