Stacey Solomon is best known for being a presenter on Loose Women.
The 31-year-old rose to fame and gripped the nation’s hearts when she placed third on the X Factor, losing out on the crown to Olly Murs and Joe McElderry.
But after her stint on the show, Stacey revealed she had to return to her old job to make ends meet.
She went back to Oh My Cod! (great name), a fish and chip shop in Hornchurch in East London.
Speaking on Loose Women, Stacey revealed that she “was really good at wrapping chips”.
She also praised their battered sausage, saying it was “amazing”.
So, I headed off to sample some food from Stacey’s old employer.
Hornchurch is a London village conveniently located on the District line, Overground, and C2C train, and I was fascinated with how pleasant the area was as I walked to my destination.
I aimed to arrive slightly after the dinner rush, but the line to Oh My Cod! was out the door and down the block when I showed up at 7.30pm.
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It definitely seemed like I’d accidentally discovered a local gem, and I overheard several people chatting about this being their regular Friday meal.
Oh My Cod! is a humble establishment – no seating, just one counter to order fish and chips and another to order kebabs.
One of the cooks came out while we were all waiting to take orders to make sure everything was fresh and we wouldn’t have to wait, which warmed my very hungry heart.
When I got to the front of the line, I ordered all the classics – family-size chips, cod, and scampi.
I also got Stacey’s favourite battered sausage, and headed back home to try it all.
My first bite is always the chips, because I find it sets a precedent for the rest of the meal.
If a place has terrible chips, the probability of the other food being fantastic is low.
These were great – not crispy at all, which is just what you want when you’re having battered fish.
There was no grease on my fingers after I’d eaten one, which is another big plus, and the portion size could have fed a family of four (which is probably why they call them family sized).
I got them with salt and vinegar, and am happy to report they put just the right amount on.
Arguably the most important part of fish and chips, this is what would make or break my dinner.
I needn’t have worried – the fish was cooked perfectly and the batter was light and crispy.
Another win for Oh My Cod!
I got myself the scampi as a treat because I love seafood, and I was not disappointed.
The batter could have been a bit lighter, as I had to chew through quite a lot to get my shrimp.
But once I did, I was very pleased with what I found: soft, fresh, lightly salted scampi.
I saved the best till last with this one.
Stacey Solomon was not lying when she said Oh My Cod’s battered sausage was amazing, and she’d be happy to know it’s still up to her standards.
Crispy batter and an extremely tasty sausage made for a very happy ending to this all-round satisfactory meal.
Find Oh My Cod! at 96 North St, RM11 1SU, and visit their website for more information.
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