Fried fish was first introduced to London by Jewish immigrants from Portugal and Spain probably as far back as the 17th Century. Fish and chips were first served together as a complete dish around 1860 – the Malin family of London and the Lee’s of Mossley, near Manchester, both claim to be the first.
Lord D’s family operated a Fish & Chips restaurant for many years, hiring security to manage the long lines around the block on Fridays. Sadly the secret recipe died with Lord D’s father (the tall man in the photo), but this version is the closest we have come to the original recipe. Lord D is the toddler in the photo and when he was older his job in the restaurant was to cut all the chips.
You don’t need a deep fryer, but it is helpful to have a cooking thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature of the oil.