We can thank the approval of fish and chips at the end of the pier on the installation of a high-tech sprinkler, fire main and alarms, as well as advances in fryer technology, which has meant the creation of fish and chips is now deemed safe enough for the pier.
Scott Dolling, Director of Culture, Tourism and Property at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said: “Fourteen years after our beloved pier was gutted by fire, I am delighted that fish and chips are firmly back on the menu. A trip to Southend isn’t complete without a walk or train ride down the world famous pier and a fish and chip meal.
"Although cooking equipment has never been responsible for any of the fires in the pier’s history, we’ve done everything possible to minimise the risk of fire happening again in order to be able to insure the pier and keep it open to the public. But now we’re confident that fish and chips can be safely prepared and I couldn’t be happier to see it back in its rightful place.”
The Pier's fish and chips has been set up by Darren Lattimer, local businessman, who said: "Last year, I got the all clear to start selling cones of chips to customers from a small beach hut and it proved a real hit with visitors. But people kept telling me they wanted fish and chips. So I’ve worked with the pier’s management and am coming back this year with a bigger hut and better facilities to bring fish and chips back to the pier.”
Expect a range of chip shop favourites from cod, scampi, sausage and pies, with the hut being open every day in visitor season - who fancies a walk down the pier then?