A HAMPSHIRE fish and chip shop owner is turning his takeaway into the most festive in Britain - by serving battered Christmas puddings.

Stuart Allen, 38, has also deep fried festive favourites Quality Street chocolates to get into the Christmas spirit - and revealed they tasted surprisingly good.

Mr Allen will let customers bring their own Christmas puddings into his chippy and will deep fry them to enjoy with their takeaway.

He says he will also batter Quality Street chocolates for customers if they request it, however he adds the little snacks are more difficult to deep fry.

Mr Allen, who owns Hamble Lane Fish and Chips, in Bursledon, believes the battered puddings are the perfect treat to celebrate the festive period.

He said: “The puddings tasted really good. They took about three or four minutes each to deep fry - after dipping them in the batter and in the oil they turned out really well.

“The Quality Street chocolates were more difficult to deep fry because you need to try and prevent a hole from appearing, because all of the chocolate will drip out - but they tasted really good as well.

“I am more than willing to deep fry my customers’ Christmas puddings if they bring them here while they are ordering dinner, it’s nice to get in the Christmas spirit with the locals and to try something a bit different.

“I’m sure most people have never had a battered Christmas pudding before, but they should try it because they will be very surprised.”