Towards the end of my wait I could hear mutterings from behind the counter: “how many chips do we have”, “no more cod”, “we’ve run out of plastic bags”, “that’s the last of the battered sausages”. And still the line wasn’t getting any smaller.
Finally, as the advertised 9 o’clock closing time approached my order appeared. “Do you want a plastic bag?” I had 4 orders of fish, chips and assorted other fried bits that I couldn’t manage unaided so they managed to find a bag and I left with our dinner. There were still around 20 or 30 people lined up outside, waiting hopefully to order food.