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Mr Chips in Louth ~ A Visit, Review & Look Back

Mr Chips in Louth ~ A Review
Anybody who regularly visits Louth surely knows of Mr Chips, it’s been around a long time and is still going strong but is it any good and why should I care ?!
A Trip Down Memory Lane . . .

I’m not really one for fish and chips nowadays but a visit to Mr Chips restaurant in Louth was about a lot more than a spot of lunch.
Mr Chips holds childhood memories and childhood memories are probably the most precious.

I think there’s an argument for saying that ‘Precious Memories’ are best left thus, that is to say not revisited, revisiting something well thought of usually results in disappointment and an inevitable tarnishing of once fine thoughts.

Eating out nowadays is commonplace, families do it all the time. Today there are not only an awful lot more places people can have a meal but the pro rata cost has fallen considerably, add to that greater disposable income and a propensity to spend all one’s money sees us e where we are today - eating out is relatively commonplace for people and families.

When I was a child it was a rare treat . . . and all the better for that.

Here’s me reliving a meal at Mr Chips I can remember eating well over 3 decades ago . . .


fish and chip restaurant in Louth

Mr Chips in Louth

The beauty of Mr Chips is that it hasn’t changed, they haven’t bothered with Paninis or fake fusion food, frozen and microwaved in an attempt to suggest that people are playing the London Gastronomic Bistro Game for £4.95 a head !!
When they gutted and re-kitted Mr Chips they simply replaced everything seemingly as before and that’s to their credit - I loved it !

The Lincolnshire Sausages were superb, as was the fish my brother tells me, everything was clean and tidy and great value.
This is a fine example of if it ain’t broke . . . don’t fix it!

You could say Mr Chips is stuck in a time warp but that’s not a bad thing - changing something does not necessarily make it better, look around you at the country should you doubt that.
You could say it’s me reliving my youth and being sentimental and there’s surely an element of that, after all that’s primarily why I went, but the place was doing a great trade on a cold weekday in Lincolnshire, from teenagers to pensioners and new families building, I hope, their own memories.

In an ever changing world very little stays the same, Mr Chips has and I salute them for it !

If you’re in Louth and fancy a spot of sit down fish and chips or the like then you know where to go . . .

Gastronomically yours,
Rod

20 Comments »

  1. graham h said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Rod,

    I am quite familliar with Louth but I must admit I have never come across Mr Chips could you give me an idea where it is as I would like to check it out for myself on my next visit.

    Regards .
    Graham.

  2. Little Brother said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Rod,
    Nice one. Please credit the hand model :mrgreen:

  3. v said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    I absolutely love fish and chips. But I am very fussy about chips and what passes for chips these days. Like those matchstick thin fries with absolutely NO potato in them. Hate them. Or when chips are the menu and I am given FOUR beautifully arranged like a Jenga . ( NO I want chips thank you ! )

    For some reason, as sophisticated as we have become, old family memories of comfort foods such as these are still very important. Time doesn’t heal, and I miss my parents, in laws and memories such as you describe, maybe not every day, but certainly on a weekly basis.

  4. Rod said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Graham,
    stand in the market place area by the jewellers on the corner and look at the Turk’s Head
    Go towards the pub and go right, half way up and the same side as the pub you’ll see it.
    Proper traditional cafe style tables etc, all clean and tidy, everything cooked to order etc.
    Best
    Rod

  5. Rod said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Hand model: Igor :twisted:

  6. Rod said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    V,
    you’d be OK there for chips, they’re just as they should be.
    There’s no doubt that the memories and the venue are greater than the sum of the actual meal but I’m a firm believer in . . . things are what you make of them!

    You could say I just had sausage, chips and beans or you cold say I had a very special treat and a wonderful day, which I did, not only reliving memories but creating new ones at the same time.
    Best
    Rod

  7. v said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I agree there Rod. Everything is what we make of it.

  8. Rev Enant said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Ah Rod,
    The deep fried fusion of Grimsby Haddock and Lincolnshire Maris Piper potatos garnished with a dollop of mushy peas, unbeatable, it has to be food of the gods. Indeed Rod, Mr Chips in Louth has been in the same family for generations and like you I remember visiting for boyhood treats, eating in the restaurant area upstairs, although the shop, a lot smaller than present, was often then referred to it as “This is IT” as I’m sure others will remember.

