A family run chip shop has put its own unique twist on some festive favourites - by deep frying them!
Mister Eaters Eating Emporium in Ribbleton, has got the Christmas fun off to an unusual start, by selling battered mince pies and battered Christmas pudding.
The chippy on Longridge Road, which was recently filmed for a programme by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, is owned and run by Corinne and John Clarkson.
Corinne, 38, said: “We decided to reintroduce the sweet festive treats following Heston Blumenthal’s visit to our shop in October.
“We had experimented years ago with these two items but we didn’t really make a big thing of them.
“This year though, because of Heston’s visit, we were thinking of trying a few menus items which were a bit more unusual, as a kind of tribute to the interest and enthusiasm that Heston has caused at our shop.”
The deep fried mince pies sell at 80p each and the Christmas puddings are £1 - and customers can add cream or ice cream for 50p.
Corinne added: “Both myself and John have tried both and so have all the staff. “We all firmly agree that they are a great taste sensation. So wrong - yet so right.
“The very idea of them puts a smile on your face, imagine what the taste will do.
“It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s dark, we’re in a double dip recession, all things Christmas should be celebrated, food with a sense of humour? It’s a no brainer.”
And, the husband and wife team’s creativity doesn’t stop there.
Corinne said: “The other addition that we have made to the menu, although not festive, but far outselling any of the other unusual sweet treats is battered Curly Wurly.”
It isn’t the first time the pair have created unusual treats for their customers, their menu has many items not available in other chip shops, including battered Creme Eggs and battered Battenberg.
“Probably our main drive for trying these things is that we always like to do something different,” said Corinne, “We are constantly experimenting and modifying what we do and how we do it, we also embody northern humour. Put the two things together, you get Mister Eaters, a unique gastronomic experience.”