Brothers fish and chip shop, in Brading, is a novelty on the Island: a chip shop which is not on the beach – or even near it.
Hence, like Brading itself, it has much of the charm of a quiet rural town, and is rarely overtaken by hordes of tourists. Set on the main road, the coaches grind past Brothers daily, but few take the time to stop and enjoy this unspoilt little town. Matt, too, passes through Brading regularly, and eventually decided he had driven past one time too many, and on the way home from a late assignment at work decided to stop at Brothers and collect a fish supper.
Brothers is a small and very traditional chip shop. The jolly staff behind the counter laughed and joked with each other and their regulars whilst efficiently dispatching a wide variety of orders. Locals queued quietly, the archetypical clients of a English chippy: an elderly gent having an ‘OAP special’; a young girl still in her school uniform collecting the family supper; and a handyman in paint-stained overalls with a cigarette behind his ear. Matt was impressed by the hand-written menu on the chalkboard – a wide range of white fish was available as well as all the many other chip shop staples, such as burgers, sausage and pies. Cod, haddock, plaice and rock salmon were all on offer: Matt chose haddock and medium chips, which weighed in at a very reasonable £4.25: not seaside prices, either.
Haddock and chips £2.90
On unwrapping the hot parcel at home, Matt was delighted with his dinner. The tasty, flaky haddock, whilst a fairly modest portion, had obviously been well-prepared – not a bone or scrap of skin was to be found on it. It was encased in excellently crisp batter which did not stick to the paper – just right. The chips too, were freshly cooked and tasted great. Top quality fish and chips from a characterful venue, providing good value for money.