It may look like just your average chippy but Chinese tourists have been flocking in their droves to this fish and chip restaurant in northern England.
Coach-loads of visitors from the Far East have descended on Scott’s Fish and Chips in York every week making it an unlikely must-see destination.
Located on the A64 near Bilbrough, the café is so popular with foreign customers that it has translated its menu into both Mandarin and Cantonese and has even set up its own page on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo.
Tony Webster, 56, the manager of the award-winning restaurant, says he has been so busy that he has even turned away whole groups because he was not able to cater to its needs.
Tony said: "It’s growing, but typically we get around 100 Chinese visitors a week, which is maybe three or four coach parties.
"The word is spreading. The Chinese are very active word of mouth marketeers themselves, so by embracing their language and social media platforms, that’s the thing that really seems to be working for us."
Tony credits the restaurant’s recent popularity to former Prime Minister David Cameron after he treated Chinese Premier Xi Jin Ping to a battered cod and chips at a pub near Chequers in 2015.
"It is a funny sight to behold, they come in and take pictures of the restaurant, pictures of themselves, pictures of their meal and then pictures of them eating their meal," Mr Webster said.
It’s not only the food that that has been enthusiastically embraced by diners – but also pints of Yorkshire bitter.
Tony said: "They generally want hot water because they bring their own Chinese tea, and it’s generally tea leaves rather than tea bags.
"And then some of them actually want a pint of beer, so we’re fully licensed and have beers on draught.
"The best seller is a pint of Yorkshire bitter to go with their proper Yorkshire fish and chips – they absolutely love it."
Tony gives groups a discount of £9 per plate from their cod and chips and says that he is delighted with their business.
Everybody gets a warm welcome when they walk in the door and the Chinese are always smiling.
"They want to eat their fish and chips, take their pictures, and then go on to the next attraction."
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