Chip butty

A chip butty is a sandwich filled with chips (thick-cut deep fried potatoes, similar to steak fries), optionally eaten with condiments such as brown sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, or malt vinegar. The bread may be slices from a loaf or a bread roll, and is usually buttered. The chip butty can be found in fish and chip shops and other casual dining establishments in the British Isles.[5][6][7][8][9]

Chip butty
A classic chip butty made with chips, white bread, and butter
Alternative namesChip sandwich, chip barm, chip roll, chip muffin, chip stottie, piece and chips, hot chip sandwich, chip sarnie, chip cob
Place of originUnited Kingdom[1][2][3][4]
Main ingredientsBread or a bread roll, butter, chips, and sometimes condiments such as tomato ketchup, malt vinegar, brown sauce, or mayonnaise

Other names for the sandwich may relate to the variety of bread used, such as chip roll or chip muffin, or a regional type of bread roll such as chip bap, chip cob or chip barm.[10]

Scallop butty

A variation frequently seen in the North of England is the scallop butty, in which potato scallops (potato slices that have been battered and deep fried) are used in place of chips.[11][12]

Cultural context and references

Kate Fox noted in her book Watching the English, "even if you call it a chip sandwich rather than a butty, it is about as working-class as food can get".[13]

A football chant called "The Greasy Chip Butty Song" (sung to the tune of "Annie's Song" by John Denver) is popular with the supporters of Sheffield United Football Club.[5][6]

See also


  1. Naylor, Tony (7 August 2020). "How to eat: chip butties". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  2. Hancock, Sam (12 March 2020). "A Brief History of the Humble Chip Butty". Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  3. "Sandwich Monday: English Chip Butty". 6 December 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  4. "Chip Butty - Traditional Sandwich From United Kingdom". TasteAtlas. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  5. Modha, Sanjana. "11 Reasons Why the Chip Butty Deserves Your Love and Respect". Food Network. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. Brooks, Zach. "Serious Sandwiches: The Chip Butty". Serious Eats. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  7. Kapadia, Jess (5 April 2012). "Eating in England: Chip Butty". Food Republic. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  8. Hayward, Tim (28 August 2015). "How to Make the Ultimate Chip Butty". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  9. "Chip Butty: The British Empire Strikes Back". Sandwich Tribunal. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  10. Smith, Matthew (20 July 2018). "Cobs, buns, baps or barm cakes: what do people call bread rolls?". YouGov. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  11. Groch, Laura (9 February 2012). "Try Some New Sandwich Ideas". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. "15 Regional Treats Worth Traveling For". Enterprise Magazine. Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  13. Fox, Kate (2014). Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior (2nd ed.). Nicholas Brealey. ISBN 978-1857886160.
  14. Anderson, Brett (15 April 2009). "French Fry Po-boy at Parasol's". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
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