Are these the best chips in Norfolk?
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 March 2018
A familiar sight snaking through the market on a Friday lunchtime is the long queue leading up to iconic chip van.
The red trailer feeding the people of Diss has stood in Market Place for almost a hundred years and is never without customers.
They are coming up to their centenary in 2021 but owner Simon Reeve is reluctant to make plans as they “haven’t got there yet”.
He inherited the van from his father and it has been in the family since his great-grandfather set up shop in the 1920s.
With 97 years of frying potatoes under their belt, it is no wonder they have nailed the perfect cone of chips.
An office trip on a crisp and sunny spring afternoon to the chip van for lunch was a resounding success with one customer not hesitating to recommend the chips.
Dianne Lodge, from Walcot Green, said: “These are the best chips in Norfolk. They’re absolutely brilliant and I’ve been coming to Simon’s van for years.”
A simple (and vegetarian-friendly) menu of chips, chip butties and cans of drink can be paired with the classic sauces of ketchup, mayonnaise and the classic curry sauce.
This, coupled with traditional serving options of in a cone, tray or buttered butty, creates the ideal market day dining experience.
The chips themselves were, as Dianne rightly pointed, are up there with the best in Norfolk and the curry sauce was thicker than the standard one would expect but that just ensured the chips were adequately coated.
Simon and his number two, Chris, offered conversational and friendly service to the long queue and no one felt like they had to wait too long for their lunch.
An offering of traditional salt and vinegar was of course available on the counter to accompany the five star food.
My only disappointment is that I had not tried Simon’s chips before.