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Are these the best chips in Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 March 2018

A chip butty with curry sauce is just one of the combonations on offer at the Diss Chip Van. Photo: Harriet Orrell

A chip butty with curry sauce is just one of the combonations on offer at the Diss Chip Van. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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A familiar sight snaking through the market on a Friday lunchtime is the long queue leading up to iconic chip van.

A classic cone of chips is a traditional offering at the Diss Chip Van. Photo: Harriet OrrellA classic cone of chips is a traditional offering at the Diss Chip Van. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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.

The Diss Chip Van was launched in the Market Place almost a hundred years ago by Simon Reeve's great-grandfather. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe Diss Chip Van was launched in the Market Place almost a hundred years ago by Simon Reeve's great-grandfather. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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.

Simon Reeve and his number two Chris keep the people of Diss fed every Friday as queues to the van snake around the market. Photo: Harriet OrrellSimon Reeve and his number two Chris keep the people of Diss fed every Friday as queues to the van snake around the market. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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.

Fans of all ages make sure they get their chips. Photo: Harriet OrrellFans of all ages make sure they get their chips. Photo: Harriet Orrell

The queue for the Diss Chip Van is a familiar sight on Fridays. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe queue for the Diss Chip Van is a familiar sight on Fridays. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Simon Reeve inherited the chip van from his father and it has been in Market Place for almost 100 years. Photo: Harriet OrrellSimon Reeve inherited the chip van from his father and it has been in Market Place for almost 100 years. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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