Jul 09

In the Chips

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Posh chips from the Sloaney Pony

The battle over the future of pubs is being fought, as we’re constantly reminded in the media. You can judge the healthiness of a pub in many ways, but one surely has to be its range of potato products.

Packets of crisps are getting ever more rarefied, as Walkers are forced out from some higher end establishments by competition from Salty Dog, Tyrrell’s and some brand that only sells their stuff in little cardboard boxes as I spotted in an East Dulwich pub the other week. You can pay over £1 for some of these brands.

There’s also the bowl of chips, which just could be the new battleground in the fight between community boozer and gastropub. One might berate £3 or £3.50 as being simply too much, except that given the escalating price of a pint in many such places, this is generally less than a beer costs. Plus, you can still justifiably consider yourself short-changed if you get scarcely more than a handful.

And now, from a recent visit to the reliably posh White Horse in Parsons Green, the bar has been raised yet again. No triple-fried hand-cut muck for these people. Only the finest “crispy new potatoes” served intermingled with capers and olives.

Though would it be heresy to suggest I liked them? Under £3 and more character than some of the pub’s habitués.


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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 8 Jul 2009 #

    capers and olives are two of the three “it’s an acquired taste” trifecta!

    (anchovies is the third…)

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    Billy Smart on 8 Jul 2009 #

    I remember a particularly drugged-sounding Brett Anderson proclaiming that “sex is like olives!” in an interview in his 1994 heyday.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 8 Jul 2009 #

    what he meant = when you squeeze olives a little red bit sticks out!

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    lonepilgrim on 8 Jul 2009 #

    didn’t he say he was a bisexual who hadn’t yet had sex with an olive?

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