The term “Binley Mega Chippy” might mean nothing to many people who don’t use the app regularly.
However, those three words should bring a smile — and a growling stomach — to avid TikTok fans.
But why has this seemingly unremarkable chip shop become so popular? The origins of everything are hard to pin down, as are many weird internet trends.
It’s not even like it’s a new facility; Since opening in 2004, Chippy has been a local meeting point in Binley, a suburb to the east of Coventry.
Why does it capture the imagination of so many?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Binley Mega Chippy?
On the surface, Binley Mega Chippy is just a simple fish-and-chips shop in the Coventry suburb that has become an internet sensation.
If you don’t know the “song” yet, it’s not hard to learn. It essentially combines a football terrace style chant with the word “Binley Mega Chippy,” one listen and you’ve got it covered.
It’s admittedly catchy and has stuck in this author’s mind since I saw and heard it earlier in the day.
The song was just the beginning, however, and since then Binley Mega Chippy has spawned ‘remixes’ and reviews focusing on the venue’s £4.99 ‘Morbius Meal’ – fish and chips, mushy peas and a can of soda.
It’s been simmering in the TikTok realm for some time (over half a million people have seen the tune and thousands more have used it to create their own videos), but last weekend was Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival in Coventry.
This gave music fans a chance to make their own pilgrimage to the famous Chippy to find out what all the fuss was about.
“I have no idea what happened,” said Kamal Gandhi, the store’s owner. said The Guardian. “On Thursday it started getting crowded and I noticed people outside taking photos. I was just like, ‘What are people doing?’”
“We’re assuming that someone from the area who likes the food made the song and it just went viral.”
Where’s Binley Mega Chippy?
Thousands of people made their way to the Chips Show to see the culinary delicacies – including those from overseas – for themselves.
According to The Guardian, the shop has seen minibuses from Dundee, families from Essex and Portsmouth and even a Portuguese passenger who flew in in particular.
The Chips shop is on Binley Road, Binley – so you couldn’t really get more Binley if you tried – about 15 minutes drive from the center of Coventry.
Binley grew from a small mining village on the outskirts of Coventry to the large residential area it is today.
Ellie and George Foster, aged 16 and 15, wore Binley Mega Chippy Mega Fan t-shirts as they traveled from Nottinghamshire to get their food.
“We saw it on TikTok. It’s just pretty random and that’s what makes it fun,” they said said The Guardian. “We made the t-shirts to wear when we came and they gave us a free bottle of soda and photos.”
“Of all the things they wanted to do during the semester, this was at the top of their list,” said the siblings’ mother, Claire. “We could have gone to the sea but no, they said they were going to Binley Mega Chippy.”
What are some of the reviews?
Of course, following its rise in popularity, the diner has been inundated with rave customer reviews, many of which are hilarious in their whimsical nature.
“Binley Mega Chippy gave my life meaning,” wrote one listless customer, while another said he’s “never eaten anything like it.”
“Amazing place, the culture and passion put into the chips give me a reason to live. I love Binley Mega Chippy,” wrote another.
“The staff comforted me when I was crying on the floor. 5 stars,” said one customer who was blown away by the quality of the food.
Another headed there in such a hurry that they “broke my favorite crocodiles.”
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