Binley Mega Chippy in Coventry has been welcoming people from the UK and abroad since videos and memes about the business have garnered millions of views – with people from Australia, Portugal and France among their customer lists
A UK crisp shop has become an unlikely tourist spot for thousands of visitors from around the world after it went viral on TikTok.
Binley Mega Chippy in Coventry has been welcoming people from the UK and abroad since videos and memes about the business started garnering millions of views.
Customers have been queuing outside the doors for the past few days – leaving the chip shop’s staff and its owner stunned. Some people have traveled from Australia, Portugal and France, while UK visitors are coming from Scotland, Essex and Portsmouth.
The reason why the West Midlands Chippy became world famous in a matter of days remains unclear, but seems to have been triggered by a catchy fan jingle.
Young people can now be seen outside the store singing the theme tune as they wait in line to try their £4.99 Morbius menu of fish, chips and mushy peas.
Fencer Josh Perks, 18, made an eight-hour round trip from his Portsmouth home with two friends after seeing the takeaway was trending on TikTok.
He said: “We just thought it was a laugh, we wanted to see what the fuss was about. It was great fun, there was a bit of a party atmosphere. I don’t think the staff there can get their thoughts on what’s really going on.”
Student Ben Bradley, 19, from Coventry, added: “I met a guy who had come over from France. Who is coming to Coventry from France? Some guys from Scotland came too. It’s crazy, but the most British thing ever.
“It certainly shows the power of social media. It’s like a festival here. It has to be the most famous destination in Coventry at the moment and it’s just our local crisp shop.”
Foodie influencer Mashtag Brady, 28, from Derby, said: “It’s been like a trip to Mecca, it’s like it’s become a place of worship. I’ve seen many other famous TikToker influencers there as well, it’s the place to be in the moment, everyone just wants to be part of the moment.
“There was even a guy outside offering free haircuts, it has become the place to promote other businesses as well. It’s crazy. But in reality the place is just your average chippy but that’s the funny thing about it.
“I had bratwurst, fries and curry sauce with a can of coke and it was around £6.50 so the price was reasonable. I was starting to wonder if this was all a big prank as I hadn’t actually seen any videos of people eating there.
“But when I got there, the line was out the door. She was rammed. You have to make a coin. Some of the guys said they drove three hours on three buses to get there. People come from everywhere. “
Bartender Jennifer Braley, 21, traveled from Leicester with friends Daisy Connor, 21, and Ben Groombridge, 24, and enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries.
She said: “Our whole TikTok is just filled with these Binley Chippy videos so we thought we have to check out this place. You would watch a video and scroll down and another would be there. We just love the theme song, it’s so funny.
“It was like a festival atmosphere outside, people were singing and the videos were playing, it was crazy.” “It was actually a really fun experience and we’re glad we did it. I also thought the food was delicious – I would definitely go back. But we just went to say we have it. It was a good laugh.”
The Chippy caught the attention of millions when a TikTok food reviewer posted a slideshow of Britain’s best takeaways, first naming Binley Mega Chippy. Since then it has spawned numerous parody accounts, memes, comedy videos and even featured in Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
Opened in 2004, the diner changed hands eight months ago and is now run by Kamal Gandhi.
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