23 August, 2011

Fish Tea Anyone?

So, I was walking down Byres Road in West Glasgow yesterday and walked past this sign. It made me stop and think. Took me a minute, then I understood what it was actually offering (proud moment...I realised that I'm actually understanding some things Scottish!). I kept thinking about the sign and chuckling, so I actually grabbed my camera from home and returned a couple hours later with a friend and took a photo to share with you all!

First reactions? Americans and other non-British folks, take a guess at what this is offering! Just wanted to share a bit of the fun of living in Scotland. :)


  1. I hate to say it...but I'm thinking...tea that is made with fish?

  2. Doesn't sound very good does it? I'll explain what it is within the next day. ;)

  3. Advertising Fish Tea is really not as weird as it first appears. Tea is short for teatime another term used for dinner/dinnertime. Fish in this case is referring to a Fish Supper, which includes battered and fried fish with chips (thick fries). So, "Fish Tea" in this instance means that they were offering a Fish Supper for dinner at the price of 2 for £10! :) I just love that it appeared to be something really gross from an outsiders perspective!

  4. A fish supper is fish and chips. A fish tea is fish and chips plus green peas, buttered bread and tea or coffee.

  5. Thanks for the clarification! :)

  6. Hi,
    my name is EIlis Martin and i am a student in UWS in Ayr, Scotland and I am making a short documentary about the various cultures in Scotland. I interviewed a Dutch lady and she said that one thing she found strange when she s=first came to Scotland was stye signs outside cafes for fish tea. I was wondering would it be possible to use this picture in my film.

    1. Ellis, feel free to use this particular picture about Fish Teas. Hope you enjoy your research and studies! Good luck on your documentary!