One of a row of takeaways in Wootton High Street, Terry’s is celebrated for its incandescent Christmas lights display – sufficient to draw festive coach parties simply to observe it. However, for would-be diners, illuminated fish tastes much the same as dingy fish, and so the question Matt and Cat set out to answer concerns the quality of the chip shop and its produce, rather than this remarkable seasonal installation of vernacular al-fresco electrical festivity.
Your reviewers were heartily greeted and orders were taken within moments, despite the very crowded shop. The eponymous Terry presides lugubriously over a cheery team, who dispense chips along with wit, and even the occasional song. Somehow the many hands behind the chip bar managed to keep all the complex orders separate, and distribute to the appropriate customer the right parcels, with or without vinegar, salt, napkins and any other extra.
The shop is clean and tidy, if a little worn, and it has the not unwelcome style of a takeaway from the last century with much plastic and chrome, and an overhead menu complete with faded random pictures of food.
Matt’s haddock and chips were very flavoursome, and perfectly cooked with exceptionally crispy batter. The chips were varied and well-cooked, with good colour. Junior reviewer Bill selected saveloy and chips, and whilst he praised the chips highly, commented that the sausage was a bit dry and tough, prompting the suggestion that he might ask for a fresh one next time. The haddock was cooked to order, but, unlike some chip shops, Terry’s also piles up common items (such as saveloys) in readiness. So if you want a medium cod or a battered sausage, you will probably get one very quickly. Nevertheless, if complete freshness is your concern, you could always ask for a fresh one to be cooked for you.
A good local chippy, conveniently placed on the main road, which provides very good service and enjoyable food.