  9. Scartho Lee said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    The Pea Bung, Freeman Street Market, used to have the same effect on me. Don’t know what it is like now though

  10. Rod said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Rev,
    thanks for for taking it back a notch, I only remember it as having the restaurant at the side of the chippy itself.

    More memories of Mr Chips eagerly sought, please do leave a comment anybody . . .

    I’ll be covering other places separately so if we save memories of those we can keep everything in one place for people to see for years to come

    Thanks and regards,
    Rod

  11. minnie said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I used to go to Mr Chips with my dad usually on a Saturday (not every Saturday) lunchtime after we had done the weekly or fortnightly shop, and then back home to watch the wrestling on the telly if there was nothing else needed doing and yes it was a bit of a treat as we rarely ate out or had takeaways. When I was a bit older I also went there quite a few times with the Vintage Bike Club when a run ended in Louth and we used to meet up for some food and a defrost - I think the last one I did was Tattershall castle and back one December mid/late 80’s. We had intended eating in Tattershall but when we got there it appeared to be closed - and yes I mean all of it! Very happy memories of Mr Chips.
    Steels steak pie used to be to die for - havent been there for years so dont know if it is still the same? Used to be another haunt of some of the vintage club members but was always a bit dicey leaving a bike in Cleethorpes market place unless you had somebody standing guard, sometimes it was easier to nip into Ernie Becketts for a takeout which was eaten whilst perched on a parked bike because that way you knew nothing would go missing! . My lasting memory of Steels is the killer stairs to the top floor, I recall the embarassment all to clearly after all these years of hitting every single step with my backside as I executed a rapid descent

  12. David Sanderson said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    What with trips to the Mod cafe in Lincoln and Mr Chips, it’s obvious you didn’t make a new year resolution to slim down!

  13. David Sanderson said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    As an afterthought, is it me or did Fish ‘n’ chips taste better when wrapped in newspaper, with a generous smearing of salt and vinegar and a portion of scraps? No doubt health and safety stopped all that which makes the stories about horse meat in burgers ironic to say the least.

  14. minnie said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    yes Parkinsons is another very good chippy, nearly opposite what used to be the Woodmans pub (now Co Op funeral) on Eastgate - thats where my last lot of fish and chips came from. I managed a whole year with one single takeaway last year - looking to make it zero takeaways this year :-)

  15. Rod said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Minnie,
    love the idea of vintage bike runs ending up at Mr Chips, fantastic, many thanks for sharing
    Regards
    Rod

  16. Rod said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    David,
    thankfully I eat clean all the rest of the time so every now and then doesn’t hurt - if I did it all the time though . . .
    Best
    Rod

  17. Faing (Rep of Ireland) said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    The one truly unique thing about Grimsby is the fish and chips. They are the finest in the world. End of. Thanks for making me feel envious of you lot being able to go down the chippy. Must get over to GY for some fish and chips soon.
    I always recall the queues outside the Carlton fish bar (Matthews’) on Wellington/Weelsby corner all the way round the corner whenever he was open. He only sold fish, chips and peas and was a real gent, bought his haddocks on the pontton and filleted them himself..He only opened, as did most, 3 dinner times and 3 nights.

  18. Postman Pat said,

    January 17, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    Chips in a paper bag wrapped in newspaper with lashing of salt & vineger, now that brings back memories.

    When Dad had finished work on a Saturday afternoon we all would all catch the tram on Gilby Rd to Corporation Bridge. We would then walk though Market Square over the foot bridge to Freeman St Market.
    We would then sit on an empty stall and eat a bag of chips. Now that was a treat.
    Memories of Grimsby before the town planners had their way.

    Have been to Louth many times but never tried Mr Chips. So thanks for the recommendation Rod.

    Regards

    P.P

  19. angry_mutant said,

    January 18, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi Rod.

    Glad you enjoyed your visit. It’s always good to go back to smewhere you liked, to experience something you liked, and find nothing has changed. With the exception of the prices, I assume.

    On which note, it saddens me when I look round a number of formerly prosperous small Lincolnshire towns, to see that the prices have stayed the same, but all the shops have come down…

    ;-)

  20. Rod said,

    January 18, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    AM,
    I shall be going back to Mr Chips I suspect - some time this year.
    When it comes to prices I don’t think they;ve changed as much as other prices have.
    Best
    Rod

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