A UK restaurant is offering a fish and chip bouquet for Valentine’s Day (yes, really)
On 14 February, loved-up couples around the world will celebrate their union with greetings cards from Clintons and chocolates from the Tesco confectionary aisle (ok, maybe we’re just really bad at the whole present thing.) If you’re truly a dab hand at Valentine’s Day though, and are looking to woo your partner with something a little bit more romantic than a cheesy card, surely you can’t go wrong with a bouquet…a bouquet of fish and chips of course.
This Valentine’s Day, for the third year in a row, family-run Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham will offer its signature fish and chip bouquet, which sees five freshly-fried battered cods served with a dozen ‘rose petal potatoes’, which upon closer inspection, are actually chips which have been meticulously hand carved into the shapes of the signature Valentine’s Day blooms.
The quirky offering will only be available on the big day itself, and you might want to arrive early as customers often come in from as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland. In the past, one kooky couple have even ended up using the fried treat as their actual wedding bouquet!
To amp up the romance factor, your ‘floral’ arrangement will come hand-tied and presented in a traditional wrapping of newspaper - to us, this sounds like the perfect way to let your beloved know that there aren’t plenty more fish in the sea, and that you are truly ‘sole’ mates (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).
The mastermind behind the Valentine’s gift is Simpsons founder and development chef Bonny Ritchie, who had this to say: “Everyone knows that the real way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so we’ve put a little twist on the traditional bouquet of a dozen red roses by making them entirely edible. What better way to reel in your Valentine than with this tasty treat?”
If you want to take the bait, the edible fish and chip bouquets will be available at Simpsons Fish & Chips in Cheltenham for £15, served only on 14 February 2019 and subject to availability.
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