How you can get a chippy lunch for less than a quid in Derby

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Lunch for 99p? Yes please!

Boxes of chips - complete with sausage or home-made fish cake - are flying off the counter at George's Tradition in Allestree - and they're less than a quid.

Their cut-price meal deals – available until 4pm every day – are causing quite a stir.

So we went to see if the shop, based at the Park Farm Centre, in Allestree, really is dishing up the perfect dinner.

Have you tried the 99p meal deal at George's Tradition in Allestree?

Have you tried the 99p meal deal at George's Tradition in Allestree?

What’s great at George’s Tradition in Allestree, is that you can sit in even if you’re buying a 99p boxed take-away meal. The price doesn't change - and it's great news if the weather is bad.

Inside, the small team were cheerful. The place was buzzing and at least a dozen people were taking advantage of the 99p deal.

Diners were tucking into their small take-away boxes and quite a few were sitting in the shop’s restaurant.

You can have chips with a sausage, fish cake or simply a chip butty for 99p

You can have chips with a sausage, fish cake or simply a chip butty for 99p

I decided to ask for chips and a homemade fish cake and I was really interested to see just how many chips I got.

And the fishcake? Well it could have been the size of a two pound coin – but no, it was huge!

The chips were piled high and the fish cake, which smelled delicious, was plonked on top. In fact, Emily – my server – struggled to close the box.

I also have to tell you that if you fancy splashing out £1.49, you can have a fish butty or fish goujons and chips.

If you buy a 99p deal you can sit in the restaurant at George's Tradition in Allestree

If you buy a 99p deal you can sit in the restaurant at George's Tradition in Allestree

I paid my 99p and set off to find a table.

I really liked the fact that George’s Tradition is happy for you to do that. I’m sure they’re even busier because you’re allowed to stay inside.

I grabbed a plastic knife and fork, sprinkled on some salt and vinegar, and went to sit down.

At the next table, I overheard a guy telling his companion that “these chips are the best in the area.”

And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Going. Going. Nearly gone!

Going. Going. Nearly gone!

The chips were blooming wonderful. Crispy, hot and plentiful. And the fish cake? It was creamy, seasoned with parsley, and definitely hit the spot.

I thoroughly enjoyed my 99p meal and I can imagine Allestree folk are grinning from ear to ear that George’s Tradition is on their doorstep.

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There’s also branches in Chellaston, Belper and Chilwell, Long Eaton and Ilkeston. They seem to be popping up all over the place and that’s great news if you fancy trying its 99p lunch.

Hats off to the team. You’ve got lunchtime nailed and I loved it! AND – I’ll be back!

This is on the wall - it's good isn't it?

This is on the wall - it's good isn't it?

HISTORY:

On the George’s website, it says the first shop was opened in 1967 by a guy called George! Since then, it says a lot has been learned when it comes to making the very best fish and chips.

From day one, George wasn’t happy frying any old fish. From the beginning, only the highest quality fish would do.

The place was spotless, the staff were cheerful and lunch was 99p

The place was spotless, the staff were cheerful and lunch was 99p!

And it’s safe to say that the brand – which has expanded considerably – is still as obsessed with serving good food.

On the website, it says: “Some people may call us a chain or say we’re a little corporate BUT we’re far from that. We’re a growing family.”

OPENING TIMES:

Monday – Thursday 11.30am-9pm.

Friday – 11.30pm-10pm.

Saturday – 11.30am-9pm.

TELEPHONE:

Tel: 01332 557 888