Will & Ben: Renaissance Men – Fish Supper.
Will & Ben and the Invention of the Fish Supper.
Little do people know that it was William Shakespeare who first invented the fish supper as we know it today.
It’s creation came about in this strange way…
One night in Southwark’s more salubrious quarters, Will and Ben were downing (and sometimes quaffing) pints of merrry mead when the conversation turned on to the subject of food.
Will: Hast one a hunger, Ben?
Ben: Aye, Will; I hast a hunger for wine, women and song!
Will: Apart from those fine hobbies of yours, Ben, hast thou a hunger for the love of food?
Ben: Well, Will, now that you come to mention it… hast thou any thoughts upon what food we could devote our attentions?
Will: ‘Tis Friday, Ben; and fish is the recommended dish, is it not?
Ben: Yeah, verily, Will: good old English fish cooked in good old English water and served with a good old English apology.
Will: Usually, Ben, I would say ‘yes, you are quite right!’ but I know a place where they will fry the fish for you. I supplied them with a flour-paste coating for the fish – with special herbs – and they coat the fish with it!
Ben: Sounds disgusting, Will!
Will: That’s as maybe, Ben; but, I have gained a taste for it; they will also fry some of Raleigh’s Potatoes for you, if you like.
Ben: Was that also at your behest?
Will: Aye, Ben; I am something of a fish-monger as well as being a word-monger.
Ben: Okay, Will, where is this place?
Will: Up by the Battery.
Ben: Let is do this thing, Will; ‘tid Friday, and we shall suffer fish.
Will: Super, Ben; let us begone hence!