British fish and chip shop becomes destination for coach loads of Chinese tourists after ‘the King of Asian pop’ married nearby – and they’ve even had to translate their menu into Mandarin and Cantonese
- Freshly cooked battered fillets and hot golden chips are popular with Chinese
- Scotts Fish and Chips staff in Yorkshire is attracting hundreds of Chinese diners
- ‘We’re very impressed by the Chinese tourists, they are friendly,’ the chippy said
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Chinese tourists are hooked on a Yorkshire fish and chip shop after the ‘King of Asian pop’ married a model at a stately home in the area.
It appears they can’t get enough of freshly cooked battered fillets and golden chips served up by Scotts Fish and Chips near York – which has even been forced to translate its menu into Cantonese and Mandarin.
The chippy is being overrun by hundreds of Chinese tourists as bus operators added it to a visitors’ route, because it is located close to a venue where a Taiwanese singer got married.
Scotts Fish and Chips in Yorkshire is welcoming hundreds of Chinese visitors, who travel to the eatery by coach
Scotts’ manager, Roxy Vasai, said: ‘We look out for a coach and when they’re coming we shout “they’re here, there are 20, 30, 40, let’s make it ready for them”
Jay Chou, who played Seth Rogen’s sidekick Kato in The Green Hornet, held his wedding to Hannah Quinlivan at Selby’s 1,000-year-old abbey in 2015
Jay Chou, who also played Seth Rogen’s sidekick Kato in The Green Hornet, held his wedding at Selby’s 1,000-year-old abbey in 2015.
Chou, known for his blend of traditional Chinese instrument sounds, hip hop and R&B, is one of the biggest stars that Taiwan has ever produced, and is nicknamed the ‘New King of Asian Pop’.
For his marriage to model Hannah Quinlivan, the star opted for Selby Abbey in Yorkshire for the ceremony and the nearby home of Castle Howard to host the reception.
Roxy Vasai, manager of Scott’s Chip Shop, near York, said that members of staff wait at the window to count the number of tourists departing from coaches
The menu available for Chinese visitors dining at the popular chippy has been translated into Cantonese and Mandarin
Full house: hungry tourists tuck into classic British deep-fried fare in north Yorkshire
And as Scotts Fish and Chips is en-route to the venue, the chippy has benefitted from a wave of Asian interest following Jay’s decision to tie the knot there.
Members of staff at the restaurant wait at the window and count how many tourists get off the bus so they can ready their fryers.
Scotts’ manager, Roxy Vasai, said: ‘We look out for a coach and when they’re coming we shout “they’re here, there are 20, 30, 40, let’s make it ready for them”.
‘We are very impressed by the Chinese tourists – they are very friendly, smiley and happy.’
The restaurant has also launched a website and a messaging app on one of China’s most popular social media platforms to promote the business.
Will Zhuang, ambassador for promotional company Make It York, said many Chinese tour operators had added the ‘fish and chip experience’ to their stop-offs.
In 2015, then Prime Minister David Cameron shared a pint and fish and chips with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a pub near Chequers, Buckinghamshire
The classic British deep-fried fare has proven especially popular as Chinese president Xi Jinping shared a fish and chip supper with David Cameron when he was PM in 2015.
He brought the Chinese leader to his favourite pub, The Plough at Cadsden in Buckinghamshire, where they both tucked into a fish and chips supper, and drank a Greene King IPA.
Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, later said that as a result of that visit, Mr Cameron’s favourite pub had become a ‘household name in China’ and the thirst for fish and chips and IPA was insatiable.
Fish and chips – a dish that has come to symbolise British food overseas – is well known in China as every middle school student learns about it in their English textbooks, reports the South China Morning Post.
Tempting: A serving of fish, chips and mushy peas at Scotts Fish and Chip Shop, York
The British chippy is being overrun by hundreds of Chinese tourists after bus operators added it to a route – because it is near a venue where a Taiwanese popstar got married