A YORKSHIRE fish and chip shop has become so popular with tourists from the Far East that it plans to open a branch in China.
Scotts became a hit with Chinese visitors after the country’s president Xi Jingping dined there with then prime minister David Cameron in 2015.
Coachloads of tourists on their way to see York now call in every week, tucking into cod and chips for £12.50.
The chippy, which gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor, has translated its menu into Mandarin and set up pages on Chinese social media sites.
Restaurant owner Tony Webster said the publicity surrounding Mr Xi’s visit had turned his restaurant into a ‘household name’ in China. He has now agreed a deal in principle to open a Scotts in the city of Chengdu — the capital of the south-western province of Sichuan.
Mr Webster said: ‘We used to have very few Chinese customers, but after Mr Xi dropped by that trickle turned into a flood.
‘It attracted the attention of the worldwide media and the subsequent publicity we received was phenomenal. It resulted in Scotts becoming a household name, here and abroad.
‘On the back of this, I was approached by a consortium of Chinese businessmen keen to recreate Scotts in the Chinese city of Chengdu.
‘I have now agreed in principle to work in partnership with them.’ He said the restaurant, set to open by the end of the year, would be an exact copy of the business, on the A64 at Bilbrough, between York and Tadcaster.
‘This is an incredibly exciting prospect,’ he said. ‘The thought of fish and chips in southern China is mouth-watering.’
On his visit, Mr Xi also tried a pint of Greene King IPA at a Buckinghamshire pub with Mr Cameron, causing a surge in demand for the beer in China. The pub, The Plough at Cadsden, became a tourist hotspot and was later bought by a Chinese investment firm.