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Yes, this really is the best fish supper money can buy

The Bay in Stonehaven – the town that gave us the deep-fried Mars bar – was last week voted Britain’s top food destination

Stonehaven, the newly crowned home of the world’s finest fish supper experience, is also a globally acclaimed hothouse of gastronomic innovation. Its symbiotic relationship with the deep-fat fryer is illustrative of Scotland’s as a whole and began in 1992. That was when the Carron fish bar launched its infamous deep-fried Mars bar, a full-blooded wee confection which went on to launch a thousand quips, mainly at Scotland’s expense, and waves of recrimination among the hipsters and high priests of haute cuisine.

Last week, though, there was only adulation as this little fishing village, 15 miles south of Aberdeen, awoke to the news that it had been rewarded for offering the best food experience in the UK. The Bay fish and chip shop, overlooking a handsome little North Sea inlet, appears at the top of the UK’s entries in the Lonely Planet’s new collection of the world’s best food experiences.

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