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Mar 3, 2010 10:06 AM

Where oh where to get "mushy peas"???

OK, so, I went to Ireland this past fall for the first time, and of course, i had to get the a REAL irish fish and chips. I got my first plate at a pub called Brogan's in a small-ish town called Ennis in County Clare...what I received was a delicious mound of lightly fried and flaky fish, with a mountain of chips and an odd side of something rather...mushy looking? I asked the barkeep what the aforementioned item was and he looked at me as if I had three heads...he said, rather matter-of-factly "peas! fish and chips and peas!". well then, once I knew what they were and began to devour them, well, I just haven't stopped thinking of them since. After my return to the US, I did search online for peas, and found they are rather traditional in the UK. I did find a thread on Chow hound regarding where to "buy" peas to make mushy peas, but i am lazy and would much rather go out for the whole traditional "ambiance" and eat my mushy peas out. Sooo, my question to all of you scholarly fellow Chow Hounders is...where, oh where can I find a lovely plate of heaping fish and chips and PEAS in the Boston area????

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  1. Until recently you could have had this at The Battery in Brighton. Now, I'm not so sure. However, if it's having the peas you're mainly interested in, they can be bought canned (making them yourself may be possible, but these days is hardly traditional). Shaw's Porter Square usually has them.

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    1. re: chickendhansak

      they often have them in cans at Stop & Shop on Watertown St. "Heinz Mushy Peas".

      1. re: chickendhansak

        Yes a shame that the Battery closed loved there chips and sausage in batter, curry sauce was good but have to say there peas were a little off, not real at all

        Here is a link to buy then on line, I believe the company is out of Nashua, NH

        You can also pick them up at some stop and shops, there is also a store on route 1 in Saugus that has them, you may also want to try Bachelors Marrowfat peas there real good to

        Hope this helps

        1. re: djr222

          Matter of taste I suppose -- I thought The Battery's peas were fine. In fact everything they did was good as far as I'm concerned, except the fish.

          You can also get canned mushy peas (and even pease pudding) at British Delights in Westford, MA.

          1. re: chickendhansak

            I love British Delights! I shop there for my mushy peas and Walker''s crisps (Smoky Bacon and Roast Chicken flavors, yum!!).

          2. re: djr222

            The store on Route 1 in Saugus is "Amanda's Union Jack", and it's in Peabody (134 Newbury Street, aka Route 1), not Saugus.

            I've also found Batchelors Marrowfat Peas at Star Market/Shaws in the past in the Irish or English import aisle.

        2. James Gate in JP serves them with their Bangers and Mash.

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          1. re: bostonbroad

            The Haven in JP serves "minty" mashed peas with their fish and chips. They are served cold (the peas- not the fish and chips). Not sure if that's traditional or not.

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            1. stop and shop international aisle....I am in Chicopee, and buy them there in a can made by Batchelors. Altenatively, grow them...real easy , buy the seeds from Montecello...

              1. You can buy the canned variety at Stop and Shop or at the stores in Adams Village.