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27th May 2021

Irn Bru fish and chips are a thing and I don’t know how to feel about it

Charlie Herbert

Only in Glasgow.

There’s no doubt that Scotland is a country of many wonders, and Glasgow is a city of many wonders. And there is perhaps no world in which this is more apparent than the culinary one.

Scottish salmon. Haggis. Deep-fried Mars bars. And of course Irn Bru, the drink of Scotland.

Well now there is a growing trend of not just drinking the orange, life-giving nectar, but also using it as an ingredient in dishes.

At one restaurant in Glasgow you can get Irn Bru fish and chips.

Served at Birdtree & Bellfish you can order to the fizzy drink-inspired meal along with other unique Scottish-inspired meals such as Buckfast glazed chicken chaat and deep fried Mars bar with rum and raisin ice cream.

The fish and chips is described on the menu as: “Irn Bru fish supper with caramelised pickled onions, mushy peas and tartare sauce.”

The dish uses an Irn Bru batter as oppose to the traditional beer batter to put a fizzy, orange spin on a British classic.

It’s not the only Irn Bru-inspired dish in the city though. Glasgow Live reports that at Bloc you can get the Bru Boy sandwich, which includes as one of its main ingredients, Irn Bru pulled pork.

It is described as ‘Glasgow in a sandwich,’ and is made up of butter-grilled bread, Irn Bru pulled pork, mature Scottish cheddar and spicy Irn Bru sauce.

Well I’m absolutely here for it. Anything that shouts about the amazing medicinal (not yet backed by science) properties of Irn Bru is something I’m prepared to back.

Probably still a stunning hangover cure as well, even as a batter on some fish.