WHEN news spread of the ultimate new snack sweeping Bolton — we sent our reporter to find out more — all socially distanced of course.

Traditional chippy Flounders Fish and Chips in Blackrod started selling the ultimate comfort food — a battered chip barm — last month.

We love a good barm in Bolton — we invented the pasty barm remember — and now this Blackrod restaurant and takeaway has gone one step further.

The Bolton News: Outside of Flounders Fish and Chips on Church Street, Blackrod

At just £2 a pop they are decent value and, while we wouldn't recommend having one every day, they are a great treat once in a while.

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Here's what our reporter — and Scotsman — Sam Ormiston thought of Bolton's newest delicacy.

Our review of Flounders Fish and Chips’ battered chip barm

WHEN I arrived at Flounders Fish and Chips in Blackrod yesterday, just after opening time, there was a queue right out the door.

After a short wait, I was greeted by chippy owner Victoria and her hard-working staff, who told me all about the new sensation that is sweeping Blackrod, Bolton and beyond.

Coming from Scotland originally, I’m used to deep frying anything and everything, from Mars Bars to haggis, so I thought I’d tried it all – until now.

The Bolton News: Battered chip butty

The ‘battered barm’ wasn’t what I expected but it was delicious. It was extremely light and I think I polished it off in a quicker time than it took to cook - and at only £2, I’m not surprised they’re so popular.

Being in the North West, I felt obliged to have the gravy filling, but I will most certainly be back to try the other three flavours, English curry, Chinese curry and mushy peas.

Despite currently being on a diet in a bid try and get rid of my ‘lockdown belly’, I was happy to take the day off.

The Bolton News: A busy lunch service

If you live local, then I would encourage you to get down and support your local chippy.

And if you’re not, make sure it’s on your bucket list for post-lockdown scran.

The Bolton News visited the restaurant as part of its continued coverage of how businesses are coping in lockdown. Our reporter wore a mask – other than when trying out the new snack – and remained socially distanced at all times.