A FISH and chip shop in Christchurch has been making waves in the community throughout lockdown with their quirky menu. 

Captain Cod in Stour Road will batter absolutely anything their customers ask for with nothing safe from the fryer, including a chip butty!

Famous in the region for their seasonal battered mince pies, owner Vicky Webster has been taking requests throughout lockdown and no food is off-limits.

The seasonal specials and random requests can make it on to the menu permanently if they pick up enough love from the customers. 

Some of the quirky items include battered brussels sprouts and pigs in blankets, battered cheese burgers, battered chips and even a battered scotch egg. 

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Battered chip butty with curry sauce (Captain Cod)

Vicky said: "As soon as I put the chip butty on Facebook last week it went mad, we've already sold about 100 of them.

"It sounds a bit different but it actually tastes really good. It's similar to a savoury donut with the curry sauce and bread."

Vicky first started working at Captain Cod when she was just 13 and was determined to run the place one day. 

By the age of 19 she took over the fish and chip shop and has been running it ever since. 

Having spent more than 20 years in the shop, Vicky found the separation from customers over lockdown difficult. 

Determined to put a smile on her customers' faces, Vicky said: "Nothing's off-limits, I'll batter anything they want because it could put a smile on their face and help to brighten their day."

A fan of the seasonal specials you can even order a battered Cadbury's creme egg at Captain Cod ahead of Easter.

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Vicky (centre) has owned Captain Cod in Christchurch for more than 15 years. 

After tragically losing a close friend last year, Vicky is determined to give back to the community and wants to help boost people's mental health and well-being. 

She said: "I class my customers as family and it's a big thing for me - without them I wouldn't have a business.

"They've supported me tremendously throughout the whole pandemic and I just want to give something back."

Going above and beyond, Vicky donated free-school lunches for children across the region from October until just last month, no matter the parent's circumstances. 

Now looking to thank community champions, Vicky is looking for a 'local hero' who she wants to treat to a free meal for the family as well as free chips for a whole month. 

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Some of the team at Captain Cod in Christchurch

To nominate someone you know as a local hero, get in touch with Vicky on the Captain Cod Facebook page.

Visit captaincodchristchurch.co.uk/menu/ to see the full menu - they even have Chulli's pizza on a Thursday or Saturday.

Have you tried any weird and wonderful food locally? Let us know in the comments.