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CHRISTMAS DINNER IS BETTER IN BATTER.

Byline: Mike Lockley and Paul Suart

YULE never believe it, but two cheeky chippies are determined to make Christmas even batter for customers.

The fries the limit when it comes to celebrating the season at Bearwood Fish Bar, Smethwick, and Wythall's Hollywood Fish Bar.

Because bosses Andrew Doughty and Chris Christoforou are bringing fast-food to the festivities by offering an entire, calorie-crammed Christmas dinner - in a bun.

Andrew and his team at Bearwood are creating a battered Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

That's Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and carrots, wrapped in a turkey breast and doused in batter.

For dessert, there's battered mince pies and even battered Christmas pudding.

Dad-of-two Andrew has high hopes for his December desserts.

"I think we'll have a decent take-up on the mince pies and the pudding, but I don't think as many people will try the Christmas dinner," he conceded.

"Even so, it's a challenge for the team and you never know what the response will be."

In Wythall, 31-year-old Chris and his chefs are fine-tuning a hunger-busting burger - a turkey crown, stuffing and cranberry sauce smothered in gravy - with battered Christmas cake for afters.

Chris, who runs the takeaway with 32-year-old wife Nicki, said: "I'm really pleased with the burger.

"It's a complete Christmas meal - without the sprouts.

"It's the ideal thing to bite into while watching the Queen's Speech or Great Escape."

The seasonal special - to be rolled-out in the next two weeks - is the latest in a line of culinary stunts dreamed up by Chris, which saw him serve up battered Cadbury Creme Eggs at Easter.

"Everyone tells me I should be in PR," he said proudly.

And turkey and cake are not the only Christmas fare in danger of getting the Hollywood treatment.

Chris is exploring the possibilities presented by the traditional cheeseboard - with the working title, 'Cheeses of Nazareth'.

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FRYING HIGH: Chris Christoforou at Hollywood Fish Bar and Maxine Devonport at the Bearwood Fish Bar with their battered Christmas fare.
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